World Cup History - On this day: The shame of Gijon

Eurosport - Fri, 25 Jun 07:25:00 2010

We continue our recap of daily events in World Cup history with a look at the controversial group match between rivals West Germany and Austria at the 1982 finals.

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June 25

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1978 - On this day, at Argentina '78, the Netherlands lost their second successive World Cup final, falling to the hosts 3-1 after extra-time. Having come so close four years earlier, the Dutch once again were just 90 minutes away from glory. Mario Kempes' struck after 37 minutes to give Argentina the advantage, but an 82nd minute reply from Dirk Nanninga sent the game into extra-time. Kempes' second of the match restored the Argentine lead, and a third goal from Daniel Bertoni sealed the victory, confining the Dutch to another hearthbreaking defeat.

1982 - 28 years ago, West Germany and Austria played one of the dullest matches in World Cup history. Knowing that a 1-0 victory for the West Germans would see both neighbours advance to the next round at the expense of Algeria, the manner in which the game was played caused great controversy. After Horst Hrubesch's 10th minute goal gave the Germans the lead, the two sides resorted to passing the ball aimlessly around the field for the rest of the match. Infuriated, the Algerians filed a protest arguing the result had been fixed, but FIFA rejected their claims, and insisted the result should stand. The controversy resulted in FIFA regulating that both final group matches were to be played at the same time in future tournaments.

2006 - Germany '06 was the most undisciplined World Cup to date, with referees handing out no fewer than 28 red cards over the course of the tournament. Four of those came in a fractious second round match between Portugal and the Netherlands, and it should have been five after Luis Figo's blatant head-butt on Mark van Bommel only warranted a caution from referee Valentin Ivanov. The Portuguese had Costinha and Deco dismissed while their counterparts also finished the match with nine men after Khalid Boulahrouz and Giovanni van Bronckhorst saw red, as Maniche scored the only goal in a 1-0 win for Luis Felipe Scolari's men.

Also on this day

1947 - The Diary of Anne Frank was published for the first time.

1985 - Borussia Monchengladbach's Algerian star Karim Matmour, part of coach Raban Saadane's World Cup squad, is celebrating his 25th birthday today.

1986 - Having suffered a near-fatal car accident, Charlie Davies bid to recover in time for the World Cup fell just short. He turns 24 today.

1991 - Slovenia, who are currently participating South Africa, declared their independence from Yugoslavia 19 years ago to this day.

2009 - The music industry came to a standstill with the news that American pop music legend Michael Jackson had died at the age of 50.

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