The Soviet Union and the Argentine football teams met in Buenos Aires on Sunday (28 November) in a match billed as the first dress rehearsal for the 1978 World Cup.
GV Start of game in Buenos Aires, with Soviet Union kicking off from left to right in dark shirts and general play
GV Soviets attack and score goal, which is disallowed by referee
GV Start of second half (2 shots)
GV Argentina attack and shot just misses goalpost as crowd watch (2 shots)
GV Argentina take corner, ball played back towards goal and player heads ball off lien as crowd cheer (2 shots)
GV End of game
SPORT - FOOTBALL
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Background: The Soviet Union and the Argentine football teams met in Buenos Aires on Sunday (28 November) in a match billed as the first dress rehearsal for the 1978 World Cup.
SYNOPSIS: However, the encounter failed to live up to the occasion as both sides found it slow going on the River Plate stadium pitch, which was flooded by torrential rain the night before the match. The Soviet side was consistently caught in Argentina's of side trap.
The visitors had a goal disallowed in the 36th minute of the match, when Brazilian referee Favili Neto ruled Petrosian offside.
In the second half of the match, Argentina began to find form and started to put pressure on the Soviet defence, but could not put the ball into their opponents' net.
The local side continued to attack but the tight Soviet defence kept them from scoring. Among the 35,000 spectators at the match was Mr. J???ao Havelange, President of the International Football Federation (FIFA).
Argentina's best chance came when Houseman passed down the middle to Rocha, who shot past goalkeeper Gontar only to have the ball headed from the line by fullback Hinchigashvili.