World Cup countdown: 50 days, Argentina moment number 47, Mario KEMPES

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Mario Kempes scores for Argentina vs. Peru at the 1978 FIFA World Cup. (AFP)

As part of the 50 days, 50 Argentina World Cup moments, we will be counting down the top 50 Argentina moments at a World Cup using the daily number.

We are just 47 days until the start of the FIFA World Cup and in 47th place we have Mario KEMPES who scored Argentina’s 47th goal at a FIFA World Cup. The goal was the first one scored in Argentina’s infamous 6-0 win against Peru at the 1978 World Cup.

Having participated in 1930, 1934, 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1974, Argentina’s 47th goal all time at a FIFA World Cup came at home against Peru on Wednesday, June 21, 1978. It was Mario KEMPES’ third goal of the tournament, a World Cup Argentina would ultimately go on to win. A 6-0 win against Peru in the final second group stage match catapulted the home nation into the final of the 1978 World Cup.

Mario KEMPES scored twice in the game against Peru, as did Leopoldo LUQUE with the other two goals being scored by Alberto TARANTINI and René HOUSEMAN.

Here was Argentina’s starting XI for that match:

4. Daniel BERTONI
5. Ubaldo FILLOL
6. Americo GALLEGO
7. Luis GALVAN
10. Mario KEMPES
12. Omar LARROSA
14. Leopoldo LUQUE
15. Jorge OLGUIN
16. Oscar ORTIZ
19. Daniel PASSARELLA
20. Alberto TARANTINI

There, KEMPES would prove to be the hero once more as he scored twice with Daniel BERTONI scoring the insurance goal in a 3-1 win extra time win against the Netherlands. KEMPES ended as the tournament’s top scorer with 6 goals.

If you missed it, here are our 50 World Cup moments:
50: Sergio ROMERO gets 50th cap vs. Switzerland at 2014 FIFA World Cup.
49: Roberto AYALA scores in the 49th minute vs. Germany at 2006 FIFA World Cup.
48: Angel DI MARIA’s 48th cap for Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina at 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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  1. Is there any chance for Ansaldi and Ascacibar to be included in the squad.I think NT need them.We have good forwards and midfielder.Just right back and defensive midfielder is needed.

    • There are already million players looked by sampoali. I think it is time that sampoali select players that fits his style and start from there.

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