World Cup countdown: 50 days, Argentina moment number 36, Mauricio PINEDA


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 36 days until the start of the FIFA World Cup and in 36th place we have Mauricio PINEDA scoring in the 36th minute against Croatia at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Following a 1-0 win against Japan and a resounding 5-0 victory against Jamaica, Argentina’s final group match at the 1998 FIFA World Cup came against Croatia, one of their opponents at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. A single goal, by Maurio PINEDA in minute number 36 was the difference as Daniel PASSARELLA’s men picked up a 1-0 win.

A lovely chipped pass by Ariel ORTEGA and PIENDA was all alone against the goalkeeper with the Croatian defenders closing in on him but he made no mistaken and scored with a powerful left footed shot.

Here was Argentina’s starting XI for the match:

1. Carlos ROA
2. Roberto AYALA
4. MAuricio PINEDA
5. Matias ALMEYDA
9. Gabriel BATISTUTA
10. Ariel ORTEGA
11. Juan Sebastian VERON
13. Pablo PAZ
14. Nelson VIVAS
20. Marcelo GALLARDO
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.
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.


  1. I heard in some video that we should not play with three forwards because in this case one forward is waste because of Messi.I think it is right.But if we go with two forward we should have players like Higuain and Bendetto.Who runs throughout the front line.

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