Golazo: René Higuita, Nacional vs River Plate, Copa Libertadores 1995



Whenever English football fans think of eccentric Colombian goalkeeper René Higuita, generally the first thing that comes to mind is his outrageous trick at Wembley in 1995 and the second is probably his encounter with Roger Milla at the 1990 World Cup.

Fans of Argentine club River Plate have another moment etched into their collective memory. The occasion was the first leg of the 1995 Copa Libertadores semi-final. River had knocked out the holders, fellow Argentine side Vélez Sársfield in the quarter finals to set up their 8th Libertadores semi-final (they currently hold the record for the most semi final appearances with 13, but they've lost 9 of them).

River Plate's opponents were Colombian side Atlético Nacional, who had scraped through the group stage thanks to a last minute penalty save by Higuita against Universidad Cátolica of Chile.

Nacional hosted the first leg of the semi-final which they won 1-0 with this exquisite free kick from Higuita but River Plate rallied to win their home leg 1-0 to set up a penalty shootout which Nacional eventually won 8-7 after Higuita saved Matías Almeyda's penalty.

Unfortunately for Nacional, Higuita had an absolute stinker of a game in the first leg of the final against Grêmio of Brazil, in which he was at fault for all three goals. Nacional could only draw their home leg 1-1 and were beaten 4-2 on aggregate.

Part of the Golazo series.

4 comments:

  1. Even better than the goal is the undisguised bitterness of the Argentinean commentators. Precious.

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  2. yeah there's no goooooool shout for this one!

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  3. Left side of the wall wants shooting, mind...

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  4. higuita siempre seras el mejor de todos

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