Up steps Giorgio, and the ball is in the net. Two goals for Giorgio. Not bad. There is a flutter of interest. But there is a long time to go in the game yet, and Chinaglia looks hungry, hungry. He is even running back to forage for the ball himself.
But then there is neat little Billy Caskey from Northern Ireland making it 2-1 with a header from nowhere and, for 10 minutes anyway, Tulsa looks to be back in the game. Then Franz Beckenbauer spoils the symmetry of the evening by making it 3-1—with assists from Chinaglia and Bogicevic.
When the Cosmos' new winger from Belgium, Francois Van der Elst, is brought down heavily in the penalty box by Defender Barry Wallace, there is another penalty kick for Giorgio, another wrong-way dive by DuChateau. Four for the Cosmos, three for Giorgio. A hat trick. Nice, but not that uncommon.
Wait though. Five minutes later, Bogicevic takes a corner, the ball comes to Van der Elst, he chips it to Chinaglia, and that's four for the target man. It is misery for Tulsa now as Caskey, its most effective player, goes off with a charley horse.
With 15 minutes to go, there is a sweet solo run by Vander Elst, who gets it to Giorgio, who gets it into the net and who has now what the professionals call a nap hand. A nap hand is very remarkable. The record books are checked, and there is Willey's five. Eleven minutes left, and there is a huge groan as Giorgio puts one just a foot outside the far post, but the disappointment is scarcely over when Van der Elst is through again, centering the ball, and Giorgio is diving, stretched out at full length, to head the ball home for the record-breaking No. 6. "I thought I'd break my nose, not the record," he said later.
A minute and odd seconds left. Yet again Van der Elst is breaking through, and, scarcely credibly, Giorgio is hammering home No. 7, right under DuChateau's body. Chinaglia joins the immortals and the Cosmos lead 8-1, and that's how it is at the final whistle.
As the champagne flows in the Cosmos' locker room, just down the corridor young DuChateau sits with his head in his hands. "You try your best all the season," he says, "and it comes to this. Awesome, awesome."
"I never thought they'd just leave me one-on-one," Chinaglia says. "It is very dangerous to leave me one-on-one."
Much, much later, the news that Giorgio has awaited comes in. It would be Dallas. Something for Giorgio to worry about, but then they were hardly dancing in the streets in Dallas, either.