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World Cup’s 101 Most Memorable Moments: David Beckham sees purple vs. Argentina

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By Doug McIntyre
FOX Sports activities Soccer Author

Editor’s be aware: Every day between now and the kickoff of the primary match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Nov. 20, we’ll unveil a distinct reminiscence from World Cup historical past. The countdown from 101 continues with David Beckham’s within the 1998 World Cup quarterfinals.

Who is aware of how a lot it even mattered in the long run. Argentina and England have been tied 2-2. Neither workforce scored once more earlier than the Albiceleste gained on penalties to advance to the quarterfinals on the 1998 World Cup in France.

David Beckham’s foolish purple card within the second half nonetheless is essentially the most memorable second from the pulsating spherical of 16 match — greater than Michael Owen’s sensible first half solo objective for the three Lions, and greater than Argentina keeper Carlos Roa’s decisive save on David Batty’s ultimate spot kick.

Beckham had simply been run over from behind by Diego Simeone. Standing simply ft away, Danish referee Kim Milton Nielsen whistled for the foul. When Simeone tousled Beckham’s lengthy hair as he was getting up, his English counterpart — who was nonetheless mendacity susceptible — reacted with a smooth kick to the again of the Argentine’s legs. Simeone made a meal of it, Nielsen brandished his purple card, and England have been diminished to 10 males.

Whether or not it value the Three Lions the match, Beckham grew to become a pariah along with his personal supporters. He stayed one for the following three-plus years, till his wonderful last-gasp free kick in a World Cup qualifier towards Greece despatched England to Korea/Japan 2002.

One of many main soccer journalists in North America, Doug McIntyre has lined United States males’s and ladies’s nationwide groups at a number of FIFA World Cups. Earlier than becoming a member of FOX Sports activities in 2021, he was a employees author with ESPN and Yahoo Sports activities. Observe him on Twitter @ByDougMcIntyre.


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