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FIFA World Cup 1974 Final Group Stage

 

fifa world cup 1974 posterThe new second group round happened to produce two matches that were in effect semi-finals. In Group A the Netherlands and Brazil met in the final round having both won their previous matches while Poland and West Germany found themselves in the same situation in Group B. Of course this also meant that there was nothing at stake in the other two final group matches.

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1974 Overview | Group 1 | Group 2 | Group 3 | Group 4 | Final Group Stage

 

Group A
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Netherlands

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Argentina

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Netherlands 4 Argentina 0

Parkstadion, Gelsenkirchen (55,348)
26 June 1974

Netherlands turned on the style, inspired by Cruyff who scored twice, to demolish Argentina. Krol and Rep scored their other goals. Curiously the Dutch socks were not a standard Adidas design and we must assume they were bought locally for this match.

(Tom Sørensen)

 

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Brazil

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East Germany

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Brazil 1 East Germany 0

Niedersachsenstadion, Hanover (58,643)
26 June 1974

The only goal of the game was scored by Rivelino, who drove a swerving free-kick through the East German wall leaving the goalkeeper helpless.

 

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Brazil

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Argentina

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Brazil 2 Argentina 1

Niedersachsenstadion, Hanover (38,000)
30 June 1974

Brazil's veterans of Mexico '70, Rivelino and Jairzinho, scored the goals that ensured they would go into the final match looking for a place in the final while the result eliminated their South American rivals.

(James Ohare)

 

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Netherlands

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East Germany

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Netherlands 2 East Germany 0

Parkstadion, Gelsenkirchen (67,148)
30 June 1974

Neeskens scored in the 13th minute and Rensenbrink added a second in the 59th minute to secure the points for the Netherlands.

 

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Argentina

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East Germany

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Argentina 1 East Germany 1

Parkstadion, Gelsenkirchen (53,034)
3 July 1974

With nothing at stake, the teams played out a draw. For reasons unknown, the Argentinian forward Rene Houseman wore a shirt with a white V neck and cuffs.

(Andre Silva)

 

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Netherlands

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Brazil

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Netherlands 2 Brazil 0

Westfalenstadion, Dortmund (52,000)
3 July 1974

At half-time there was no score in this deciding match. Neeskens broke the deadlock five minutes into the second half and Cruyff made it 2-0 fifteen minutes later.

 

Group B
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West Germany

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Yugoslavia

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West Germany 2 Yugoslavia 0

Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf (66,085)
26 June 1974

Breitner put West Germany ahead six minutes before half-time. Müller made the game safe in the 82nd minute.

 

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Poland

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Sweden

Poland 1 Sweden 0

Neckarstadion, Stuttgart (43,755)
26 June 1974

Poland continued their unbeaten march through the competition with a narrow win. The only goal was scored by Lato in the 43rd minute.

 

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Poland

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Yugoslavia

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Poland 2 Yugoslavia 1

Waldstadion, Frankfurt (55,000)
30 June 1974

Yugoslavia recovered from going 1-0 down to a 24th minute penalty converted by Deyna to level the scores two minutes before half-time. Lato scored Poland's winner with just under 30 minutes left.

 

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West Germany

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Sweden

West Germany 4 Sweden 2

Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf (66,500)
30 June 1974

Sweden were leading at half-time thanks to Ralf Edström. After the break the game burst into life: Overath and Bonhof both scored within the space of minute to give West Germany the lead but this was immediately cancelled out by Sandberg. Grabowski put the Germans ahead again in the 76th minute and with a minute to go, Uli Hoeneß made the game safe with a penalty.

 

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West Germany

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Poland

West Germany 1 Poland 0

Waldstadion, Frankfurt (59,000)
3 July 1974

The deciding match of Group B was goalless until 76 minutes had passed when, inevitably, Gerd Müller scored the goal that sent the hosts into the final.

 

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Sweden

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Yugoslavia

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Sweden 2 Yugoslavia 1

Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf 40,000)
3 July 1974

Sweden came from behind to win the match with a late goal from Torstensson.

 

Third Place Match
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Poland

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Brazil

Poland 1 Brazil 0

Olympiastadion, Munich (74,100)
6 July 1974

Grzegorz Lato was again Poland's hero and finished as the tournament's leading scorer as his team deservedly took third place.

(Pantelis Kalogiannis, Andre Silva)

 

Final
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West Germany

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Netherlands

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West Germany 2 Netherlands 1

Olympiastadion, Munich (75,200)
7 July 1974

Before a German player had touched the ball, Cruyff was brought down in the penalty area and Neeskens scored from the resulting penalty. West Germany struggled to get back in the game but in the 25th minute they were awarded a penalty of their own, which Paul Breitner converted. For the last time, Gerd Müller scored the vital goal two minutes from half-time. (He would retire after the match.) In the second half Müller had a goal disallowed and a late appeal for a penalty was turned down after Hölzenbein went to ground in the Dutch penalty area. West Germany were the first nation to hold both the European and World Championships.

 
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