(*101*)By Doug McIntyre
(*101*)FOX Sports Soccer Writer
(*101*)Editor’s be aware: Each day between now and the kickoff of the primary fit of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Nov. 20, we’re going to unveil a unique reminiscence from World Cup historical past. The countdown from 101 continues with Maxi Rodríguez’s surprise strike vs. Mexico.
(*101*)Upon taking a 1-0 lead over two-time World Cup champ Argentina(*101*) on Rafael Marquez’s function simply 5 mins into their spherical of 16 fit at Germany 2006, Mexican enthusiasts may well be forgiven for pondering that perhaps this was once the 12 months their workforce would advance to the quarterfinals for the primary time clear of house soil.
And even though Hernan Crespo equalized for the Albiceleste virtually straight away, the lofty hopes of El Tri’s supporters remained intact because the fit entered time beyond regulation. If Mexico may simply grasp on for the following 30 minutes, they’d be the crap-shoot of penalty kicks clear of a spot within the ultimate 8.
Maxi Rodriguez had different concepts. Stationed at the proper aspect of Mexico’s 18-yard field midway throughout the first further 15-minute length, the Argentine winger stuck a pinpoint diagonal go from left again Juan Pablo Sorin on his chest. El Tri defender Gonzalo Pineda was once to his proper, so Rodriguez directed the ball towards his weaker left foot.
Without letting it hit the bottom, he then volleyed a curling shot previous the outstretched glove of goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez and into the aspect netting. The supernaturally stunning strike was once sufficient to ship Argentina into the ultimate 8 and relegate Mexico to its fourth consecutive knockout spherical defeat. To no person’s marvel, it was once additionally named the function of the event.
Maxi’s magical volley
Maxi Rodríguez of Argentina installed a surprise function off a volley to defeat Mexico.
One of the main football newshounds in North America, Doug McIntyre has lined United States males’s and ladies’s nationwide groups at a couple of FIFA World Cups. Before becoming a member of FOX Sports in 2021, he was once a team of workers creator with ESPN and Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter @ByDougMcIntyre.
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