The 33rd minute turned out to be a charmed one for Argentina midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 in Germany, with the Albiceleste star twice hitting the target at this precise time in games. The first came in Argentina’s opening match against Tunisia (a 2-1 win) and the second in a 2-2 draw with Germany, also in the group stages. On both occasions, Riquelme scored from a dead-ball situation: a penalty and a free-kick from outside the area respectively.
The attacking midfielder, one of the best playmakers in Argentinian history, was close to achieving a unique hat-trick of goals in the same minute for three matches in a row, but his strike in the 4-2 win over Australia came in the 31st minute (once again from the penalty spot). Unfortunately, Riquelme could not continue his goalscoring streak into the knockout phase, with Luciano Figueroa ending the tournament as Argentina’s top scorer in Germany.
Nevertheless, Riquelme was acknowledged as his country’s best player at the Tournament of Champions in 2005, coming second behind Brazilian striker Adriano in the adidas Golden Ball award.