Weeks before the 1998 FIFA World Cup, on April 22, 1998, Argentina played a friendly match in Dublin where they won 2-0 against the Republic of Ireland.
A match which saw Gabriel BATISTUTA scoring one of his many, many goals for the Argentina team also produced an Ariel ORTEGA goal which still holds up 20 years later. The first goal came following a ball sent in from the left side which found BATISTUTA who slotted home from close range.
Argentina’s second goal was magic by ORTEGA. With the ball glued to his foot, the number 10 toyed with the Irish back line and goalkeeper Shay GIVEN before chipping the ball over everyone and into the net.
Here was Argentina’s starting XI, coached by Daniel PASSARELLA:
Juan Sebastian VERON