Sunday, 27th June 2010
Mexicans Wave Goodbye
Argentina vs Mexico
in Jo'burg Soccer City
Another Latin American team will be joining Uruguay in the
quarter-finals this evening.
Mexico almost opened the scoring in the eighth minute, when Carlos
Salcido unleashed a cracking shot from the left that crashed off the crossbar.
A few minutes later, Lionel Messi tried to chip Oscar Perez at the
Drama in the 25th minute when Lionel Messi sent Carlos Tevez through;
Oscar Perez came out; the ball fell to Messi again, who chiped the ball forward to Tevez -
clearly in an offside position. Tevez just headed the ball into the net and turned to
celebrate; while Maradona jumped for joy on the touchline.
The Mexicans protested the goal, everyone ran over to the linesman,
the referee joined in. Heated moments, huge mistake in the second game today but the score
was already up on the scoreboard and Roberto Rosetti pointed to the centre-circle.
Argentina started to look as they were going to run riot and tear the
Mexican defence apart, like Germany did to England; when Gonzalo Higuain notched up his
fourth goal of the tournament.
The Mexicans, who had started so well, began to look as though their
tournament was over.
Mexico started the second-half well but Carlos Tevez hurt them again
with a beautiful strike from the edge of the area in the 52nd minute.
With less than twenty minutes to go, Javier Hernandez gave Mexico some
hope when he pulled a goal back with a swift turn, a few quick steps and a shot into the
roof of the net.
In the closing minutes, Lionel Messi was once again denied a goal,
probably because the players he beat were along the outside edge of the box and he shot
from too far out. Maradona might have dribbled in closer.
Argentina 3 Mexico 1
1:0 Carlos Tevez (25 mins)
2:0 Gonzalo Higuain (33 mins)
3:0 Carlos Tevez (52 mins)
3:1 Javier Hernandez (72 mins)
Man of The Match:
Carlos Tevez - Even if his first goal was offside, it wasn't his fault that the Italian
referee didn't see it like that.
22 Sergio Romero; 6 Gabriel Heinze, 4 Nicolas Burdisso, 2 Martin Demichelis, 15 Nicolas
Otamendi; 20 Maxi Rodr�guez, 14 Javier Mascherano, 7 Angel Di Maria; 11 Carlos Tevez, 9
Gonzalo Higuain, 10 Lionel Messi.
1 Oscar Perez; 3 Carlos Salcido, 2 Francisco Rodriguez, 5 Ricardo Osorio, 16 Efrain
Juarez; 18 Andres Guardado, 4 Rafael Marquez, 6 Gerardo Torrado; 14 Javier Hernandez, 21
Adolfo Bautista, 17 Giovani Dos Santos.
Roberto Rosetti (Italy)
46 Mins (Mexico) - 7 Pablo Barrera on for 21 Adolfo Bautista
62 ins (Mexico) - 9 Guillermo Franco on for 18 Andres Guardado
69 Mins (Argentina) - 8 Juan Sebastian Veron on for 11 Carlos Tevez
79 Mins (Argentina) - 17 Jonas Gutierrez on for 7 Angel Di Maria
87 Mins (Argentina) - 23 Javier Pastore on for 20 Maxi Rodr�guez
28 Mins - Rafael Marquez (Mexico)
0 Red Cards.
Argentina and Mexico met at the first World Cup Finals in Uruguay 1930, with Argentina winning (6:3).
The two teams also met in Leipzig during the Round of 16 at Germany 2006; with Maxi Rodriguez scoring the
winning goal (2:1 aet).
To the Quarter-final in Cape Town.
2010 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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