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 30 days until the start of the FIFA World Cup and in 29th place we have Argentina playing in their 29th group stage match at a FIFA World Cup.
It was a disastrous World Cup for Cesar Luis MENOTTI and his team. Five matches, two wins, three losses, seven goals scored and a big red card for Diego MARADONA.
Brazil had one of the strongest midfields, if not the strongest midfield in the world. Zico, Socrates and Falcao just to name a few. When the two South American teams clashed, it was an all out war. A ridiculous free kick by EDER saw his shot come off the crossbar and it was Zico in the 11th minute who got to the end of it and scored.
The second goal by Serginho was a classic Brazilian goal, one that ripped Argentina to shreds. The third saw Zico cut through the Argentina back line with a pass which landed to Junior’s feet and the Brazilian made no mistake.
At 3-0, they were comfortably ahead and Diego MARDONA eventually got himself red carded in the 85th minute. Oddly enough, for minutes after the sending off, Argentina got their first and only goal of the match with a shot from outside the area by Ramon DIAZ.
Here was Argentina’s starting XI for the match:
7. Ubaldo FILLOL
1. Osvaldo ARDILES
3. Juan BARBAS
4. Daniel BERTONI
5. Gabriel CALDERON
8. Luis GALVAN
10. Diego MARADONA
11. Mario KEMPES
14. Jorge OLGUIN
15. Daniel PASSARELLA
18. Alberto TARANTINI
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.
3up4: Diego MARADONA scores his 34th goal for Argentina vs. Greece at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
33: Gonzalo HIGUAIN scores in the 33rd minute for Argentina vs. Mexico at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
32: Hernan CRESPO scores his 32nd goal for Argentina vs. Mexico at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
31: Diego MARADONA scoring in Argentina’s 31st FIFA World Cup match vs. Hungary.
30: Argentina loses opening match of 1982 FIFA World Cup vs. Belgium.