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Remembering Previous World Cup matches Between Argentina and France 

Varun Nair
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 16:34 IST

#2 1978 World Cup: Argentina 2-1 France

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The second meeting between the teams in 1978 ended with a 2-1 victory for Argentina

It took 44 years for the next meeting between the teams as once again they were drawn into the same group. This time both teams faced off against each other in the second match of group 1 with France needing at least a point against Argentina after they had lost their opening match to Italy while Argentina started off with a victory over Chile

The eventual 1978 World Cup winners Argentina squad consisted of players such as Mario Kempes and future two-time World Cup winner Daniel Passarella as captain while the French squad consisted of Henri Michel and future three-time Balon d'Or winner Michel Platini in their midst.

Also read: 50 Greatest Players in World Cup History - #21 Mario Kempes

In a game marred by controversy where France were denied a number of penalties, it was the French who had the upper hand as Argentina failed to stop the impressive Michel Platini, who was playing a gem of a match.

But despite all the advantage, it was La Albiceleste who scored first as Daniel Passarella slotted in a 45th-minute penalty for the hosts.

Soccer - World Cup Argentina 78 - Group One - Argentina v France - Monumental Stadium

With a defeat and exit from the World Cup on the cards, it was France again who started off the second half in impressive fashion mounting attack after attack. Finally, the breakthrough came as Platini scored the equaliser for Les Blues in the 60th minute of the match.

But it was Argentina who had the last laugh as Leopoldo Luque scored int he 73rd minute to give La Albiceleste a 2-1 lead with 17 minutes left in the match. In spite of France's efforts, Argentina won the match 2-1 as France exited the tournament while Argentina next faced Italy for a chance to top their Group.

Argentina went on to win the 1978 World Cup becoming only the sixth nation ever to win a World Cup and also the fifth country to win it as the hosts.

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