1978 FIFA World Cup Group 1
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1978 FIFA World Cup Group 1

Group 1 of the 1978 FIFA World Cup was one of four groups of nations competing at the 1978 FIFA World Cup. The group's first round of matches began on 2 June and its last matches were played on 10 June. All six group matches were played either at Estadio José María Minella in Mar del Plata, or Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires. The group consisted of Argentina (the host of the tournament) as well as Italy, France and Hungary.


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Italy 3 3 0 0 6 2 +4 6 Advance to second round
2  Argentina 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 4
3  France 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 2
4  Hungary 3 0 0 3 3 8 −5 0
Source: FIFA


Italy vs France

The first game in Group 1 pitted Italy against France. Italy were favored to win but had been victims of plenty of dull and unexciting performances leading up, while a rejuvenated French team were making their first appearance since the 1966 world cup. The first goal came with under a minute as goalkeeper Bertrand-Demanes passed the ball to Didier Six who ran down the entire length of the pitch before delivering a good cross that Bernard Lacombe headed past Dino Zoff to score the first goal of the tournament. Italy controlled the rest of the match and equalized half way through the first half when after the ball pinged around the area it glanced off the unsuspecting Paolo Rossi and into the goal. It would be the first of 9 goals Rossi would score at the finals. Shortly after the beginning of the second half substitute Renato Zaccarelli's shot went in. The Italians saw out the rest of the match, which saw little chances except for Maxime Bossis's shot that flew just wide of Zoff's post. Despite it being an unremarkable match it featured the emergence of two teams that would dazzle the world four years later at the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

Italy 2-1 France
Rossi Goal 29
Zaccarelli Goal 54
Report Lacombe Goal 1
GK 1 Dino Zoff (c)
DF 2 Mauro Bellugi
DF 3 Antonio Cabrini
DF 5 Claudio Gentile
DF 8 Gaetano Scirea
MF 9 Giancarlo Antognoni Substituted off 46
MF 10 Romeo Benetti
MF 14 Marco Tardelli Yellow card 35
MF 16 Franco Causio
CF 18 Roberto Bettega
CF 21 Paolo Rossi
MF 15 Renato Zaccarelli Substituted in 46
Enzo Bearzot
GK 21 Jean-Paul Bertrand-Demanes
DF 3 Maxime Bossis
DF 4 Gerard Janvion
DF 7 Patrice Rio
DF 8 Marius Tresor (c)
MF 10 Jean-Marc Guillou
MF 11 Henri Michel Yellow card 81
MF 15 Michel Platini Yellow card 60
FW 16 Christian Dalger
FW 17 Bernard Lacombe Substituted off 74
FW 19 Didier Six Substituted off 76
MF 14 Marc Berdoll Substituted in 74
FW 20 Olivier Rouyer Substituted in 76
Michel Hidalgo

Argentina vs Hungary

GK 1 Sándor Gujdár
DF 2 Péter Török Substituted off 46
DF 3 István Kocsis
DF 6 Zoltán Kereki (c)
DF 4 József Tóth
MF 5 Sándor Zombori
MF 18 László Nagy
MF 13 Károly Csapó
FW 10 Sándor Pintér
FW 8 Tibor Nyilasi Yellow card 21 Red card 89
FW 9 András Tör?csik Yellow card 48 Red card 88
DF 12 Gy?z? Martos Substituted in 46
Lajos Baróti

Italy vs Hungary

Italy once again had an uncertain start against Hungary in their second group game and appeared nervy early on, and Hungary had several good chances to score. But just after the half-hour mark Paolo Rossi made it two goals in two games by firing home after a shot had deflected into his path. Just a minute later Roberto Bettega took advantage of some poor defending to make it two goals in two minutes. Mid way through the second half Romeo Benetti fired in a superb shot and Italy had the victory all but secure. It could have been so much more as the Italians hit the crossbar a total of three times in the game. Late on Hungary won a penalty kick, which was dispatched by substitute András Tóth but it was just consolation as Hungary were eliminated and Italy confirmed their spot in the second round.

Italy 3-1 Hungary
Rossi Goal 34
Bettega Goal 35
Benetti Goal 61
Report A. Tóth Goal 81 (pen.)
GK 21 Ferenc Mészáros
DF 3 István Kocsis
DF 6 Zoltán Kereki (c)
DF 4 József Tóth
DF 12 Gy?z? Martos Yellow card 64
MF 5 Sándor Zombori Yellow card 26
MF 18 László Nagy Substituted off 46
MF 13 Károly Csapó
FW 10 Sándor Pintér
FW 7 László Fazekas Substituted off 46
FW 17 László Pusztai
MF 16 István Halász Substituted in 46
FW 19 András Tóth Substituted in 46
Lajos Baróti

Argentina vs France


France vs Hungary

Both teams arrived to the match with white shirts, and France was forced to borrow green-striped shirts from local club Kimberley de Mar del Plata.[1]

France 3-1 Hungary
Lopez Goal 23
Berdoll Goal 38
Rocheteau Goal 42
Report Zombori Goal 41

Argentina vs Italy



  1. ^ Kimberley shirts for the outfield players were only numbered from 2 to 11 and 13 to 16. Therefore, some players wore numbers not corresponding to the FIFA official ones: Dominique Rocheteau wore shirt number 7 instead of 18, Olivier Rouyer wore 11 instead of 20, Claude Papi 10 instead of 12, substitute Didier Six wore 6 instead of 19. For these players, the right FIFA numbers were shown on the shorts. [1] [2]
  2. ^ Initially scheduled at 13:45, the match was delayed as both teams were wearing white shirts. [3]

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