Just like we have done in previous articles, this time we will look back at the two previous meetings between Argentina and Belgium at the World Cup, both involving the one and only Diego MARADONA.
First meeting happen in the 1982 World Cup, which happens to be the opening kickoff as Argentina arrived in Spain as the defending champion.
Having just completed a world record move to Barcelona, MARADONA (ironically the match was played at the Camp Nou) have finally arrived on the world biggest stage. As expected the Belgians put some extra attention on him right from the start.
Argentina had 9 players in the starting from the World Cup winning side (the exceptions was Diego and Ramon DIAZ). However the only goal of the match came from Erwin VANDENBERGH, resulting the first shock of the tournament. Argentina had plenty of chances but brilliant goalkeeping from Jean Marie PFAFF prevented us from scoring.
Four year later we meet again, this time in Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. This time the stake was even higher, a place in the Final. The Belgians have once again became the surprise package of the tournament.
The Euro Red Devils had severa players from the one that beaten us at the Camp Nou with PFAFF back in goal plus there is also Eric GERETS, Frank VERCAUTEREN and Jan CEULEMAN plus VANDENBERGH was on the bench. Argentina only survivor from that starting 11 was Diego but Nery PUMPIDO, Julio OLARTICOECHEA and Jorge VOLDANO were on the bench back then.
This time the script was just too different as Diego scored two goals including another brilliant solo effort to ensure that Argentina will play in the Final and as you know the rest history.
So there you have it, two different matches against Belgium both involving Diego with two different outcomes and two different stories to tell.
Which one will it be the third time? I'm sure you all know my answer.