Seems like the 21st of June has a lot of significant moment in Argentina’s football.
In 1978, Argentina played Peru in Rosario and needed to win by four goals to reach the Final. Mario KEMPES turn up the heat by scoring two goals including a brace from Leopoldo LUQUE plus a goal each from Alberto TARANTINI and Rene HOUSEMAN. The rest you know they say is history.
In 1994, Argentina opened their World Cup campaign against Greece in Foxborough. The match will be remembered for Gabriel BATISTUTA scoring his first hat-trick at the World Cup. However the most memorable moment has to be Diego MARADONA scoring his last ever goal for Argentina which was followed by his crazy celebration.
Four years later in Paris, Batigol was on target again after completing his second successive hat-trick at the World Cup. This includes a penalty which was strike like a thunderbolt that it shooked the Jamaican goalie Warren BARRETT. The other two goals was scored by Ariel ORTEGA.
Fast forward in 2014, Argentina played Iran in Belo Horizonte. The match was expected to be a cakewalk but the Iran’s tactic stifle Argentina’s offense on that day. With a minute into injury time, Lionel MESSI strike from outside the box that erupted everyone in the stadium.
Two years later, it was MESSI’s day again when Argentina took on USA in the semi-final of the Copa America Centenario. He brilliantly strike a free kick to the right hand corner of the goal which eventully made him Argentina’s all time top scorer with 55 goals.
The record which was previously held by non other than Gabriel “Batigol” BATISTUTA.
So did I miss out any other significant moment on this day in Argentina’s football? Do share them in the comment box.