The Argentine national team faces Australia on Saturday in search of the quarterfinals of Qatar 2022, lthe eighth time that both teams have met on a pitch throughout history.
Lionel Scaloni’s team faces the duel against the ocean team with the natural status of favorites against an opponent with hardly any repercussions in a World Championship. It is the sixth appearance of the Australian team in a final phase, the fifth in a row, and only in Germany 2006 did they exceed the group stage. That time he reached the eighth. It was eliminated by Italy.
On this occasion, Graham Arnold’s team, coach since 2018, was second behind France and ahead of Denmark and Tunisia.
He now runs into Argentina, whom he beat on the first occasion they met. It was in 1988. Australia thrashed (4-1) to a team that sported the status of world champion obtained two years earlier.
The rest of the matches, with the exception of one that ended in a draw, have been victories for the albiceleste.
Argentina qualified for the round of 16 of the World Cup in Qatar 2022 despite the defeat suffered against Saudi Arabia and with the victory against Poland there were several coincidences with the 1986 World Cup, the last one that the albiceleste raised with Diego Maradona in the lead.
The first piece of information that excites the Argentines is that the last time Poland qualified for the round of 16 was in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, a tournament where Diego Armando Maradona lifted the trophy as champion with Argentina.
Another coincidence is that the last time Argentina and Poland had met was in the group stage of the 1978 World Cup and the victory was also 2-0. In that World Cup, the Argentine team was champion against the Netherlands with goals from Mario Kempes.
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