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Saturday, 24th June
Argentina Go Through After Extra Time

Second Round Match

Travel to Argentina Argentina vs Travel to Mexico Mexico
in Leipzig

Previous Encounters:
Out of fourteen previous encounters Argentina and Mexico have drawn seven, the last one being the Confederations Cup (1:1 aet) in Hannover, on 25th June 2005. Argentina won the penalty shootout (6:5).

Most of the games were friendlies although they have met in the Copa America before, Mexico winning the 2004 encounter (1:0), in Chiclayo, Peru.

The only time the two teams have met in World Cup history was back in Uruguay 1930; which Argentina won (6:3).

The Match:
Mexico kicked-off the all Latin America affair;the last 2006 World Cup Finals match to be hosted in Leipzig. And it was Mexico who made the best early start, winning a few corners and making the Argentinians feel a little nervous at the back.

Then before the Albicelestes could get a feel for the game, a flick-on from Pavel Pardo's free-kick was met by Rafael Marquez at the far post. Mexico in front.

Argentina were shaken but not stirred as Jared Borgetti, with Hernán Crespo right behind him and sticking out his leg towards the ball, appeared to head into his own net from Juan Riquelme's in-swinging corner; although the goal was credited to Hernán Crespo.

What a great start to the game. Back to square one but with high adrenaline.

And the movement continued almost non-stop, with Mexico hardly giving Argentina the time to play their game; although Crespo did have a great chance to level the scores in the 23rd minute, when he clipped the ball with the outside of his foot, instead of the inside, as he tried to sneak the ball over the advancing Sanchez.

Abbondanzieri then pushed a great Borgetti shot over the bar at the other end.

The first-half ended in controversy as Gabriel Heinze didn't get sent off for pulling down Francisco Fonseca as he ran at goal; instead, he was only booked.

Half-time: (1:0)

Argentina tried to slow things down early in the second-half, to better suit their style of play.

But it was Borgetti who almost scored, sparking Mexico into another spurt of tempo football.

Then Riquelme flicked a ball through to Saviola to run at Sanchez; who managed to palm the chip away.

Around the hour mark, the pendulum seemed to swing Argentina's way and their fans sensed it; increasing the volume of their chanting to a crescendo.

As the clock ticked towards the end of normal time, both teams have used all three substitutions so they would have to hope for no injuries in the half an hour of extra time.

Argentina had a goal disallowed, for offside, in the third minute of injury time.

So, as the match goes to extra-time, with the score at (1:1) memories of the Confederations Cup com flooding back.

With thirty minutes of extra-time, Argentina took the early advantage when Maxi Rodríguez took a high cross-field pass, from Juan Pablo Sorin, on his chest and fired a screamer into the top left. Sanchez thumped the ground but there was really nothing he could do to stop it.

Ricardo La Volpe, the Mexican manager of Argentine origin, was almost in tears, at the short break, before he tried to motivate his players for one last, final fifteen minutes fling; for a place in the quarter-finals.

Argentina could have sealed the victory with a third goal, after Lionel Messi beat four defenders to work a quick one-two with fellow substitute, Carlos Tevez; only to lose his footing when he entered the penalty area.

Gerardo Torrado was lucky when he earned a yellow card two minutes from the end. It should have been his second yellow and he would have been sent off.

In all, Mexico took the game to Argentina and deserved the extra time. But what a goal to seal the game with.

It's been a fantastic tournament for some great goals so far.

Final Score:
Travel to Argentina Argentina 2 - Travel to Mexico Mexico 1
After Extra Time

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 Rafael Marquez (5)
1:1 Hernán Crespo (10) - Jared Borgetti own goal really
2:1 Maxi Rodríguez (98)

Teams

Argentina:
1 Roberto Abbondanzieri; 2 Roberto Ayala, 3 Juan Pablo Sorin, 6 Gabriel Heinze; 5 Esteban Cambiasso, 8 Javier Mascherano, 10 Juan Riquelme, 13 Lionel Scaloni, 18 Maxi Rodríguez; 7 Javier Saviola, 9 Hernán Crespo.

Mexico:
1 Oswaldo Sanchez; 3 Carlos Salcido, 4 Rafael Marquez, 5 Ricardo Osorio, 15 Jose Antonio Castro, 16 Mario Mendez, 18 Andres Guardado; 8 Pavel Pardo, 11 Ramon Morales; 9 Jared Borgetti, 17 Francisco Fonseca.

Referee: Massimo Busacca Travel to Switzerland

Substitutions Substitutions:
38 Mins (Mexico) - 6 Gerardo Torrado on for 8 Pavel Pardo
66 Mins (Mexico) - 14 Gonzalo Pineda on for 18 Andres Guardado
74 Mins (Mexico) - 7 Antonio 'Zinha' Naelson on for 11 Ramon Morales
76 Mins (Argentina) - 11 Carlos Tevez on for 9 Hernán Crespo
76 Mins (Argentina) - 16 Pablo Aimar on for 5 Esteban Cambiasso
84 Mins (Argentina) - 19 Lionel Messi on for 7 Javier Saviola

Yellow Cards 6 Yellow Cards:
45 Mins - Gabriel Heinze (Argentina)
70 Mins - Rafael Marquez (Mexico)
82 Mins - Jose Antonio Castro (Mexico) - should have been Gerardo Torrado
112 Mins - Juan Pablo Sorin (Argentina)
118 Mins - Gerardo Torrado (Mexico)
119 Mins - Francisco Fonseca (Mexico)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

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Second Round

Game 1
Germany vs Sweden
München

Game 2
England vs Ecuador
Stuttgart

Game 3
Argentina vs Mexico
Leipzig

Game 4
Portugal vs Holland
Nürnberg

Game 5
Italy vs Australia
Kaiserslautern

Game 6
Brazil vs Ghana
Dortmund

Game 7
Switzerland vs Ukraine
Köln

Game 8
Spain vs France
Hannover

Quarter-finals

Game A
Germany vs Argentina
Berlin

Game B
England vs Portugal
Gelsenkirchen

Game C
Italy vs Ukraine
Hamburg

Game D
Brazil vs France
Frankfurt

Semi-finals

Semi Final 1
Germany vs Italy
Dortmund

Semi Final 2
Portugal vs France
München

Third-Place Match

Saturday, 8th July
Germany vs Portugal
Stuttgart

2006 World Cup Final

Sunday, 9th July
Italy vs France
Berlin

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Teams by Group

Group A
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Germany
Poland

Group B
England
Paraguay
Sweden
Trinidad and Tobago

Group C
Argentina
Côte d'Ivoire
Holland
Serbia and Montenegro

Group D
Angola
Iran
Mexico
Portugal

Group E
Czech Republic
Ghana
Italy
USA

Group F
Australia
Brazil
Croatia
Japan

Group G
France
South Korea
Switzerland
Togo

Group H
Saudi Arabia
Spain
Tunisia
Ukraine

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