Robert Rensenbrink dies, the Dutch who almost steals Argentina from the World Cup'78




Rensenbrink controls a ball against Italy in the '78 World Cup.

Footballer Robert Rensenbrink, an international with the Netherlands who is part of Johan Cruyff's legendary 'Orange Mechanic', died at age 72 from a spinal muscular atrophy diagnosed in 2012, the family said in a statement.

Resenbrink played the 1978 World Cup final against Argentina and a shot from him in the 90th minute, when the score was 1-1, he shrunk the thousands of throats that crammed the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires.

The striker arrived on time for a pass areo product of a free kick, but the lack of angle and the goalkeeper's exit Ubaldo Fillol They hindered his shot, which crashed into the post and brought the game to extra time. Subsequently, a goal from Mario Kempes and another from Daniel Bertoni put the 3-1 on the scoreboard, giving Argentina its first World Cup in history.

Rensenbrink, nicknamed in the Netherlands as “The Snake Man”, wore the orange shirt 46 times, scored 14 goals as an international and played the 1974 World Cup final that the Netherlands lost to Federal Germany 2-1.

In the tournament played in Argentina, on June 11, 1978, he scored the number one thousand goal in the history of the World Cups.

He debuted as a professional at the DWS in Amsterdam, but developed his football career in Blgica. The Bruges recruited him when he was 18 and later fich for the Anderlecht, where I played 260 official matches, between 1971 and 1980 and scored 143 goals. In 1976 I received the Golden Boot as the best player in the Belgian League.

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