After the hype and expectation that accompanied Scotland to Argentina for the 1978 World Cup, their subsequent group-stage performance was a bitter disappointment.
Coach Ally MacLeod had hyped up his side ahead of the tournament - even though the Scots had never before escaped from the group stage - but they left themselves with too much to do after falling to Peru in their opener and then being held by Iran.
Nonetheless, they still could have advanced into the knockout stages ahead of their final fixture, when they were pitted against 1974 finalists the Netherlands.
Scotland had been lethargic, uninspired and clumsy up to their final bout, but suddenly they found the vim and vigour that MacLeod had promised and began to attack their more illustrious foe.
The Scots fell behind to a Rob Rensenbrink penalty, but Kenny Dalglish levelled the contest before Archie Gemmill put the Tartan Army ahead from the spot.
By this point, the momentum was firmly with the Scots, and Gemmill added a third with one of the most beautiful goals ever scored in the World Cup.
Picking the ball up out wide, he drifted inside, slaloming past tired Dutch challenges, before slamming a stunning drive past Jan Jongbloed.
Ultimately, Scotland won 3-2, but fell short of reaching the next round.
While Gemmill's strike ultimately meant nothing in the context of Scotland's campaign, the goal was immortalised in the 1996 film Trainspotting, and remains the Scots' finest moment on the grandest stage of all.