La Albiceleste is once again among the best eight in the World Cup and faces a phase in which they both enjoyed and suffered.
The World Cup once again found the Argentina national team among the best eight teams. After beating Australia in the Round of 16, they will now take on the Netherlands at the same stage they met 24 years ago. And for Albiceleste, the quarter-finals meant great joy, but also a heavy defeat that is still fondly remembered.
A review of the history of the Argentine team at this level begins in 1966 and goes directly to 1986, because between 1974 and 1982, the three editions in which the group stage passed, the dispute system was with the second stage with groups of four teams ( and three in Spain 82).
GOAL reviews each of Argentina’s games as a quarter-finalist.
After two disappointments in 1958 and 1966, Argentina qualified Group 2, shared with federal Germany, Spain and Switzerland, to enter the best eight. But there the local was waiting for him, who has to win or win. Even without Malvinas’ weight in the historic rivalry, the English were superior in the game and had the help of referee Rudolf Kreitlin, who sent off Rattin for alleged insubordination when there was still no red card in the rules. The midfielder sat down on the Queen’s carpet, warming up to Wembley and Hurst made it 1–0 with 13 minutes remaining, which meant the elimination of Albiceleste.
Two decades later, a war is involved and with Diego Maradona. The most epic match in the history of the Argentina national team with Pelusa’s presence as the king of the world: a goal with his own hand at 51, piled on to convert the best goal in World Cup history four minutes later. Lineker waved off but Albiceleste knew how to avenge the defeat in 1966 and resist the bloody war in the Malvinas.
Like everything in that World Cup, it was excruciating for Argentina. Not because of the game, in which they controlled Yugoslavia, but they could not break the 0–0 tie and for the first time in their history, they had to settle a tie with a kick from the penalty spot. And it was on 30 June, four years and a day after being anointed as champions at the last World Cup, that the mythic Gočićia appeared to save Brnović and Stojković’s penalties, despite the fact that Troglio and Maradona had missed them. .
Argentina had once again eliminated England in the round of 16 and met the Netherlands with Van Gaal’s Ajax base and a great candidate to fight for. Kluivert put the Dutch ahead and quickly equalized with Piezo López. In the second half, Batistuta broke the stick of van der Sar, the hero minutes later to receive Ortega’s header which left Passarella’s men with 10. Moments later, Bergkamp kicked the ball into the area and volleyed over Roa to end the rout. Albiceleste.
The disaster of Korea-Japan and Argentina had passed, after defeating Mexico, it came to the local. As the second half began, they silenced the Berlin Olympics with Ayala’s header, but Abondanzieri’s injury complicated things and the recently signed Leo Franco was unable to keep out Klose’s header. With the critical departures of Riquelme and Messi sitting on the bench, Jens Lehmann pulled out his “machete” to save Ayala and Cambiasso’s penalty and a pass penalty for the semi-final in Germany.
South Africa 2010
The rematch was a real disaster. Led by Diego Maradona, Argentina had won all four of their games, but the dream was dashed with a bang: after three minutes, Müller put the Germans ahead, who knew how to stop Messi and put him in the area. to leave away from And when they started to equalize, Klose responded with a devastating strike on 68′, Frederick on 74′ and then Klose on the lapidary to make it 4–0.
One of the best collective actions in Albiceleste’s memory was against Belgium. After the agony of elimination to Switzerland, Alejandro Sabella pitched a perfect game against a young team, but was already marked as “lovely”. As soon as the duel began, Gonzalo Higuain parried Courtois’ shot and everything dominated from there, like Basanta controlling Hazard, or the brilliant and surprising displays Mascherano put in against Witsel and Fellaini. with. The only stain was Di Maria’s tear, which denied him the coming time, but the Argentine managed to “cross the Rubicon” after 24 years.