The day that Colombia was Brazil: 20 years of the great rout
The 5 September 1993 there was one of the biggest thrashings of football history. Not so much the result itself, but its meaning: the 0-5 from Colombia to Argentina at the Monumental de River during the qualifying World Cup 1994. A demonstration of superiority, efficacy, talent and collective game of a group of men who that day seemed to be the Brazil of the 70.
Colombia went to Buenos Aires with the need to win or draw to keep the first position and avoid the play-off. To Argentina, he was only worth winning. On the grass, the best of both teams: Simeone, Ruggeri, Redondo, Batistuta, Goycoechea formed an eleven albiceleste of guarantees to receive a group of players who had amazed with their game and who responded to the name of Asprilla, Valderrama, Corner, Córdoba, Perea, etc..
A full field, 75 passionate souls was the witness of one of the great exhibitions that are remembered. Maturana and Basile on the benches and Maradona in the stands. And suddenly, the exhibition. The unexpected. Despite going out eager to score, Argentina goes to rest with an unfair 0-1 thanks to a goal from Freddy Rincón.
A preview of what's to come in the second half. A current of football that ends with four more goals, an outraged public and a team cheered by a combination football of association and touch. A football from this era in another era. Guardiola's Barcelona, Pele's Brazil, Cruyff's Holland in the hands of Maturana.
Beyond a soccer game it meant many things: the biggest win in history at home received by Argentina who remained after 19 years undefeated at home, the return of Maradona to the albiceleste and the recognition that Colombia and the coffee growers had entered the football legend.