Argentina beat the Netherlands in Soccer 8-7 on penalties in Berne on Tuesday (22 May) after the two World Cup finalists finished level at 0-0 in a "replay" of their memorable 1978 Cup Final.
Argentina beat the Netherlands in Soccer 8-7 on penalties in Berne on Tuesday (22 May) after the two World Cup finalists finished level at 0-0 in a "replay" of their memorable 1978 Cup Final. The Swiss-based International Football Federation (FIFA), who organised the match to celebrate its 75th anniversary, insisted the game and with a clear-cut result, and the penalty competition lasted twenty minutes before Argentina emerged as winners.
SYNOPSIS: Ninety minutes of football between the sides produced no goals, but in the first half especially there were plenty of thrills for the capacity crowd. The Dutch were determined to avenge their defeat in Argentina, and with batter finishing could have scored twice in the first half.
The world champions felt they should have had a penalty when Rudi Krol brought down their young striker Maradona in the penalty area. But the referee thought otherwise and waved play on.
Argentina missed the skills of star striker Mario Kempes who was injured. And just before the final whistle even Rene van de kerkhof resorted to hopeful long shots for the Dutch side.
Oviedo sent Doesburg the wring way to score the first penalty for Argentina. the Dutch levelled but were first to miss when their second shot hit a post.
Both teams then scored twice, but there was more drama when the Sparta Rotterdam keeper Doesburg saved Argentina's fourth spot kick to the delight of his colleagues.
Three more successful kicks followed, but nerves were beginning to show when Osvaldo Ardiles, who had a magnificent match for the Argentina, stubbed a tame shot into Doesburg's arms.
But then it was Fillol's turn to save low to his right, before five penalties hit the back of the net to make it 8-7 to Argentina.
And the River Plate keeper was the night's hero when he saved from Jan Peters to give Argentina victory.