A goal in the very last second of injury time in last Wednesday's FIFA World Youth Championship Netherlands 2005 Round of Sixteen match against Colombia in Emmen sparked off scenes of wild jubilation among delirious Albiceleste fans. Francisco Ferraro's side weaved an intricate web that had the previously rampant Cafeteros in a tangle, with midfielder Biglia tirelessly pulling the strings in the centre of the park, and Barcelona's Lionel Messi driving the Colombian defence to distraction.
"It hurt when we failed to beat them in the South American qualifiers so we're delighted with the result. In football you always get a chance for revenge and we knew ours would come round some day," says the midfield general. Back in January the two sides drew in their CONMEBOL qualification game for Netherlands 2005, with the Argentines having to settle for third place in the group behind Brazil and Colombia.
Coach Ferraro was quick to dampen any euphoria in the wake of his side's dramatic victory, however: "We haven't won anything yet and we've got to keep our feet firmly on the ground because now we've got another final coming up," he said after the final whistle. And it looks as though his words of caution have sunk in.
"We didn't celebrate for very long because we had to set off for Enschede straightaway. As soon as we arrived we started training and thinking about the Spain game," says Biglia to FIFA.com during a rare break in the team's hectic schedule. "There's no let up in this tournament. You've got to stay calm and focused, and try and store up as much energy as possible for Saturday's game."
The Spain clash has all the makings of a final and the Independiente player is under no illusions about the size of the task: "There's no question it's a tough game, but if we're going to reach our goals we've got to beat whoever we face, whenever we face them."
Biglia has less than fond memories of his previous meeting with the Spanish in the semi-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Championship Finland 2003: "I had to go off in the second half with a dislocated shoulder and although we were ahead and had the game pretty much under control, they came back and scored in the last minute. We could have played Brazil in the final but we let it slip," he adds despondently.
Saturday's game represents another bite of the cherry for the Argentines, although there will be some all too familiar faces lining up for Spain, Cesc Fábregas among them. "He's come on so much, and we'll have to keep an eye on him and stop him from showing his skills. We'll suffer if we don't stop Juanfran and him. We've got some great players too, though, and we'll be out to make the most of them," he adds.
"To beat Spain we have to be strong in midfield and stop their playmakers," which is exactly what the Albicelestes did against Colombia. "I don't think anyone had put Colombia under much pressure until then or stopped them moving the ball around. The boss told us to pressurise and harry them and that helped us get on top," he explains.
Argentina have improved as the tournament has progressed and Biglia is confident the best is yet to come: "We haven't really worked together much as a unit. Most of us play in the First Division and our clubs don't release us, which made it difficult for the coach to work with us all. Here, though, we're improving with each game and we've got more time to knit together," says the blond-haired midfielder.
Biglia is not alone in describing the host nation - a team packed full of exciting prospects - as one of the surprises of the tournament, and also believes Iñaki Sáez's stylish side is among the favourites to lift the trophy come 2 July. Nevertheless, he is supremely confident he and his team-mates have the firepower to scupper the mighty Spanish and sail into the semi-finals.