Argentina is facing Australia today in the last sixteen matches in the campaign to break the 36-year World Cup title drought. The two teams have met 7 times before, 5 of which were won by Argentina and 1 by Australia. The other match was a draw.
Before the start of the match, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said that he is not looking for the past in today’s match with Australia. The 44-year-old Argentine coach said, “We have to see if they are worse than us.” I don’t think they are what they used to be. It’s football. 11 people play against 11 people.
Let’s play football, Lionel Scaloni suggests, theoretically forgetting who the favorites are.
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Australia left the field with victory in the first match against Argentina in 1988. Australia’s current coach Graham Arnold played in that match. For motivation, Arnold tells his students the story of that 1988 match.
Inspired by that story, will Australia be able to move forward with their World Cup journey, or will Messi-Martinez continue their journey towards winning the third title in their history? That will have to wait and see. (Collection- Al Jazeera)