• Short Summary

    A TWO-ALL DRAW ON SUNDAY (31 AUGUST) PUT PERU IN, AND ARGENTINA OUT, OF THE WORLD SOCCER CUP FINALS IN MEXICO NEXT YEAR.

  • Description

    A TWO-ALL DRAW ON SUNDAY (31 AUGUST) PUT PERU IN, AND ARGENTINA OUT, OF THE WORLD SOCCER CUP FINALS IN MEXICO NEXT YEAR. THE RESULT WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST SHOCKS SO FAR IN THE QUALIFYING ROUNDS. ARGENTINA, ONE OF THE TOUGHEST TEAMS IN SOCCER, WAS EXPECTED TO MAKE THE FINALS EASILY. THEY DID WELL IN THE 1966 CONTEST, AND WERE FAVOURITES, WITH BRAZIL AND URUGUAY, TO QUALIFY IN THE SOUTH AMERICAN SECTION. BUT THEIR PERFORMANCE IN THIS SERIES HAD BEEN DISAPPOINTING.

    ON SUNDAY, HOWEVER, PLAYING ON HOME GROUND AT BOCA STADIUM, BUENOS AIRES, AND CHEERED ON BY 85,000 FANATICAL SUPPORTERS, THE ARGENTINIANS FOUGHT HARD. THEY HAD TO WIN TO AVOID ELIMINATION.

    THE FIRST HALF WAS GOAL-LESS. BUT AFTER THE INTERVAL, THE PERUVIANS, IN WHITE SHIRTS WITH A DIAGONAL STRIPE, LAUNCHED A DETERMINED ATTACK, AND TO THE JEERS OF THE CROWD, RAMIREZ SCORED AFTER 62 MINUTES.

    EIGHTEEN MINUTES LATER, ALBRECHT, IN ARGENTINA'S BLUE AND WHITE STRIPES, EQUALISED FROM THE PENALTY SPOT.

    RAMIREZ SHOWED HIS FORM AGAIN AFTER ONLY TWO MINUTES, NEATLY AVOIDING AN ARGENTINIAN OFF-SIDE TRAP TO PUT IN A SECOND GOAL FOR PERU.

    WITH ONLY THREE MINUTES OF PLAY LEFT, RENDO, AN ARGENTINIAN SECOND-HALF SUBSTITUTE, GAVE HIS TEAM THEIR SECOND EQUALISER.

    THE TENSION BY THEN HAD BECOME ALMOST UNBEARABLE. ARGENTINIAN SUPPORTERS, INCENSED BY PERUVIAN DE LA TORRE'S ATTACK ON ONE OF THEIR PLAYERS, HAD BEGUN TO PELT THE PERUVIAN GOAL-KEEPER WITH MISSILES, AND HAD LIT FIRES OF WASTE-PAPER ON THE STADIUM STEPS.

    BUT PERU'S LAST MINUTE STAND TO HOLD THE DRAW CAPTURED EVEN THE HEARTS OF THE TERRACES, AND AT THE END, THE CROWD ROSE AND WAVED IN TRIBUTE.

    PERU BECOMES THE THIRD SOUTH AMERICAN TEAM TO QUALIFY FOR THE MEXICAN 16-NATION FINALS. THE OTHERS ARE BRAZIL AND URUGUAY. IRONICALLY, THEIR RISE TO THE TOP HAS BEEN MASTERMINDED BY FORMER BRAZILIAN ACE DIDI, WHO TOOK OVER AS COACH OF THE SIDE LAST YEAR.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3WOK2JZ8KXG0W8PG6F11Q4UKA
    Media URN:
    VLVA3WOK2JZ8KXG0W8PG6F11Q4UKA
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/09/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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