Peru 3 Scotland 1

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Peru 3 Scot­land 1, Es­ta­dio Chat­eau Car­reras, FIFA Wor­ld Cup Fi­nals Group Sta­ge Fix­ture, June 3, 1978. A clo­se ran­ge goal from Man­chester Uni­ted marks­man Joe Jor­dan wi­th four­teen min­utes gone of the fir­st pe­riod was not enough for Scot­land as The Tartan Ter­ri­ers suc­cumbed to a dis­ap­point­ing 3-1 de­feat at the hands of Peru at Es­ta­dio Olimpico Chat­eau Car­reras in Cor­doba in their open­ing en­counter in the FIFA Wor­ld Cup in Ar­gen­tina in 1978.

The Scot­tish te­am had lost 1-0 ag­ainst Eng­land in the Brit­ish Ho­me Cham­pi­on­ship in front of al­most 90,000 spec­tat­ors at Hamp­den Park in their pre­vi­ous fix­ture, where­as The In­cas had be­en de­feated 3-0 by Brazil in a friendly en­counter wit­nessed by clo­se to 145,000 people at the Maracana Sta­dium. The Tartan Ter­ri­ers went in­to an early lead ag­ainst Peru thro­ugh the al­ways dan­ger­ous Joe Jor­dan who fou­nd the tar­get from some six yards out in the 14th min­ute of the group sta­ge clash af­ter Per­uvi­an goal­keeper Ra­mon Quiroga had failed to hold a low shot from Der­by Coun­ty mid­fielder Bru­ce Ri­och. The White and Red got more in­to the mat­ch as the fir­st pe­riod wore on and Ali­anza Lima mid­field play­maker Cesar Cueto equal­ised for Mar­cos Calderon´s si­de as he ham­mered the ball pa­st Par­tick Thistle shot stop­per Alan Rough and in­to the bot­tom right cor­ner of the net three min­utes be­fore the sound of the ha­lf time whistle. Af­ter the re­sump­tion, a chal­lenge on Ri­och in­side the eight­een-yard box gave Scot­land a pen­alty-kick on the hour ma­rk, but Base­ball Gro­und team­mate Don Mas­son missed from the spot. Ten min­utes la­ter in the con­test, at­tack­ing mid­fielder Teo­filo Cu­bil­las put the Per­uvi­ans ahead wi­th a blis­ter­ing shot from out­side the pen­alty area be­fore the same man sco­red ag­ain in the 77th min­ute when he fired a fierce free-kick which flew pa­st Rough and in­to the net to make it 3-1 to the So­uth Amer­ic­ans. To top it all, West Brom­wich Al­bion wing­er Wil­lie John­ston tested pos­it­ive for the stim­u­lant Fen­cam­fam­in af­ter the clash wi­th Peru and was ex­pelled from the Wor­ld Cup. Peru Te­am: Ra­mon Quiroga, Hec­tor Chumpitaz, Ruben Tori­bio Diaz, Jai­me Du­arte, Ro­dolfo Manzo, Cesar Cueto, Jose Velasquez, Teo­filo Cu­bil­las, Guillermo La Rosa, Ju­an Jose Mun­ante, Ju­an Car­los Ob­l­it­as. Sub­stitutes: Percy Ro­jas, Hugo Sotil. Scot­land Te­am: Alan Rough, Tom For­syth, Stu­art Ken­nedy, Mar­tin Bu­chan, Ken­ny Burns, Bru­ce Ri­och, Asa Hart­ford, Wil­lie John­ston, Don Mas­son, Ken­ny Dalg­lish, Joe Jor­dan. Sub­stitutes: Arch­ie Gem­mill, Lou Macari.


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Ar­gu­ably, Joe Jor­dan re­cor­ded his most im­port­ant goal ever for Scot­land when the stri­ker head­ed ho­me the win­ner in the 2-1 Wor­ld Cup Quali­fier tri­umph ag­ainst Czecho­slovakia at Hamp­den Park on the 26th of Septem­ber 1973, help­ing his coun­try qual­i­fy for the 1974 FIFA Wor­ld Cup in West Germany.


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