World soccer champions Argentina had ended a series of friendly matches, easily beating Switzerland by five goals to nil in Cordoba on Tuesday (16 December).
TV PAN Switzerland (wearing red shirts, white shorts and playing from right to left) in possession in midfield
TV PAN Argentine attack down right wing and Diego Maradona (No. 10) crosses ball for Ramon Diaz (No. 7) to score from header
TV Argentine goalkeeper watches as Swiss attack breaks down. Argentine's Maradona (No. 10) plays a long through ball which a Swiss defender attempts to turn back to his goalkeeper. But ball is intercepted by Argentine Leopoldo Luque, who dribbles past goalkeeper and scores
CU Scoreboard announcing goal
TV Argentine attack as Daniel Valencia scores with a hard, low left foot shot. Scoreboard announces goal (2 shots)
TV Maradona beats two defenders and chips ball over goalkeepers head, scoring with left foot
TV (Second half). Argentine attack builds up in Swiss penalty area, breaks down when Maradona is illegally bundled off the ball by the Swiss No. 4 and the referee awards a penalty
TV Daniel Passarela scores Argentina's fifth goal, from the penalty spot
Switzerland suffered another defeat on their South American tour on Thursday (18 December) when they were beaten four-nil by Uruguay. Paz scored a hat trick for the home side. And Uruguay this month hosts the Champions Gold Cup tournament, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the World Cup competition. Uruguay won the first World Cup final in 1930, and again became champions in 1950. The 'Mundialito' as the anniversary competition is called, runs from December 30th, 1980 to January 10th, 1981.
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Background: World soccer champions Argentina had ended a series of friendly matches, easily beating Switzerland by five goals to nil in Cordoba on Tuesday (16 December). The matches were a run-up to the Champions Gold Cup tournament, featuring teams from nearly all previous World Cup-winning nations. The tournament begins in Uruguay on 30 December.
SYNOPSIS: Argentina, in the striped shirts, and playing from left to right, easily coped with early Swiss offensives. The champions soon took control of the midfield, and began to increase pressure.
An attack down the right wing, and Argentina's star player Diego Maradona, wearing number ten, crosses for Ramon Diaz, to head home.
Switzerland built up some promising moves, but were no match for the aggressive, well-drilled Argentine defence.
Maradona plays a long through ball, showing up the weak Swiss defence. The Swiss defender turns the ball back to his keeper, but Leopoldo Luque intercepts, and scores an easy goal.
Another Argentine attack as Daniel Valencia scores with a hard, low shot. Goalkeeper Burgener is left with no chance.
With the Swiss completely demoralised, Maradona easily outwits two defenders and chips the ball over the goalkeeper's head to score Argentina's fourth goal.
Argentina continued to dominate in the second half. Maradona, always in the thick of the action, is unceremoniously bundled off the ball, and the referee awards a penalty.
It was left for Daniel Passarela to score Argentina's fifth goal, from the penalty spot. Argentina five, Switzerland nil.