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World Cup Finals Blog Home: World Cup Finals: South Africa 2010: Knockout Stage: Argentina vs Mexico

Sunday, 27th June 2010
Mexicans Wave Goodbye

Second Round Match

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 other end.

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.

Half-time: 2:0

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.

Final Score:
Argentina 3 Mexico 1

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
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.

Teams

Travel to Argentina Argentina:
22 Sergio Romero; 6 Gabriel Heinze, 4 Nicolas Burdisso, 2 Martin Demichelis, 15 Nicolas Otamendi; 20 Maxi Rodríguez, 14 Javier Mascherano, 7 Angel Di Maria; 11 Carlos Tevez, 9 Gonzalo Higuain, 10 Lionel Messi.

Travel to Mexico Mexico:
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.

Referee:
Roberto Rosetti (Italy)

Substitutions Substitutions:
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 Rodríguez

Yellow Cards 1 Yellow Cards:
28 Mins - Rafael Marquez (Mexico)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Previous Encounters:
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 Rodríguez scoring the winning goal (2:1 aet).

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Second Round

Game 1
Uruguay vs South Korea
Port Elizabeth

Game 2
Argentina vs Mexico
Jo'burg Soccer City

Game 3
USA vs Ghana
Rustenburg

Game 4
Germany vs England
Bloemfontein

Game 5
Holland vs Slovakia
Durban

Game 6
Paraguay vs Japan
Pretoria

Game 7
Brazil vs Chile
Jo'burg Ellis Park

Game 8
Spain vs Portugal
Cape Town

Quarter-finals

Game A
Uruguay vs Ghana
Jo'burg Soccer City

Game B
Argentina vs Germany
Cape Town

Game C
Holland vs Brazil
Port Elizabeth

Game D
Paraguay vs Spain
Jo'burg Ellis Park

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Semi Final 1
Uruguay vs Holland
Cape Town

Semi Final 2
Germany vs Spain
Durban

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Saturday, 9th July
Uruguay vs Germany
Port Elizabeth

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Sunday, 11th July
Holland vs Spain
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