Later on when Argentina takes on Iran, it would be the fourth meeting against a representative from the Asian Football Confederation.
The first meeting was back in 1986 when Argentina open their campaign against South Korea in Mexico. The Taegeuk Warriors did everything they had to stop Diego MARADONA thus giving birth to the term “Tae Kwan Do Football” as you can see from this photo.
Argentina won the match 3-1 with a double from Jorge VOLDANO and Oscar RUGGERI while the Koreans pull one back from PARK Chang-Sun.
Twelve years later in the France 1998 World Cup, Argentina open their campaign this time against debutant Japan in Toulouse. A strike from Gabriel BATISTUTA made all the difference as Argentina defeated the Blue Samurai 1-0.
Another twelve years, Argentina meets South Korea again in a group match in Johannesburg, South Africa. This was also reunion for both MARADONA and HUH Jung-Boo, whom played in that match in 1986 but were now the managers for their respective team.
Argentina continued their winning streak against an Asia’s side with a 4-1 win with Gonzalo HIGUAIN scoring a hat-trick and the other was an own goal from PARK Chu-Yong. Korea’s goal came just before half time through LEE Chung-Yong.
So with three wins out of three, scoring 8 goals conceding 2, what would be the outcome today?