Gonzalo Higuain hat trick on this day for Argentina at World Cup

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Gonzalo Higuain scored a hat trick for Argentina on this day in their 4-1 win vs. South Korea at the World Cup.

It was Argentina’s second match in Group B and just like the opening win vs. Nigeria, the two time world champions got off to an early lead. Diego Maradona’s team were awarded a free kick and it was Lionel Messi who took it and the number 10’s cross into the penalty area landed onto Park Chu-Young as the South Korean deflected it into his own net.

Higuain would score his first ever goal at the World Cup before half time. Maxi Rodriguez would send a cross in which was flicked back by Nicolas Burdisso. The ball landed onto Higuain who would score from close range.

Martin Demichelis would make a mistake at the back and Lee Chung-Yong would take advantage to pull one back for the South Koreans before half time.

Lionel Messi would be the architect of the third goal. A lovely run from midfield as he’d play a pass to Aguero who would play it back to Messi but his shot would hit the post and land onto the feet of Higuain who would score a tap in.

The fourth goal was a lovely counter attack. Lionel Messi took a quick free kick and passed it onto Aguero. The then Atletico Madrid man ran towards the South Korean back line and the ball would eventually find Lionel who, while surrounded by several red shirts, would dink it over them onto Aguero. A flick cross into the penalty area reached Higuain who would head it into the back of the net for his third.

That third goal for Higuain was the first hat trick scored by an Argentina player at a World Cup since Gabriel Batistuta did it against Jamaica at the 1998 World Cup.

Here was the starting eleven for that match:

Sergio Romero, Gabriel Heinze, Walter Samuel, Martin Demichelis, Jonas Gutierrez, Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano, Maxi Rodriguez, Carlos Tevez, Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain

Nicolas Burdisso would come on for Walter Samuel, Sergio Aguero for Carlos Tevez and Mario Bolatti for Gonzalo Higuain.

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  1. i wonder about something. i try to understand the logic.

    Icardi is the best football player because he is sleeping with Wanda.

    so before him Maxi Lopez was the best football player because he was sleeping with Wanda.

    so the personal trainer/gym that was sleeping with Wanda during the marrige with Maxi was the best gym trainer. so AFA miss him i guess because we have other.

    so the gardener that was sleeping with Wanda again in the period she was marry with Maxi i guess he is the best in his profesional. so AFA again missing the best person to cut the grass in the stadium we play our home games.

    maybe after carantine i should go to speak with D Onofrio to take this guy to cut the grass in Monumental. clearly we don t have the best one in River.
    and i should go speak with Gallardo too about the trainer issue.
    i want the best for River.

  2. Juan Foyth has picked up a knee injury and will not feature for Tottenham against Manchester United tomorrow… Don’t know the severity of the injury, but it could mean trouble for his loan transfer to Bielsa’s Leeds United

  3. I don’t see fati as next big thinks for barca, i see fati as classy player, a player similar callibar of Samuel eto in his prime, i also doubt about the standard growth of Argentine young talent, like palacios ,, bcs look at the standard of other player like Frankie de jong, camavinga, pedri, rodri, ndidi, leroy sane, kai haverts, sancho, takefuso kubo others player their growth ,, i think aregentine forward and wing very strong with player like ocampos,depaul,nico gonzalez, dybala , but Argentine defensive midfield, defense need a lot improvement, right back, left back options i think this is position where player need very fast running bcs this position cover both attack & defence, i think montiel is slightly fast than saravia, both quarta martinez and balerdi very good options,,, but i think Argentina need focus in its central midfield and defensive midfiel,,, Argentina miss Player like de jong in its mid

  4. Maradona consider himself as a player not coaching, convince himself that Arg can easily beat Germany with the strong attackers likewise 1986; he just follows his instinct and night dreams to select the players. How he select Maxi because it’s only the name he remember. He forget that the team need ‘Valdano’, ‘Burruchaga’, ‘Ruggeri’ and ‘Enrigue’ type style. That belongs to Riquelme, Zanetti and …

    A dozens of players have been selected and just simply write off. Remember during friendly match how Jesus Datolo great performance against Russia but as time passed, he was totally forgotten.

  5. Juventus lost Coppa Italia final against Napoli on a penalty shootout (4-2). Paulo Dybala’s penalty was nicely saved by Napoli goalkeeper. Princess Ronaldo didn’t even take his penalty as he once again wanted to play hero and save the day by shooting last LOL

    • “nicely saved” is very-well put……F U Christina and the horse you came riding on.

      Somethings never change, once an idiot will ALWAYS be one no matter how they try to PRETEND to change their image, as they say, “the leopard cannot change its spots”

      In his case, its a PUSSYcat without the cat.

  6. I wonder what the strategy at WC2010 was. Probably to outscore the opponent. Many forwards on the pitch worked against lesser opponents, but turned into disaster against Germany. There was no balance in the team. Great players were left at home.

    Come to think of it
    We have not beaten Germany in a tournament since 1986…Damn

    • A team only from the absentees:
      Caballero—Zanetti—Gabriel Milito—Garay—Ansaldi—Cambiasso-Lucho Gonzalez-Riquelme—Lavezzi—Lisandro Lopez—Chelito Delgado….and literally the other 2 CL-winners were not there against Germany Walter Samuel and Diego Milito, plus Gago, Banega, Dalessandro (player of the year in South America) etc etc etc. Cambiasso-Lucho-Riquelme midfield…thank you Diego…why didnt build this genius a team with Champions League winner players with full of confidence plus Riquelme, Di Maria, Messi, Aguero the Olympics winners, not talking about Higuain and Tevez…abundance of talent that time.

  7. Don’t have good memories about the 2010 WC, it was bad, infact a disaster. Watching Germany thrash us haunts.

    Atleast we reached quarters that’s the only plus. Maradona was not meant to be a Coach I guess. Whichever team he has coached those teams has always underperformed. Such a gifted player becomes a mockery of himself while coaching.

    He dropped key players like Aimar (Who helped the same Maradona side to qualify for the WC) and took inexperienced Pastore instead. I still don’t understand why he dropped Aimar

    Zanetti, Cambiasso who was on fire at that time may be had personal issues with him like Riquelme.

  8. The attack was really impressive but no midfielder for the transition. Messi wasn’t the enganche yet like now. He used to play as false 9 with Barca. I always believe that in 2010, we had the best Argentina team of the last 2 decades if Zanetti, Lucho and Cambiasso were there.

  9. I remember waking up very early to watch that game before work and how happy I was for that win…….had a huge grin on my face the whole day.

    Higuain did not age well.

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