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These have been the 9 historical matches of Argentina in the Soccer World Cups


Outstanding goals, Messi's debut and last game are some of the most memorable moments of these 9 historic matches for the Argentina team in the World Cup.

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Outstanding goals such as Diego Armando Maradona's "goal of the century" in the 86 World Cup in Mexico or Maxi Rodríguez's in Germany 2006, where a 19-year-old Messi made his debut for the Argentine team.

Messi's agonizing goal in extra time in the Qatar final.

Being world champions at home or having contributed, in part, to changing the rules of the game to implement a red card... These milestones and curiosities are part of the most memorable moments that the Argentine team has had in the soccer World Cups.

Here we remember 9 historic matches for the Albiceleste now that they won in Qatar 2022.

Argentina-France in 2022: the third championship, a heart attack match

Argentina closed the first half of the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar with a 2-0 lead with goals from Lionel Messi (penalty) and Ángel di María.

But in minutes 80 and 81, Kylian Mbappé tied.

Nobody could believe it.

The game went into extra time and in minute 108 Messi put the third for the Argentines, with great anguish, and everything returned to glory.

But at 119 Mbappé scored another penalty and nothing changed: a 3-3 draw and penalties. 

In the final charges Mbappé and Muani scored for the French.

Dibu Martínez stopped Coman's charge and Tchouaméni missed his shot.

Messi, Dybala, Paredes and Montiel scored for Argentina.

4-2 and Argentina champion for the third time.

Messi got the title he was missing, the most important and established himself as the best in history for many.

He played the World Cup splendidly.

He broke records for goals, assists and appearances.

He was the best player in Qatar 2022, the Golden Ball of the World Cup.


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    La Scaloneta and Messi won the World Cup in an epic final!

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Argentina-Netherlands in Argentina 1978: the first World Cup

Argentina managed to win its first World Cup in the 1978 World Cup after beating the Netherlands 3-1 in a disputed match that was decided in extra time.

He also did it in front of his home crowd and thanks to goals by Mario Kempes, but it was also a victory fueled by "the fervor of his vehement fans, whose rain of little blue and white papers — which swirled in the Buenos Aires and Rosario stadiums — left images to remember," says FIFA. 

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Argentina-England in Mexico 1986: the "hand of God" and "the goal of the century"

On June 22, 1986, Diego Maradona carried out one of the most historic feats in the history of Argentine soccer.

It was in the quarterfinal match of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, against England and with fresh memories of the Malvinas war.

The Argentine put La Albiceleste ahead on the scoreboard with an unrepeatable goal that later became known worldwide as the "goal of the century", considered the best of the World Cups in the 20th century, according to a FIFA survey.

It was the second goal, the one of victory, after the first score, "the hand of God", which he scored —it was later confirmed— with his hand.

The quarterfinal matchup of the 1986 World Cup was the first confrontation between Argentina and England after the Malvinas war, 4 years earlier.

It was Maradona's World Cup, and that memorable match against England was the demonstration of the splendor of Maradona, with his genius and mischief.

Argentina-Germany in Mexico 1986: the second World Cup

Argentina was crowned world champion in 1986. There were six minutes left for the outcome of the Argentina vs.

West Germany, when Maradona showed his genius and gave a perfect pass to Jorge Burruchaga, who scored on goal giving Albiceleste victory, as described by FIFA.

The 3-2 victory gave Argentina its second world title.

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Argentina-Italy in Italy 1990: the semifinal in Naples

The 1990 World Cup semifinal match against Italy was played in Naples, where Maradona was already a legend.

The final score was settled on penalties, after a 1-1 tie, with goals from Italian Salvatore Schillaci and Argentine striker Claudio Caniggia.

They were 3-3 on penalties when Sergio Goycochea, the Argentine goalkeeper, saved the shot and gave his team the lead.

Then Maradona came to score the fourth goal and then it was the turn of the Italian Aldo Serena, a ball that Goycochea saved and gave Argentina a place in the final.

Argentina-Serbia in Germany 2006: Messi's World Cup debut

Against Serbia, in the German city of Gelsenkirchen, Leo Messi "jumped onto the pitch and in the 75th minute managed to score a goal and provide an assist to round off Argentina's 6-0 victory," recalls a news item on the Serbian team's website. Argentinian, who was then a rising star who would later be considered by many the best player in the world.

It was the 2006 World Cup in Germany and Messi's first with the Argentina team that that year reached the quarterfinals, a phase in which they lost to the host on penalties.

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Argentina-Mexico in Germany 2006: Maxi Rodríguez's goal

It was a round of 16 match between Argentina and Mexico during the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The match went on after a 1-1 draw and a few minutes into the first extra time from midfield Messi dodged the Mexicans, passed the ball to Sorín and Maxi Rodríguez, who "nailed an impressive left-footed shot" that not only put Argentina in the quarterfinals but also scored one of the most shouted goals by Argentine fans in a World Cup, according to FIFA.

“That goal didn't change who I was, but it did mark my career.

They remind me of where I'm going!” Maxi Rodríguez said in an interview with FIFA where he recalled the seconds that gave him the Best of the Tournament award, a recognition that was given for the first time in that edition.

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“Sorín receives from the left, I pick from the right and I ask for it out loud.

Juampi wasn't one to change front, but it looks like I tired him... And it turned out perfect!".

“When I see her coming, I decide to lower her with my chest to my right, my skillful leg.

But there I noticed that there was a defender of her, so I just lowered her and gave her a left foot.

And she barely got out of the loot, I realized that I gave her barbarian.

I saw the whole course, and when she fell behind the goalkeeper, I went crazy! ”, the Argentine recalled.

Argentina-Netherlands in Brazil 2014: 24 years later the albiceleste returns to play the final

After what happened in the 1990 World Cup in Italy, it took 24 years for Argentina to play in the World Cup final again.

To achieve this, they needed to beat the Netherlands on penalties in the semifinals of Brazil 2014, in a match that was marked by the feats of Sergio Romero, who saved two shots and was praised at the time by commentators on Argentine public television. 

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Argentina-England in England 1966: the origin of the red card

The quarterfinal match between England and Argentina at the 1966 World Cup had been just over 30 minutes when German referee Rudolf Kreitlein sent off Argentine team captain Antonio Ubaldo Rattín.

The Boca Juniors player protested the fouls that Kreitlein had pointed out during the match but neither of them understood what the other was saying.

The discussion delayed the game for almost ten minutes, even Rattin went so far as to ask for a translator but was finally sent off.

The scandal that was unleashed by the expulsion of Rattín forced FIFA to evaluate new ways of communicating warnings and expulsions during the game, without the need for signs or verbal encounters.

It occurred to Ken Aston, then a member of FIFA's refereeing committee, when stopped at a traffic light in London that the use of red and yellow cards could solve the problem.

FIFA adopted this system in the following 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

The extra - Argentina-Colombia in qualifying for the United States 1994: the great defeat at home

That mythical 5-0 at the Monumental in Buenos Aires in 1993: the rout that Colombia gave Argentina at home.

It was not a World Cup match, but no Argentine will be able to forget it, and certainly no Colombian.

FIFA describes the result of this match well: "There was nothing to suggest such a result."

That the Argentine team was beaten in their country, and by a team with less football tradition, puzzled locals and strangers.

With information from Sebastián Jiménez, Rocío Muñoz-Ledo, Euan McKirdy and Maximiliano Cordaro

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