World Cup Moments - Maxi's Moment of Magic

Unlike the other goals featured by Kwesé Sports in our memorable World Cup moments shortlist, Maxi Rodriguez's strike against Mexico was not of major significance, nor did it involve any fascinating subplots.

Admittedly it settled a tight contest, with the midfielder's strike coming in the 98th-minute of extra-time to send Argentina through to the quarterfinals.

However, Rodriguez's stunning strike makes the cut simply because of the sheer power and beauty of the effort.

It was a goal that didn't truly succeed in covering up Argentina's cracks - they were dumped out in the next round anyway - but one that will live long in the memory.

After a long build-up, the midfielder collected a ball from Juan Pablo Sorin on the edge of the box, controlled it with his chest, and then swivelled to loft a volley towards goal.

His strike was hit sumptuously, with the ball lifted past the sprawling Oswaldo Sanchez before nestling in the far wall of the net.

It wasn't the only outrageous goal that the talented - if flawed - Argentina side scored during the 2006 World Cup. During the group stages, Jose Pekerman's side had already netted one of the goals of the tournament when Esteban Cambiasso finished off an attacking move that had incorporated 25 passes against Serbia & Montenegro.

The South American giants were ultimately beaten 4-2 in a penalty shootout by hosts Germany in the quarterfinal following a 1-1 draw at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

The goalscorers of the two efforts that had illuminated their tournament to date were their last two penalty takers, though while Rodriguez beat Jens Lehmann with his effort, Cambiasso's spot kick was saved.