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  • Date:27 Jun 2010
  • Kick-off:19:30
  • Venue:Soccer City
  • Attendance:84,377
Goal!

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93mins

Guillermo Franco is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Martin Demichelis takes the indirect free kick.

93mins

The referee gives a free kick against Javier Pastore for handball. Ricardo Osorio takes the free kick.

92mins

Short corner taken by Juan Veron.

92mins

Leo Messi takes a shot. Oscar Perez makes a save.

92mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicolas Otamendi by Gerardo Torrado. Javier Pastore restarts play with the free kick.

91mins

Unfair challenge on Javier Pastore by Gerardo Torrado results in a free kick. Javier Pastore takes the direct free kick.

90mins

Guillermo Franco challenges Nicolas Burdisso unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sergio Romero.

89mins

Ricardo Osorio sends in a cross, comfortable save by Sergio Romero.

88mins

Long range shot from Ricardo Osorio misses to the left of the target.

87mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francisco Rodriguez by Leo Messi. Direct free kick taken by Carlos Salcido.

86mins

Carlos Salcido has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal. (Argentina) makes a substitution, with Javier Pastore coming on for Rodriguez Maxi.

85mins

Gerardo Torrado gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leo Messi. Juan Veron restarts play with the free kick.

83mins

Pablo Barrera takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Gabriel Heinze. Gabriel Heinze fouled by Rafael Marquez, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sergio Romero.

81mins

Gonzalo Higuain is ruled offside. Rafael Marquez takes the free kick.

80mins

The ball is delivered by Pablo Barrera, Gabriel Heinze manages to make a clearance.

80mins

Corner taken short by Pablo Barrera.

80mins

The ball is sent over by Carlos Salcido, blocked by Nicolas Otamendi.

79mins

Dos Santos Giovani concedes a free kick for a foul on Rodriguez Maxi. Jonas Gutierrez on for Angel Di Maria. Free kick taken by Juan Veron.

76mins

Javier Hernandez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicolas Otamendi. Juan Veron takes the direct free kick.

76mins

Foul by Javier Hernandez on Rodriguez Maxi, free kick awarded. Nicolas Otamendi takes the free kick.

71mins

A goal is scored by Javier Hernandez from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Argentina 3-1 Mexico.Assist by Gerardo Torrado.

71mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Leo Messi on Gerardo Torrado. Francisco Rodriguez takes the direct free kick.

70mins

Pablo Barrera takes a shot. Clearance made by Gabriel Heinze.

68mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Angel Di Maria by Carlos Salcido. Juan Veron is brought on as a substitute for Carlos Tevez. Martin Demichelis restarts play with the free kick.

67mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Efrain Juarez on Nicolas Otamendi. Free kick taken by Nicolas Otamendi.

66mins

The ball is sent over by Dos Santos Giovani, Martin Demichelis makes a clearance.

64mins

Pablo Barrera decides to take a short corner.

63mins

The ball is delivered by Pablo Barrera, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Javier Hernandez goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

62mins

Carlos Salcido takes a shot. Save made by Sergio Romero. Short corner taken by Pablo Barrera from the left by-line.

61mins

Effort on goal by Andres Guardado from a long way out goes over the bar. Guillermo Franco comes on in place of Andres Guardado.

60mins

Shot from close range by Pablo Barrera misses to the left of the target.

57mins

Francisco Rodriguez concedes a free kick for a foul on Gonzalo Higuain. Free kick taken by Javier Mascherano.

56mins

The ball is crossed by Carlos Salcido.

56mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rodriguez Maxi on Andres Guardado. Direct free kick taken by Andres Guardado.

55mins

Foul by Gerardo Torrado on Javier Mascherano, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Nicolas Burdisso.

52mins

Carlos Tevez grabs a goal from outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Argentina 3-0 Mexico.

50mins

Pablo Barrera delivers the ball.

