In a tough and often vicious match, Argentina won a place in the 1974 World Cup Soccer finals on Sunday night (7 October), by beating Paraguay 3-1.
GV Paraguay kick off 1 to r and general midfield play as crowd watch
GV Argentina attacking ball cleared, Paraguay attack as crowd look on (2 shots)
GV PAN Paraguay in possession ball kicked up field first goal scored by Escobar and crowd applaud (3 shots)
GV Argentina attack Paraguayan goalie makes save (2 shots)
GV Penalty to Argentina, and they score crowd applaud (3 shots)
GV Start of 2nd half Argentina r to 1 midfield play as crowd look on (2 shots)
GV ZOOM IN to SV Paraguayan player sent off
GV Argentina attack and score 2nd goal crowd applaud (2 shots)
GV Paraguay attack forward misses open goal as crowd looks on (2 shots)
GV Argentina attack and score their 3rd goal (2 shots)
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Background: In a tough and often vicious match, Argentina won a place in the 1974 World Cup Soccer finals on Sunday night (7 October), by beating Paraguay 3-1.
Argentina was particularly keen to qualify for the finals as they are to host the 1978 World Cup Championships.
The first goal of the evening came in the 23rd minute, scored by Paraguay's Escobar. But two goals from Ayala, in the 35th and 57th minutes, put Argentina in front. A third goal, scored by Guerini, five minutes from the end of play cemented Argentina's victory.
There were 32 fouls in the first half alone, and the Argentinean equlisier came from a penalty. Play was held for five minutes as Paraguayan players protested the decision.
In the final minutes of the game, Paraguayan captain Saturino Arrua was sent off the field after he had joined team-mates in an argument over a free kick given to Argentina.
Despite the behaviour on the field, police reported no incidents among the 80,000 spectators at the game.
SYNOPSIS: Argentina met Paraguay in Buenos Aires on Sunday night to decide which South American team would qualify for the 1974 World Cup Soccer finals. Paraguay, playing from left to right, kicked off.
It was a tough and often vicious game, in the first half alone, there were 32 fouls. Both teams went into the game with an equal number of points in their South American World Cup group.
In the 23rd minute Paraguay got possession of the ball. Escobar scored, putting Paraguay ahead, 1-0.
The goal shocked the 80,000 Argentina fans in the Boca Juniors Stadium.
Argentina then mounted a fierce attack, but the Paraguayan defenders were able to keep them at bay.
But the Paraguayan defence was broken. In the 35th, minute Argentian scored a penalty goal, equalising the game, 1-1. Play was held up for five minutes afterwards as Paraguayans protested the decision. By the beginning of the second half, the Argentine team were gaining the upper hand.
Early in the second half Molinas of Paraguay was sent off, giving an advantage of Argentina.
Almost immediately afterwards, Ayala netted Argentina's second goal.
Although the depleted Paraguayan team tried to rally, they had lost their initial impetus.
Argentina confirmed their place in the finals of the World Cup, scoring their third goal minutes before the end of the game. The final score, Argentina 3, Paraguay 1.