World Cup countdown: 50 days, Argentina moment number 32, Hernan CRESPO

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Hernan Crespo Argentina
Hernan Crespo standing during the Argentina national anthem.

As part of the 50 days, 50 Argentina World Cup moments, we will be counting down the top 50 Argentina moments at a World Cup using the daily number.

We are just 32 days until the start of the FIFA World Cup and in 32nd place we have Hernan CRESPO scoring his 32nd goal for Argentina against Mexico at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Perhaps a match that is mostly remembered for an absolute dream goal by Maxi RODRIGUEZ, there were still two others which were scored prior to that goal by Maxi. A repeat of the 2005 Confederations Cup semi-final match, Argentina took on Mexico in the Round of 16 of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Rafa MARQUEZ opened the scoring for Mexico early in the match but the lead didn’t last long. A corner kick by Juan Roman RIQUELME landed onto the edge of the foot of Hernan CRESPO and just like that, Argentina’s number 9 had scored his 32nd goal for his country.

The match needed extra time (although it shouldn’t have gone that far as Lionel MESSI had a goal which was wrongly disallowed for offside) and in those extra 30 minutes, we saw one of the best goals in the history of that competition.

Lionel MESSI to Juan Pablo SORIN who sent in a cross to Maxi RODRIGUEZ and well, we all know the rest.

Here was the starting XI for the match:

1. Roberto ABBONDANZIERI
2. Roberto AYALA
3. Juan Pablo SORIN
5. Esteban CAMBIASSO
6. Gabriel HEINZE
7. Javier SAVIOLA
8. Javier MASCHERANO
9. Hernan CRESPO
10. Juan ROman RIQUELME
13. Lionel SCALONI
18. Maxi RODRIGUEZ

Hernán Crespo: Argentina International Goals – Senior Level

# Opponent Competition Date Result
1 Ecuador 1998 World Cup Qualifiers April 30, 1997 Final 2-1 Argentina
2 Peru 1998 World Cup Qualifiers June 8, 1997 Final 2-0 Argentina
3 Venezuela 1998 World Cup Qualifiers July 20, 1997 Final 2-0 Argentina
4 Yugoslavia Friendly February 24, 1998 Final 3-1 Argentina
5 Yugoslavia Friendly February 24, 1998 Final 3-1 Argentina
6 Yugoslavia Friendly February 24, 1998 Final 3-1 Argentina
7 Brazil Friendly September 4, 1999 Final 2-0 Argentina
8 Venezuela 2002 World Cup Qualifiers April 26, 2000 Final 4-0 Argentina
9 Colombia 2002 World Cup Qualifiers June 29, 2000 Final 3-1 Argentina
10 Ecuador 2002 World Cup Qualifiers July 19, 2000 Final 2-0 Argentina
11 Peru 2002 World Cup Qualifiers September 3, 2000 Final 2-1 Argentina
12 Italy Friendly February 28, 2001 Final 2-1 Argentina
13 Venezuela 2002 World Cup Qualifiers March 28, 2001 Final 5-0 Argentina
14 Bolivia 2002 World Cup Qualifiers April 25, 2001 Final 3-3 Draw
15 Bolivia 2002 World Cup Qualifiers April 25, 2001 Final 3-3 Draw
16 Colombia 2002 World Cup Qualifiers June 3, 2001 Final 3-0 Argentina
17 Ecuador 2002 World Cup Qualifiers August 15, 2001 Final 2-0 Argentina
18 Sweden 2002 FIFA World Cup June 12, 2002 Final 1-1 Draw
19 Japan Friendly November 20, 2002 Final 2-0 Argentina
20 Venezuela 2006 World Cup Qualifiers September 9, 2003 Final 3-0 Argentina
21 Bolivia 2006 World Cup Qualifiers November 15, 2003 Final 3-0 Argentina
22 Colombia 2006 World Cup Qualifiers November 18, 2003 Final 1-1 Draw
23 Ecuador 2006 World Cup Qualifiers March 30, 2004 Final 1-0 Argentina
24 Germany Friendly February 9, 2005 Final 2-2 Draw
25 Germany Friendly February 9, 2005 Final 2-2 Draw
26 Colombia 2006 World Cup Qualifiers March 30, 2005 Final 1-0 Argentina
27 Brazil 2006 World Cup Qualifiers June 8, 2005 Final 3-1 Argentina
28 Brazil 2006 World Cup Qualifiers June 8, 2005 Final 3-1 Argentina
29 England Friendly November 12, 2005 Final 3-2 England
30 Ivory Coast 2006 FIFA World Cup June 10, 2006 Final 2-1 Argentina
31 Serbia & Montenegro 2006 FIFA World Cup June 16, 2006 Final 6-0 Argentina
32 Mexico 2006 FIFA World Cup June 24, 2006 Final 2-1 Argentina
33 United States 2007 Copa America June 28, 2007 Final 4-1 Argentina
34 United States 2007 Copa America June 28, 2007 Final 4-1 Argentina
35 Colombia 2007 Copa America July 2, 2007 Final 4-2 Argentina

