25th June 1978: Argentina win 3-1 over Netherlands in the World Cup Final at the Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Netherlands’ Dick Nanninga scores an equalizer in the 82nd minute to send the final to extra-time. Mario Kempes scores his second goal of the final in the 105th minute to give Argentina the lead. A further goal by Daniel Bertoni secures a 3-1 victory to the host nation.
Argentina: Fillol – Olguin, Galvan, Passarella (c), Tarantini – Ardiles (66 Larossa), Gallego, Kempes, Bertoni – Luqué, Ortiz (75 Houseman)
Netherlands: Jongbloed – Poortvliet, Krol (c), Brandts, Jansen (73 Suurbier) – Neeskens, Haan, W. van de Kerkhof, R. van de Kerkhof – Rep (59 Nanninga), Rensenbrink
The tournament had two group stages and no knock-out matches. Argentina secured their final places thanks to a better goal difference than Brazil. Argentina won their final group match 6-0 over Peru. Netherlands won their group above Italy and West Germany.
This was the first World Cup trophy for Argentina and they became the sixth team to win the World Cup (after Uruguay, Italy, West Germany, Brazil and England). Eight years later Argentina won next World Cup to be held outside Europe when they beat West Germany in Mexico. The defeated finalists in 1978 Netherlands had also lost the previous final against West Germany in Munich.
Mario Kempes was the tournaments top-scorer with six goals.