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 40 days until the start of the FIFA World Cup and in 40th place we have Roberto AYALA playing in his 40th match for Argentina vs. Jamaica at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
The first player to appear twice in our FIFA World Cup list, AYALA’s 40th match for his country came against the Reggae Boyz at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. An impressive 5-0 victory by Daniel PASSARELLA’s men ensured their passage into the second round (where we got our moment number 45 of the list).
Three goals by Gabriel BATISTUTA and two by Ariel ORTEGA meant that Roberto AYALA’s men in defence were able to keep a clean shit their first two matches (they would ultimately go on to keep a third clean shit against Croatia).
Here was Argentina’s starting XI for the match:
1. Carlos ROA
2. Roberto AYALA
3. Jose CHAMOT
5. Matias ALMEYDA
6. Roberto SENSINI
7. Claudio LOPEZ
8. Diego SIMEONE
9. Gabriel BATISTUTA
10. Ariel ORTEGA
11. Juan Sebastian VERON
22. Javier ZANETTI
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.