49mins

Pablo Barrera crosses the ball, Gabriel Heinze makes a clearance.

47mins

Carlos Salcido has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.

47mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gerardo Torrado from the left by-line to the near post, Nicolas Otamendi makes a clearance.

46mins

The ball is delivered by Carlos Salcido, save made by Sergio Romero.

46mins

Javier Hernandez fouled by Javier Mascherano, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andres Guardado.

46mins

Rodriguez Maxi challenges Carlos Salcido unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carlos Salcido takes the free kick.

46mins

Pablo Barrera comes on in place of Adolfo Bautista.

45mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ricardo Osorio on Gabriel Heinze. Direct free kick taken by Leo Messi.

45mins

Efrain Juarez takes a shot. Blocked by Gabriel Heinze.

44mins

The offside flag is raised against Gonzalo Higuain. Rafael Marquez takes the free kick.

44mins

Rafael Marquez takes a shot. Sergio Romero makes a save.

43mins

The ball is crossed by Adolfo Bautista, Sergio Romero makes a save.

43mins

Javier Hernandez challenges Gabriel Heinze unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gabriel Heinze takes the free kick.

42mins

Rodriguez Maxi produces a cross, Headed effort from close range by Gonzalo Higuain goes wide left of the target.

41mins

Angel Di Maria takes a shot. Blocked by Francisco Rodriguez.

40mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Angel Di Maria by Efrain Juarez. Direct free kick taken by Leo Messi.

38mins

Javier Mascherano gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adolfo Bautista. Andres Guardado has an effort direct from the free kick.

38mins

Ricardo Osorio crosses the ball, blocked by Gabriel Heinze.

37mins

Gonzalo Higuain takes a shot. Save by Oscar Perez.

37mins

Ricardo Osorio challenges Javier Mascherano unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gabriel Heinze takes the direct free kick.

36mins

Carlos Tevez crosses the ball, Rafael Marquez manages to make a clearance.

35mins

Andres Guardado takes a shot. Blocked by Nicolas Burdisso.

34mins

Carlos Salcido takes a shot. Sergio Romero makes a save.

33mins

Gonzalo Higuain scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Argentina 2-0 Mexico.

31mins

Javier Hernandez is adjudged to have handled the ball. Martin Demichelis takes the indirect free kick.

30mins

Rafael Marquez challenges Carlos Tevez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Javier Mascherano takes the free kick.

30mins

Rafael Marquez fouled by Leo Messi, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ricardo Osorio.

28mins

Foul by Rafael Marquez on Leo Messi, free kick awarded. Rafael Marquez goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Rodriguez Maxi takes the free kick.

25mins

Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save made by Oscar Perez. Carlos Tevez finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Argentina 1-0 Mexico.Leo Messi provided the assist for the goal.

24mins

Andres Guardado concedes a free kick for a foul on Leo Messi. Direct free kick taken by Rodriguez Maxi.

19mins

Foul by Javier Hernandez on Gabriel Heinze, free kick awarded. Angel Di Maria takes the free kick.

16mins

Ricardo Osorio gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leo Messi. Direct free kick taken by Leo Messi.

14mins

Effort from outside the penalty box by Javier Hernandez goes wide right of the target.

14mins

Effort from outside the penalty box by Angel Di Maria goes wide right of the goal.

13mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Rodriguez Maxi from the right by-line to the near post, Javier Hernandez manages to make a clearance.

12mins

Leo Messi takes a shot. Save by Oscar Perez.

11mins

Unfair challenge on Efrain Juarez by Javier Mascherano results in a free kick. Rafael Marquez restarts play with the free kick.

10mins

Unfair challenge on Leo Messi by Gerardo Torrado results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Leo Messi.

10mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlos Salcido on Rodriguez Maxi. Rodriguez Maxi restarts play with the free kick.

9mins

Andres Guardado has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

8mins

Carlos Salcido takes a shot.

