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World Cup’s 101 Most Memorable Moments: Argentina 6, Peru 0

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By Doug McIntyre
FOX Sports activities Soccer Author

Editor’s observe: Every day between now and the kickoff of the primary match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Nov. 20, we’ll unveil a distinct reminiscence from World Cup historical past. The countdown from 101 continues with Argentina’s route of Peru.

Tied on factors however trailing South American rival Brazil on purpose distinction, Argentina needed to beat Peru by not less than 4 targets of their ultimate group stage match to succeed in the ultimate of the 1978 World Cup.

That might be a tall job for any crew, even one led by the good Mario Kempes towards an inferior, already eradicated opponent. But the Albiceleste acquired what they wanted and extra, trouncing the Peruvians 6-0 earlier than going to say their first title by beating the Netherlands 3-1 in Buenos Aires after additional time.

The triumph towards Peru wasn’t with out controversy. Within the years since, there’s been hypothesis that maybe the guests agreed to lose the sport by the required scoreline to permit the house crew to advance to the championship match. The Peruvian gamers could even have been pressured to take action by the navy authorities that dominated Argentina from 1976-83: dictator Jorge Rafael Videla reportedly paid a go to to the away crew’s locker room earlier than kickoff. 

Nothing sinister has ever been confirmed, although. Argentina went on to win its second title in 1986. Nonetheless, the lopsided consequence from eight years earlier stays a part of the competitors’s lore — and one in every of its memorable moments.

Argentina’s controversial 6-0 win

Did Peru deliberately lose to assist Argentina?

One of many main soccer journalists in North America, Doug McIntyre has lined United States males’s and ladies’s nationwide groups at a number of FIFA World Cups. Earlier than becoming a member of FOX Sports activities in 2021, he was a employees author with ESPN and Yahoo Sports activities. Observe him on Twitter @ByDougMcIntyre.

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