I don’t even know where to start…Argentina ended up winning their 3 first matches of the World Cup but the last game against Greece was looking as if the goal was not going to come for Argentina.
Argentina tried, Greece defended with everything they got, but with 12 minutes left Demichelis finally broke the 0 – 0 score. I actually thought the goal it might not come and it would be a draw. Silly me.
The final score was 2 – 0 for Argentina, and the last goal was scored by Martin Palermo. He became the oldest scorer for Argentina in the World Cup at 36 years old and also the oldest debutant to ever score in a World Cup.
I don’t think that someone that is not from Argentina could understand the meaning of that goal. Maradona was heavily criticized for including Palermo in the final 23 players (also for bringing too many strikers). He earned a spot in the roster after scoring a critical goal during the qualifiers but it always looked as if Maradona was the only one that truly believed in him.
In a post game interview Maradona said he had asked his assistants who should go in with 10 minutes left and they all said “Higuain”. “Bring me Martin then” Maradona replied.
“Go and close this out” Maradona said he told Martin Palermo.
So that is definitely the story on the Argentinian newspapers. Check here for a summary of the game.
Today (Tuesday) I checked the sports section of the online edition of The Star like I do every day just to find Argentina (specifically Maradona) on the main page as the featured article for the first time since I can remember. I hope soon the team will be the cover story of the sports section…but for now enjoy the article here.
Next up: Against Mexico on Sunday, a rematch of the last World Cup round of 16.