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01/06/1978 West Germany open the World Cup against Poland

It was the opening match in the 1978 World Cup, where West Germany, the defending champions, played Poland to a scoreless tie. Two days later Brazil set the tempo by playing defensively against Sweden in a 1‐1 tie. Both teams advanced to final battles. West Germany was a team in transition, winning just one game in the tournament.


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  • Players who were sent off during the tournament