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 33 days until the start of the FIFA World Cup and in 33rd place we have Gonzalo HIGUAIN scoring in the 33rd minute against Mexico at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
It was a repeat of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 match as Argentina were once more pitted against Mexico in the secound round of football’s most prestigious tournament. This one however did not need a Maxi RODRIGUEZ goal in extra time.
Instead, we were treated to a 3-1 Argentina win, two very different goals by Carlos TEVEZ and sandwiched in between them is Gonzalo HIGUAIN dribbling around the goalkeeper to score.
Carlos TEVEZ opened the scoring in minute number 26 after MESSI sent in a side footed pass and TEVEZ (who has to be said, was standing offside) headed the ball in from close range. Despite the Mexican players protesting to the officials, there was no controversy on the second goal.
Gonzalo HIGUAIN received a gift from the opposition (not unlike the one he received in the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup), the big difference being that HIGUAIN kept his composure, held off his marker, dribbled around the goalkeeper and scored.
The third goal was an absolute rocket of a shot by TEVEZ. A screamer from outside the area made it 3-0 for Argentina to seal their qualification into the quarter finals.
Here was Argentina’s starting XI for the match:
22. Sergio ROMERO
2. Martin DEMICHELIS
4. Nicolas BURDISSO
6. Gabriel HEINZE
7. Angel DI MARIA
9. Gonzalo HIGUAIN
10. Lionel MESSI
11. Carlos TEVEZ
14. Javier MASCHERANO
15. Nicolas OTAMENDI
20. Maxi RODRIGUEZ
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.
34: Diego MARADONA scores his 34th goal for Argentina vs. Greece at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.