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The Great World Cup Goals, #8: Javier Zanetti (Argentina) vs England, 1998 (Video)

By Chris Wright

World Cup/Zanetti scores

While we accept that Michael Owen should really take the honours in the ‘goal of the night’ stakes as far as the last-16 ding-dong between Argentina and England at France ’98 is concerned, Pies have always reserved a special place in our jaded heart for the goal that cancelled it out seconds before half-time.

With the world and his dog expecting Gabriel Batistuta to pull the trigger on a trademark ballistic free-kick, Batigol slipped a pass down the side of the England wall to play in Zanetti, who broke from behind the wall and duly gave the clever preordained set-piece the finish it so richly deserved by turning and jamming a shot past David Seaman to level the scores at 2-2.

What happened after that is all a bit of a blur.

More in the series…

#1 – Maxi Rodriguez (Argentina) vs Mexico, 2006
#2 – Saeed Al-Owairan (Saudi Arabia) vs Belgium, 1994

#3 – Giovanni Van Bronckhorst (Holland) vs Uruguay, 2010
#4 – Pierre Njanka-Beyaka, (Cameroon) vs Austria, 1998
#5 – Nelinho (Brazil) vs Italy, 1978
#6 – David Platt (England) vs Belgium, 1990
#7 – Alessandro Del Piero (Italy) vs Germany, 2006

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By Chris on May 13th, 2014 in Featured, Newsnow, Retro, Videos, World Cup. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

5 Responses to “The Great World Cup Goals, #8: Javier Zanetti (Argentina) vs England, 1998 (Video)”

  1. Per says:

    Good one, but I prefer Brolins against Romania in ’94:

    Might have a little to do with me being swedish, but still.

  2. Chris says:

    That free kick was simply fiendish.
    Cracking game of good vs evil football

  3. One Man Went to Mow. says:

    Whatever happened to the Argentina Keeper from this game, just curious.

  4. TravisKOP says:

    when i saw that live i couldnt believe that they pulled that off

  5. Terry Shedingham says:

    @One Man Went to Mow.:

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