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Background 31 UEFA national teams entered qualification, and nine teams will qualify for the 1978 World Cup, another could qualify after a play-off against the winning CONMEBAL nation.

A record 107 teams entered, and 97 took part.

The draw took place at the Conquistdor-Sheraton Hotel in Buenos Aires in Argentina.

UEFA Group 2

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
Italy 6 5 0 1 18 4 +14 10
England 6 5 0 1 15 4 +11 10
Finland 6 2 0 4 11 16 -5 4
Luxembourg 6 0 0 6 2 22 -20 0

Matches
12 June 1976
Finland 1 England 4 [1-2]
Olympiastadion, Helsinki (24,336)
Paatelainen
Pearson, Keegan
(2), Channon
22 September 1976
Finland 7 Luxembourg 1 [3-0]
Olympiastadion, Helsinki (4,555)
A.Heiskanen, B.Heiskanen (2), Rissanen (2), Heikkinen, Mäkynen (pen)
Zender
13 October 1976
England 2 Finland 1 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (92,000)
Tuert, Royle
Nieminen
16 October 1976
Luxembourg 1 Italy 4 [0-2]
Stade Municipal, Stad Lëtzebuerg (11,700)
Braun
Graziani, Bettega (2), Antognoni
17 November 1976
Italy 2 England 0 [1-0]
Stadio Olimpico, Roma (70,718)
Antognoni, Bettega
30 March 1977
England 5 Luxembourg 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (81,718)
Keegan, T.Francis, R.Kennedy, Channon (2 (1 pen))
Dresch
26 May 1977
Luxembourg 0 Finland 1 [0-0]
Stade Municipal, Stad Lëtzebuerg (1,800)
A.Heiskanen
8 June 1977
Finland 0 Italy 3 [0-1]
Olympiastadion, Helsinki (17,531)
Gentile, Bettega, Benetti
12 October 1977
Luxembourg 0 England 2 [0-1]
Stade Municipal, Stad Lëtzebuerg (10,621)
R.Kennedy, Mariner
15 October 1977
Italy 6 Finland 1 [3-0]
Stadio Comunale di Torino, Torino (62,888)
Bettega (4), Graziani, Zaccarelli
Haaskivi
16 November 1977
England 2 Italy 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (92,500)
Keegan, Brooking
3 December 1977
Italy 3 Luxembourg 0 [2-0]
Stadio Olimpico, Roma (75,000)
Bettega, Graziani, Causio
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