Host nation Argentina is through to the final of the 1978 football World Cup. The?
Host nation Argentina is through to the final of the 1978 football World Cup. The home side beat Peru by six goals to nil on Wednesday (21 June) -- and the whole of Argentina went wild with delight.
SYNOPSIS: In the capital, Buenos Aires, there were scenes of delirious joy as what seemed like the entire population took the streets in celebration. The Argentines were avid demonstrators before the current military government of President Jorge Videla came to power and are making the most of their chance -- after a two-year ban.
Even the tiny tots made their contributions to the festivities. Buenos Aires has been brought to a standstill after every Argentine match so far, but the popular euphoria generated by their place in the final outstripped all other demonstrations. It started on Wednesday night and went on right through most of Thursday.
Showers of confetti are another feature of the celebrations. Someone, sometime will have to clean up, but for the moment nobody cares.
Little has been hear of the once-active Montoneros guerrilla group, who promised propaganda rather than bombs during the period of the World Cup. But however unpopular President Videla's government might be with some sections of the population, politics have been pushed aside in favour of a huge upsurge of national pride.