Argentina and Australia will compete in a David and Goliath style Round of 16 encounter at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The Socceroos, against the odds, finished second in their group, and are now lined up to take on the two-time World Cup winners.
Led by one of the game’s greatest players in Lionel Messi, the Albicelestes will look to continue their dominance against the green and gold.
The Sporting News takes you through Argentina and Australia’s history of football clashes.
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Have Australia ever played Argentina?
Australia have faced Argentina on seven separate occasions.
In the first match between the two nations, the Socceroos recorded a shock 4-1 victory at the Bicentennial Gold Cup.
However, it has been Argentine domination since, with the Albicelestes picking up five wins out of the following six clashes.
The only draw between Australia and Argentina came in 1993 during a World Cup playoff match.
Australia vs. Argentina head-to-head record
|Jul. 14, 1988||Bicentennial Gold Cup||4-1 AUS|
|Jun. 18, 1992||International Friendly||2-0 ARG|
|Oct. 31, 1993||FIFA World Cup (play-off)||1-1 DRAW|
|Nov. 17, 1993||FIFA World Cup (play-off)||1-0 ARG|
|Jun. 30, 1995||International Friendly||2-0 ARG|
|Jun. 18, 2005||FIFA Confederations Cup||4-2 ARG|
|Sep. 11, 2007||International Friendly||1-0 ARG|
Has Lionel Messi ever played Australia?
Yes, Lionel Messi has featured in one match against Australia.
He was in the starting XI of the Argentina side that beat the Socceroos 1-0 in a friendly at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2007.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner didn’t end up on the score sheet but was already the centre of attention as a fresh-faced 20-year-old.
Messi has not played in Australia since – for club or country. He was expected to travel with the Argentina squad for a ‘Superclasico’ friendly against Brazil in Melbourne earlier this year, but the match was ultimately cancelled.
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Argentina vs. Australia 1994 World Cup qualifier controversy
Argentina and Australia played a two-legged intercontinental playoff in 1993, with the winner qualifying for the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
Nearly 44,000 fans filled out the Sydney Football Stadium for the first leg, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
However, Argentina were too strong at home, winning the second leg 1-0 in Buenos Aires and booking their ticket to the United States.
Whilst the play-off itself wasn’t contentious, it was the revelations after that sparked some controversy.
In 2011, Argentinian and global football legend Diego Maradona admitted that his team had taken banned drugs prior to the playoff with the Socceroos.
He then went on to accuse former FIFA vice-president and head of Argentina’s football association Julio Grondona of having prior knowledge of the drug use.
When is Argentina vs. Australia?
Argentina will face Australia at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al-Rayyan on Saturday, December 3, with kickoff at 22:00 local time in Qatar.
Here’s how that translates into time zones across some of the world’s major territories.
|Hong Kong||03:00 HKT*|
|New Zealand||08:00 NZDT*|
* Following Day (Sunday, Dec. 4)