World Cup countdown: 50 days, Argentina moment number 27, Pedro TROGLIO

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Argentina 1990 FIFA World Cup
Argentina at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

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 27 days until the start of the FIFA World Cup and in 27th place we have Pedro TROGLIO scoring in the 27th minute against the Soviet Union (USSR) at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in a 2-0 win.

Following a surprising 1-0 loss against Cameroon in their opening match at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, the reigning world champions needed a win in the second match in order to have any hope to advance in the tournament. With the match being played at Diego MARADONA’s second home, the Stadio San Paolo, the game itself could not have started any worse than it did.

After only 11 minutes, starting goalkeeper Nery PUMPIDO had to be substituted off for Sergio GOYCOCHEA (who would later go on to become an Argentine hero). But the change in between the sticks brought good fortune for Carlos BILARDO’s team as Pedro TROGLIO would score Argentina’s first goal of the tournament in the 27th minute.

After a lovely juggle of the ball and cross into the area, Pedro TROGLIO jumped and headed the ball into the top of the corner. With the score at 1-0, one of the goal scorers of the 1986 FIFA World Cup final, Jorge BURRUCHAGA slid the ball between the goalkeeper’s legs to double the lead.

The two goals sealed the 2-0 victory and gave Argentina their first 3 points in Italy.

Here was Argentina’s starting XI for the match:

1. Nery PUMPIDO
2. Sergio BATISTA
4. Jose BASUALDO
7. Jorge BURRUCHAGA
8. Claudio CANIGGIA
10. Diego MARADONA
15. Pedro MONZON
16. Julio OLARTICOECHEA
18. Jose SERRIZUELA
20. Juan SIMON
21. Pedro TROGLIO

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.
3up4: 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.
32: Hernan CRESPO scores his 32nd goal for Argentina vs. Mexico at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
31: Diego MARADONA scoring in Argentina’s 31st FIFA World Cup match vs. Hungary.
30: Argentina loses opening match of 1982 FIFA World Cup vs. Belgium.
29: Argentina are knocked out of the 1982 FIFA World Cup after playing their 29th ever group stage match.
28: Claudio CANIGGIA scores in the 28th minute for Argentina vs. Nigeria at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.