Spain vs Sweden, World Cup 1978 First Round

For twelve years Spain had waited. The World Cup 1978 in Argentina was to be the first tournament La Roja would compete in since 1966. One week into the competition Spain were already fighting for survival.

A stunning 1:2 defeat to Austria in their opening match and a goalless draw with Brazil left them joint third in Group 3. Their final opponents in the First Round had likewise drawn with Brazil and then lost to a tremendous Austrian side. When they met on June 11th at Estadio José Amalfitani in Buenos Aires only the winner could harbour any hopes of advancing. Continue reading