Remember Faustino Asprilla? Argentina can’t forget him…
Every Argentina-Colombia game is a special one and their meeting in Maracaibo on Monday night promises fireworks. But there is one encounter that is unforgettable – and it is getting special attention because of Colombia’s 5-0 defeat at the hands of Paraguay last Thursday.
In 1993, Colombia went to Argentina and hammered them by the same scoreline and in doing so immortalised a team that went on to become one of the most talked about – and underachieving – in World Cup history.
Colombia visited the Monumental in Buenos Aires needing a draw to confirm their place in the 1994 World Cup Finals in the United States. They had in their ranks Carlos Valderrama, Faustino Asprilla, Freddy Rincon and Ivan Valenciano and they tore Argentina apart in a stunning second half display of counter attacking football.
However, the win was perhaps a classic example of a side that peaked too early. Colombia lost to both Romania and the US and were dumped out of the World Cup in the first round. But that 5-0 has never been forgotten.
“I have bitter memories of the match,” Argentina’s Javier Zanetti said on the eve of the game, “but it’s in the past now. In that game nothing went right for us and everything went right for Colombia.”