Higuain gets Basile brush-off
Gonzalo Higuain has scored a bucket-loads of goals for River Plate, Real Madrid, Napoli and, these days, Juventus. But there is a chance he remains haunted by a moment in Argentina’s 2014 World Cup final defeat to Germany, which was decided by Mario Gotze’s extra time winner. Remember? From the BBC: “Toni Kroos delivered a misplaced header that sent Higuain clear on goal but the striker did not live up to his elevated reputation with a horrible miscued finish that did not trouble Neuer.”
You would, of course, hope that his compatriots would be sympathetic and not give him a hard time about the moment. Compatriots like former Argentina coach Alfio Basile whose autobiography is just out.
How kind was he to Gonzalo? Not very. “The chance he missed is what cost us the title. It’s difficult to explain what happened to him, because suddenly he was unmarked, had the ball at his feet and was 20 metres from goal with every option open to him and could place the ball anywhere, but instead the mist descended and he fired it wide . . . he was weighed down by the responsibility of realising he was about to score the goal that gave Argentina the World Cup and would gain immortality.”
And? “It’s not good to say that he soiled himself, but that’s basically what happened.”