With Daniel Pasarella as coach, the Argentine team faced the 1995 Copa América without earrings, hats or long hair, guidelines (almost) dictatorial and opposed to those of Alfio Basile, predecessor of the Kaiser, which worked from the start: victory against Bolivia and a 4-0 win over Chile. Until, unexpectedly, the United States stopped their car with a 0-3 and deposited the Albiceleste in second place. So that…
Because he was one step away from the top, the rival matched in the 4th finals was of another caliber or, minimally, with a prosperous present in the contest. In this case it was, no less, Brazil. of -among other figures- Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo and Tulio. Yes, Tulio.
That classic eliminatory was heading, in its first measure in a preponderant selection contest, in the triumph of Pasarella and co. But, with nine minutes to go, there was a milestone that will be eternally stored in history: cJorginho entered from the right for Tulio Maravilha to control, in a way as perfect as it was illicit, with his left arm and hit on Cristante. 2-2 and penalties, this time he had to suffer mischief.
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Chilavert, before the Copa América final: “Argentina must defeat Brazil, Neymar, the VAR and the referee”
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“We can complain a lot and say Argentina would have deserved something more. The game was complicated for us since the expulsion of Leo Astrada, but they are football situations, there those who needed glasses were the referees and assistants. Obviously it hurts. You want to eat raw but they are the rules of the game. Unfortunately there was no VAR – assistance to the referee by video – and those things define for one side or the other … the game had been even because we had better situations and more control. But they pushed because they had a great squad and they found that play and got to the instance they wanted and deserved through penalties “
– Hernán Cristante, former Argentine goalkeeper
Finally, Argentina was left out, from the twelve steps, before the Verdeamarela: fell 4-2. And, the fans still today dedicate a sermon to the Brazilian No. 9 and to Tejada, a Peruvian referee who turned a blind eye to the foul committed. But, as a wise man said, everything returns… and only on 7/17/1995 returned a small dose, compared to that epic, of The hand of God. The paddock, once again, won.
“Argentines are crying until today. It’s fine, but they can’t claim because they didn’t claim with Maradona’s hand in 1986. It was the Hand of God. Mine was that of the Virgin Mary, whom I love more than God. “
The forward, remembered for being a media character in Brazil, had an extensive career: He retired at the age of 49 at Atlético Carioca, finished as the fifth highest scorer (129) in the history of Brasileirao and is the fourth Brazilian to reach a thousand goals as a professional. Go if it was useful to stretch your arm …