We dare say that a fair few people had to double check when Marcos Rojo came roaring onto a cross to fire home Argentina’s winning goal against Nigeria in St. Petersburg on Tuesday evening.
After a penalty from Victor Moses cancelled out Lionel Messi’s opener, the Albiceleste were in desperate need of a further goal to keep themselves in the World Cup.
With just four minutes left to play, Gabriel Mercardo drove a ball in from the right flank to the edge of the box where lay in wait not one of Argentina’s several attacking heavyweights (no Gonzalo Higuain puns, please), but their erstwhile centre-half, who duly got across his marker and applied the deadly first-time finish.
Watching the match unfold back home, Rojo’s mother, Carina, has revealed she was one of thousands of bemused fans who were simply unable to process the sight of her son steaming in and volleying home.
Nattering away to Argentinian broadcasters Telefé (via Globo Esporte), Mrs Rojo said:
When we realised it was Marcos, there was chaos. It’s because the kick was right footed, and he only uses the right foot to support himself, so we did not think it was Marcos.
Carina also claimed an assist for both Rojo and Messi’s goals, saying that she’d given her boy express instructions to go out there and make up for being left out of Argentina’s second group match against Croatia:
Marcos said that I deserved all that, that it was for me and that he loved me.
I said before the game that he was going to score a goal and that Messi would score twice for all the people who were saying bad things about him.
Only one (goal for Messi) was missing.
So, suddenly Argentina are looking like tournament favourites again, and all because they finally managed to harness the only true universal force: Mamá power.