8mins

Leo Messi takes a shot. Blocked by Francisco Rodriguez.

5mins

Foul by Adolfo Bautista on Angel Di Maria, free kick awarded. Gabriel Heinze takes the free kick.

5mins

The ball is delivered by Carlos Salcido, Gabriel Heinze manages to make a clearance.

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

The ref blows to end the first period.

The second half begins.

The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

Match Preview

Maradona keeps a level head Argentina coach Diego Maradona refuses to get carried away with the plaudits his side have been earning at the World Cup, pointing out that not long ago they were also considered by some a "disaster" and "the worst team ever". Argentina, along with Holland, were one of only two sides to progress through the group stages with a 100% record after defeating Nigeria, South Korea and Greece in Group B. Their tally of seven goals scored was also equal-best with Portugal, who scored all theirs in one match, while only a couple of teams boast a better defensive record, with Maradona's side only conceding once. It has been an impressive showing from the South American superpowers and their reward for finishing top of Group B is a last 16 clash with Mexico. But Maradona was again keen to temper the expectations surrounding his side, even though he did admit they were in "good shape". "I keep on saying the others are the favourites. We're here to fight," he said. "We're in good shape, although of course there's always a few small things to solve within the squad. "It's not easy to go from being nobody in your country and then going on to win three matches and stay focused. "People were saying we were a disaster, we were the worst team they've ever seen, and now they are saying we are an excellent team, that this team is great on the pitch. "We have the same players as before, so you shouldn't believe what everyone says, just go on working the same way you have been working with the same ideas." Maradona had come under heavy fire during qualifying, which saw him field more than 70 players, and he took a swipe at his critics after booking their place in the finals. The former World Cup winner used the press conference in Pretoria to fire another shot at the team's naysayers, although he also said he held no grudges. "I'm grown up, I'm 50 years old in October, I don't hold a grudge. "But what makes me angry is when the lack of respect towards the players and when people don't know how to apologise for that. "There are many players who are being considered gods in Argentina and others who have been slaughtered by the press, and we simply want that these same journalists apologise to these players. It's just a matter of being honest." Looking ahead to the clash with Mexico, Maradona has faith his side can progress through to the quarter-finals but insists they will not be treating Mexico lightly. "Mexico are a team who you need to respect, and we are going to do that. But they should also respect us and our history," he said. Argentina, who beat Mexico 2-1 after extra-time at the same stage of the 2006 World Cup before losing to Germany in the quarter-finals, look set to be without centre-back Walter Samuel due to injury. Mexico coach Javier Aguirre is determined to prove wrong those who predict his side are "dead and gone" even before kick-off. El Tricolor are outsiders to progress to the quarter-finals against Maradona's star-studded line-up, but Aguirre hopes he can spring a surprise to upset the odds at Soccer City. "Nobody is betting a bottom dollar on us, the analysts are saying we're dead and gone. We will see," said a defiant Aguirre. "I think Mexico are nobody's favourites, they don't believe we have a possibility (to win) but we will see after the 90 minutes whether we can change history. Argentina won four years ago and there were no more encounters so we will have to keep our euphoria low and correct the statistics, and see what the betting is (after the match)." Aguirre was referring to the sides' meeting at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, also in the last 16, which Argentina won 2-1 after extra-time thanks to a stunning volley from midfielder Maxi Rodriguez, now with Liverpool. Mexico will be boosted by the return to fitness of Arsenal forward Carlos Vela after a hamstring injury kept him out of their final Group A match against Uruguay. Former Atletico Madrid coach Aguirre added: "I don't think what they have been writing in Mexico lately is justified. It may be logic that because we are playing Argentina everything is going to be wrong, but that is your interpretation." Mexico have never gone beyond the last 16 at any World Cup played away from Mexican soil, and have gone out of the last four tournaments at this stage. end

