After taking the lead in the third minute, N. Ireland hopes in this second round?
After taking the lead in the third minute, N. Ireland hopes in this second round World Cup game at Hamlstad were relentlessly ground down by a brilliant Argentine team whose forwards switched positions like quicksilver. The Irish wing-halves were rarely able to gets to grips with inside forwards Labruna and Avio and goalkeeper Gregg - one of the Manchester United Munich air-crash survivors - was constantly in last-ditch action in the second half.
Before 14,000 spectators in this small stadium, Ireland went ahead when winger McParland leapt above a massed defence and headed home a high centre from Bingham, Argentina equalised with a penalty in the 37th minute, winger Corbatta driving home a low shot after Keith had handled. Straight away, Coyle missed a wonderful chance of putting Ireland ahead again, shooting wide from six yards out.
Five minutes early in the second half saw the rout of Ireland. In the 55th minute, the whole Irish defence missed an Argentine centre and leader Menendez scored easily from three yards. Five minutes later, Avio nipped through to head a third, with Irish defenders standing still.
Ireland continued to fight back but were obviously out of their class. Result: N. Ireland 1, Argentina 3.