 

If you missed it, here are our 50 World Cup moments:
50: Sergio ROMERO gets 50th cap vs. Switzerland at 2014 FIFA World Cup.
49: Roberto AYALA scores in the 49th minute vs. Germany at 2006 FIFA World Cup.
48: Angel DI MARIA’s 48th cap for Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina at 2014 FIFA World Cup.
47: Mario KEMPES scores Argentina’s 47th goal all time at the 1978 FIFA World Cup vs. Peru.
46: Jorge VALDANO scores in the 46th minute at the 1986 FIFA World Cup.
45: Javier ZANETTI scores in the 45th minute vs. England at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
44: Gabriel BATISTUTA scores goal number 44 in his Argentina career at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
43: Gonzalo HIGUAIN receives cap number 43 for Argentina vs. Germany in the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
42: Pedro PASCULLI scores in the 42nd minute for Argentina vs. Uruguay at the 1986 FIFA World Cup.
41: Maxi RODRÍGUEZ scores in the 41st minute for Argentina vs. Serbia & Montenegro at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
40: Roberto AYALA plays in his 40th match for Argentina vs. Jamaica at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
39: Pablo ZABALETA plays in his 39th match for Argentina vs. Nigeria at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
38: Javier SAVIOLA scores in the 38th minute for Argentina vs. Ivory Coast at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
37: Maxi RODRIGUEZ plays in his 37th match for Argentina vs. South Korea at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
36: Mauricio PINEDA scores in the 36th minute for Argentina vs. Croatia at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
35: Ezequiel LAVEZZI plays in his 35th match for Argentina vs. Netherlands at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
34: Diego MARADONA scores his 34th goal for Argentina vs. Greece at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
33: Gonzalo HIGUAIN scores in the 33rd minute for Argentina vs. Mexico at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

1 COMMENT

  1. Brilliant inspiration of Maxi Rodriguez! I also enjoyed the magical moments when Aimar-Riquelme-Messi played together for the 1st time. All those who love football should be happy to see that.

    I always believe that in 2006, we had the best team of that competition: Unlike in 1998 we were lack of experience and in 2002, the major players were burnt out with too many matches and with age, this team was at 100%: This generation of Riquelme-Aimar-Cambiasso-Sorin-Heinze was at their peak, mixed with the generation of Saviola-Maxi Rodriguez-Burdisso and that of Tevez-Lucho-Maschereno, with Crespo-Ayala as the leaders and Messi as the super-sub. It was a great mix of several generation. Really a shame that Samuel and Zanetti were not at this competition. Pekerman did such a great work, he built that team from scratch since 1995 when some of them played under him in U20. Bianchi and Bielsa were 2 other masters as well. All of them did a lot for Argentina football during 2000s.