Argentina Throwback Thursday: A dominant performance vs. Chile in 2002 Qualifiers

Gabriel Batistuta Argentina
Gabriel Batistuta playing for the Argentina National Team.

It truly was a star studded team put together by Marcelo BIELSA when they thrashed Chile 4-1 at El Monumental on March 29, 2000 to pick up a 4-1 win in the 2002 World Cup Qualifiers.

Before even going into the details of the match, here was the joke of an eleven which started for Argentina:

Roberto BONANO
Roberto AYALA
Cristian GONZALO
Juan Sebastian VERON
Claudio LOPEZ

The match was under way and the first opportunity fell to Argentina who were awarded a free kick. It was taken by the great Gabriel BATISTUTA as he curved the ball around the Chilean wall gave Argentina the 1-0 lead. Argentina had some goal scoring chances with Juan Sebastian VERON and Ariel ORTEGA coming close to doubling Argentina’s lead. Chile eventually drew level following a great free kick of their own.

Some lovely work near the edge of the area by Inter captain Javier ZANETTI lead to a scramble in the penalty area and Juan Sebastian VERON scored from outside of the area to give Argentina the lead once more.

In the second half, Ariel ORTEGA was brought down in the penalty area and Argentina were awarded a penalty. Up stepped number 11 VERON and he made no mistake dispatching it and Argentina were up 3-1 in the match.

Claudio LOPEZ made it 4-1 as he received the ball in the area, controlled it well and flicked it down and into the net.

Last week’s Argentina Throwback Thursday saw Juan Roman RIQUELME dominate Peru at the 2007 Copa America.


  1. What a shame for this generation. Bielsa is a master but his football concept requires high physical standard, which works better with younger players, who have also less ego and more willing to learn. I started following Leeds since he joined and very enjoyable to watch. I highly recommend to those who are fans of his football style.