Formation:433Manager: Diego Maradona

Argentina

Formation: 433Manager: Javier Aguirre

Mexico

  • Sergio Romero
  • Nicolas Otamendi
  • Martin Demichelis
  • Nicolas Burdisso
  • Gabriel Heinze
  • Rodriguez Maxi
  • Javier Mascherano
  • Angel Di Maria
  • Carlos Tevez
  • Leo Messi
  • Gonzalo Higuain
  • SUBS
  • Diego Pozo
  • Clemente Rodriguez
  • Mario Bolatti
  • Juan Veron
  • Ariel Garce
  • Walter Samuel
  • Sergio Aguero
  • Jonas Gutierrez
  • Diego Milito
  • Martin Palermo
  • Javier Pastore
  • Mariano Andujar

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Match Report

Argentina march on Two goals by Carlos Tevez - one hugely-controversial and the other a wonderful strike - sent Argentina through to the quarter-finals with a 3-1 win against a spirited Mexico side. On a day to forget for match officials, the Manchester City striker benefited from an offside decision blunder that was so blatant it ranked alongside the one that denied Frank Lampard in the England game four hours previously. The offside rule states there should be two players between the striker and the goal - there was not even one when Lionel Messi's ball found Tevez's head, and then the net to put Diego Maradona's side in front. After the replay flashed up on the big screen angry Mexico players surrounded the Italian referee Roberto Rosetti and linesman Stefano Ayroldi but the goal stood. Mexico went into meltdown and a defensive howler by Ricardo Osorio allowed Gonzalo Higuain to make it 2-0. It was Tevez who sewed the match up in brilliant fashion - and legitimately this time - early in the second half with Mexico left only to savour a stunning reply by Manchester United's new signing Javier Hernandez. Until Tevez's opener Mexico had looked the better side in this clash between the Latin Americans who had fought out a terrific contest at the same stage of the 2006 finals. That went to extra time but once again Javier Aguirre's men showed themselves to be a classy but unfortunate outfit. Two incidents within the opening 10 minutes had Argentinian hearts in mouths. First Carlos Salcido crashed in a thunderous drive from 30 yards that Sergio Romero just touched onto the crossbar, then an equally terrific strike by Andres Guardado whisked agonisingly past the post. For Argentina, Messi, still looking for his first goal of the tournament, had two efforts from similar positions on the left of the area, but one was blocked and the other easily held by Oscar Perez. Messi should perhaps have passed to an unmarked team-mate - maybe that elusive goal was haunting him. Hernandez, who increasingly looks an astute signing by Sir Alex Ferguson, turned away from his marker and slammed a shot wide but then came Tevez's offside goal and Mexico lost their heads. First skipper Rafael Marquez earned himself a needless booking for showing his frustration, then there was real calamity when Osorio scuffed a pass across the edge of his own box, Higuain seized onto the ball and kept his cool to round Perez neatly and slide home. Salcido raised Mexican hopes with another long-range strike, this time parried by Romero, before Angel di Maria and Tevez nearly scored but were kept at bay by desperate blocks. Higuain really should have made it 3-0 but somehow the Real Madrid striker put a free header wide from only six yards out. There was an unseemly melee around the officials as the teams left the pitch at half-time, with Maradona finding himself in the unusual position of peacemaker. Any hopes Mexico had ended soon after the restart thanks to Tevez's 52nd-minute blistering strike into the top corner from 25 yards out. Tevez ran to the bench for a wild embrace with Maradona that seem to last an eternity. It was left to Hernandez to rescue some pride for Mexico. The 22-year-old had just sent a header over despite being unmarked, but then he left Martin Demichelis standing with a superb turn and lashed the ball high past Romero to give Mexico a slim lifeline. It probably shaded Tevez's strike and will go down as one of the goals of the tournament. Argentina shut up shop after that and Mexico barely had another sniff. Messi's increasingly desperate search for a goal continued as Perez denied him in injury time. As for Maradona, his amazing story continues.

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