Argentina v Peru, 21 June 1978

Score6-0 to Argentina
RefereeRobert Wurtz
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals Group B
VenueEstadio Gigante de Arroyito
Attendance37,315
Kick Off: 19:15 Local (23:15 BST) Argentina delayed the kick-off of this match to await the result of the Brazil-Poland encounter. Brazil won by a 3–1 score, meaning Argentina had to beat Peru by four clear goals to reach the final but they managed to do it. Trailing 2–0 at half-time, Peru simply collapsed in the second half, and Argentina eventually won 6–0. Rumors suggested that Peru might have been bribed or threatened into allowing Argentina to win the match by such a large margin. However, nothing could be proved,

6  Argentina

Manager: Cesar Luis Menotti

0  Peru

Manager: Marcos Calderon Medrano

Goals:

Mario Kempes 20 G
Alberto Tarantini 43 G
Mario Kempes 48 G
Leopoldo Luque 50 G
Rene Houseman 66 G
Leopoldo Luque 72 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Ubaldo Fillol
Defender Luis Galvan
Defender Jorge Olguin
Midfielder Daniel Bertoni
Midfielder Americo Gallego
Midfielder Omar Larrosa
Midfielder Oscar Ortiz
Forward Mario Kempes
Forward Leopoldo Luque

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Ramon Quiroga
Defender Hector Chumpitaz
Defender Jaime Duarte
Defender Rodolfo Manzo
Defender Roberto Rojas
Midfielder Cesar Cueto
Midfielder Alfredo Quesada
Midfielder Jose Velasquez

Substitutions:

Rene Houseman for Daniel Bertoni 64
Miguel Oviedo for Americo Gallego 85

Substitutions:

Raul Goritti for Jose Velasquez 51

Cards:

Cards:

Alfredo Quesada Y
Jose Velasquez Y

On the bench:

Midfielder Miguel Oviedo
Forward Rene Houseman

On the bench:

Midfielder Raul Goritti