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World Cup’s 101 Most Memorable Moments: Maradona bests Brazil

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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 unique reminiscence from World Cup historical past. The countdown from 101 continues with 

Whereas Argentina and Brazil have seven world titles between them, the South American neighbors — among the many fiercest rivals within the sport — have met simply 4 occasions on the worldwide stage.

The Albiceleste and Seleção went 1-1-1 of their first three encounters, at three consecutive World Cups from 1974-1982. All had been within the second spherical, although; none had been knockout video games. The lone win-or-go-home contest got here at Italia ‘90 and, fittingly, it was determined by the most effective participant on the planet on the time, Diego Maradona.

With simply 9 minutes of normal time remaining in a bodily and cagey affair in Turin, Maradona slalomed by a sea of Brazilian defenders from the midfield to the highest of his opponent’s field. However in contrast to that well-known solo effort 4 years earlier towards England, this time the little magician dished a no-look cross to his left for striker Claudio Caniggia, who slotted the eventual winner residence. Argentina would go on to advance to the title match.

Maradonna and Caniggia ship Brazil packing

Argentina despatched Brazil residence after Maradonna and Caniggia related for a objective late within the match.

One of many main soccer journalists in North America, Doug McIntyre has lined United States males’s and girls’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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