Argentina vs. England – 2005 friendly, Juan Riquelme, Walter Samuel, David Beckham
Always one to entertain, Argentina vs. England from 2005 was the last time these two countries met in a football match.
There’s the clash in 1966 at the World Cup, the Diego Maradona show in 1986, the World Cup classic in 1998 and tthe not-so-classic sequel four years after that. However, back on November 12, 2005 in Geneva, these two served up a friendly match to remember.
Five goals, a match full of stars and for Argentina, despite being on the losing end, it was a match which showed how dominant they can be. Both teams had qualified for the 2006 World Cup which was coming up the next year and both teams had fielded a very strong squad.
Jose Pekerman managed Argentina with the following line-up:
Juan Pablo Sorin
Juan Roman Riquelme
Javier Saviola, Fabricio Coloccini, Julio Cruz and Lucho Gonzalez would come on as substitutes.
Of those 15, Javier Zanetti, Martin Demichelis and Walter Samuel would miss out on the big show in Germany a few months later.
The opening 10 minutes saw Walter Samuel completely boss David Beckham off the ball with this challenge.
Argentina would create a lot of chance and it would be Hernan Crespo who would score first and give Argentina the 1-0 lead. Maxi Rodriguez would play a pass into the penalty area which would take a deflection and Crespo with a poacher like finish would score his 29th goal for his country.
Wayne Rooney would equalise five minutes later as it would be 1-1 going into half time.
Argentina would be awarded a free kick in the second half. Up stepped Juan Roman Riquelme as the Villarreal man would send a cross in which would find Demichelis and he would head the ball towards the net but it would be Roberto Ayala who would score to give re-give Argentina the lead.
Juan Roman Riquelme would boss the midfield and dictate the match. From passes to crosses to shielding the ball, this was a vintage Riquelme performance. Riquelme would be substituted off in the 84th minute for Lucho Gonzalez and England would score twice afterwards, with less than 6 minutes left on the clock. A foreshadow of things to come at the World Cup.
Here are the match highlights and the full match.