Twenty-five years on: Argentina 0-5 Colombia, 1993 – the game that rocked the world... and embarrassed El Diego

Faustino Asprilla Argentina 0-5 Colombia

Diego Maradona raised his hand to set the scene. “Historically, us Argentines are up here,” he said, drawing a line in the air. “Colombia are down there,” he added, while tracing a second some six inches lower.

Argentina, after all, were two-time world champions and 14-time kings of South America. They’d made three of the last four World Cup finals. Colombia, on the other hand, were without a single major honour on the continent and had only attended two World Cups. At Italia '90 they, like Argentina in the group stage, had been humbled by Roger Milla’s Cameroon, Colombia exiting in the last 16.

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