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 34 days until the start of the FIFA World Cup and in 34th place we have Diego MARADONA scoring his 34th goal for Argentina vs. Greece at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
When the Argentina National Team took to the pitch on June 21, 1994 against Greece, it was a memorable day for a two different reasons. The first being that Gabriel BATISTUTA scored his first career World Cup hattrick against Greece in a 4-0 win. The second is that it also marked Diego MARADONA’s last ever goal for his country (his 34th in total).
The first goal coming off a great run by Gabriel BATISTUTA who slid the ball underneath the goalkeeper. The second was a downright deadly strike by BATISTUTA. Edge of the area turn and a powerful strike by Batigol. A lovely build up from MARADONA, SIMEONE, REDONDO (those are some names right there), CHAMOT who passed it to Bati and well, the strike was never in doubt.
Diego MARADONA’s last goal (which was Argentina’s third of the match) was one which cannot be put into words. It’s one of those goals you have to watch to understand. To comprehend the passing, the movement, the touches on the ball and the finish by MARADONA.
Gabriel BATISTUTA finished it all off with a typical Bati penalty. That is to say unstoppable.
Here was Argentina’s starting XI for the match:
12. Luis ISLAS
3. Jose CHAMOT
4. Roberto SENSINI
5. Fernando REDONDO
6. Oscar RUGGERI
7. Claudio CANIGGIA
9. Gabriel BATISTUTA
10. Diego MARADONA
13. Fernando CACERES
14. Diego SIMEONE
19. Abel BALBO
Diego Maradona: Argentina International Goals – Senior Level
|1||Scotland||Friendly||June 2, 1979||Final 3-1 Argentina|
|2||FIFA World XI||Friendly||June 25, 1979||Final 2-1 Argentina|
|3||Bolivia||1979 Copa America||August 8, 1979||Final 3-0 Argentina|
|4||Eire/Northern Ireland||Friendly||April 30, 1980||Final 1-0 Argentina|
|5||Austria||Friendly||May 21, 1980||Final 5-1 Argentina|
|6||Austria||Friendly||May 21, 1980||Final 5-1 Argentina|
|11||Brazil||1980 Mundialito||January 4, 1981||Final 1-1 Draw|
|12||Hungary||1982 FIFA World Cup||June 18, 1982||Final 4-1 Argentina|
|13||Hungary||1982 FIFA World Cup||June 18, 1982||Final 4-1 Argentina|
|14||Paraguay||Friendly||May 9, 1985||Final 1-1 Draw|
|15||Chile||Friendly||May 14, 1985||Final 2-0 Argentina|
|16||Venezuela||1986 World Cup Qualifiers||May 26, 1985||Final 3-2 Argentina|
|17||Venezuela||1986 World Cup Qualifiers||May 26, 1985||Final 3-2 Argentina|
|18||Venezuela||1986 World Cup Qualifiers||May 26, 1985||Final 3-2 Argentina|
|19||Mexico||Friendly||November 14, 1985||Final 1-1 Draw|
|20||Israel||Friendly||May 4, 1986||Final 7-2 Argentina|
|21||Israel||Friendly||May 4, 1986||Final 7-2 Argentina|
|22||Italy||1986 FIFA World Cup||June 5, 1986||Final 1-1 Draw|
|23||England||1986 FIFA World Cup||June 22, 1986||Final 2-1 Argentina|
|24||England||1986 FIFA World Cup||June 22, 1986||Final 2-1 Argentina|
|25||Belgium||1986 FIFA World Cup||June 25, 1986||Final 2-0 Argentina|
|26||Belgium||1986 FIFA World Cup||June 25, 1986||Final 2-0 Argentina|
|27||Italy||Friendly||June 10, 1987||Final 3-1 Italy|
|28||Peru||1987 Copa America||June 27, 1987||Final 1-1 Draw|
|29||Ecuador||1987 Copa America||July 2, 1987||Final 3-0 Argentina|
|30||Ecuador||1987 Copa America||July 2, 1987||Final 3-0 Argentina|
|31||USSR||Four Nations Tournament||March 31, 1988||Final 4-2 USSR|
|32||Israel||Friendly||May 22, 1990||Final 2-1 Argentina|
|33||Morocco||Friendly||April 20, 1994||Final 3-1 Argentina|
|34||Greece||1994 FIFA World Cup||June 21, 1994||Final 4-0 Argentinaa|
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.
I watched the Argentina 94 world cup games on TV and till that day I truly believe that there was a conspiracy against Maradona, there was never ever player who was escorted from the football filed to perform a doping test . If Maradona had stayed in that tournament, Argentina would have won the Cup.
For me and most in this world, Deigo Maradona will always be the best ever.
When I saw Diego’s performance against Greece, i told my self , this is it. this will be our third world cup.
but then , the doping tragedy with maradona occured and the team lost.
it was sad world cup for me. even sadder than 2002. it is difficult to see Maradona journey has ended this way.
I felt the same…
I will always remember that goal.
If only Maradona could have stayed on that team…
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