After a tough 0-0 draw, the game continued into extra time and then on penalties. The decisive shot by Maximiliano Rodríguez meant the classification of Argentina to the final of a World Cup after 24 years.
“We crossed the Rubicon”, was the phrase that Sabella immortalized after the game.
In Germany 2006the crossing was through the group stage and ended in a friendly goalless draw that helped both of them to advance to the round of 16.
The most painful memory goes back to France 1998 in the only quarterfinal meeting that ended in the farewell to Argentina of Daniel Passarella after losing 2-1 with the goal at the end of Dennis Bergkamp, who defined accurately after a hitch against Roberto Ayala, former defender and now a member of Lionel Scaloni’s coaching staff.
The most important and decisive of the duels with the “Orange” occurred in the final of the World Cup in Argentina 1978.
César Luis Menotti’s team drew 1-1 in regulation time but in extra time Mario Kempes scored his double and Daniel Bertoni sealed the 3-1 lead to win the first World Cup.
The first confrontation took place in the 1974 World Cup and Argentina could not do anything against the “Clockwork Orange” of Rinus Michels and Johan Cruyff.
After qualifying as second in Poland, the “Albiceleste”, which returned to the World Cup after its absence in Mexico 1970, began the second phase in the German World Cup group. On that occasion, under merciless rain, the Netherlands prevailed by a categorical 4-0.
Argentina will face the Netherlands again next Friday at 4:00 p.m. at the Lusail stadium.