On the third day of Ramadan of the year 1435 AH, corresponding to July 1, 2014, one of the important Ramadan matches in the history of the World Cup in that year brought together the teams of Argentina and Switzerland.
The Tango dancers succeeded a hard day in their hard-won victory during a 120-minute match, when Angel Di Maria clinched a goal two minutes before the end of extra time.
The match almost ended the trip of Lionel Messi comrades in the World Cup early through the final price stage, which was the point where the Tango came out 4 years later in the World Cup in Russia against the next champion France.
De Maria’s Bite
The Ottmar Hitzfeld battalion, the German coach of Switzerland, managed to maintain its stability throughout the ninety minutes of the match, despite the nominations that favored the Tango before the match.
With the Argentine national team dominating the game, Lionel Messi succeeded in wearing the cloak of the legend Diego Armando Maradona, when he made the goal of winning 3-2 against Germany in the 1986 World Cup final with a magic pass for Jorge Prochaga, where Barcelona’s Spanish captain made the winning goal for Maria.
Messi passed a ball on the right side to Di Maria, who sent a shot in the far corner, announcing that Albiceleste had qualified for the next stage.
The road to the final
Belgium’s confrontation represented the first way for Tango towards the World Cup final in 2014 in Brazil, which was the first World Cup final for Tango in 24 years against Germany as well.
After the Switzerland meeting, Argentina defeated Belgium 1-0 in the quarter-finals with a goal for Gonzalo Higuain.
In the semi-final, Argentina faced the Netherlands, the former runner-up at the time, led by stars Aryen Rubin, Robin van Persie, Dirk Kuyt and Wesley Schneider, but Liu’s comrades who did not waste any goal in the penalty shootout after a negative tie in the original and overtime.
In the final against Germany, despite scoring a canceled goal for Higuain, Argentina lost in extra time 7 minutes before the end of the confrontation, Bayern Munich’s Bayern Munich player Mario Goetze.
Like the 2014 World Cup, despite the failure of the tango to win the title, the best defensive career for the Latin team in the elimination stages since the system of running 4 matches in those roles that started in the 1986 version.
Argentina played 4 matches in the knockout rounds in 2014, in which they received only the goal that they lost the final from Germany.
And Argentina maintained 3 consecutive cleanliness in the tournament, with a 1-0 victory over Switzerland and Belgium, and then a negative tie with the Netherlands, eliminated with a penalty shootout.
Tango dancers have never before reached this figure, as the Argentine national team received 3 goals in the elimination roles in the 1986 World Cup, two goals in the 1990 World Cup elimination roles and three in the 1994 final price led to early exit, and 4 goals in the price and quarter-finals of the 1998 World Cup France.
Argentina also received two goals in the price and quarter-finals of 2006, 5 goals in 2010 in the price and quarter-finals as well, and four in the loss from France 3-4 in the final price of 2018.