Scotland were the only team from the home nations to qualify for the 1974 world cup finals held in West Germany and were drawn in group 2 that was decided by how many goals could Brazil, Yugoslavia and Scotland score to defeat Zaire. Every other game played in the group was drawn. So the three top teams all finished with four points. Yugoslavia hammered them 9-0. Brazil beat them 3-0. Scotland could only manage a 2-0 margin, and so were edged out of the tournament on goal difference. After holding the mighty Brazil to a goalless draw, and going through the group unbeaten, the Scots felt somewhat unlucky to be eliminated. The format of the competition changed from 1970: 16 teams qualified, divided into four groups of four. The top two teams in each group advanced to the second round, where they split into two groups of four. The winners of each group played each other in the final, and the second place finishers in the third place match. Ironically, the two second-round groups both produced matches that were, in effect, semi-finals. In group a, the Netherlands and Brazil met after each had taken maximum points from their previous two matches. In group B, the same was true of West Germany and Poland - so the winners of these two games would contest the final.