South American Futbol - Libertadores, Sudamericana, World Cup 2010

World Cup: Argentina defeats Mexico with ease

Argentina outperformed Mexico in strength

With two goals from Carlos Tevez and one from Gonzalo Higuain, Argentina defeated Mexico 3-1 to go to the World Cup quarterfinals. To set up a thrilling matchup with Germany, who defeated England 4-1, Los Albicelestes outperformed the Mexicans and all but cemented their victory early in the second half.

Carlos Salcido’s powerful effort in the eighth minute narrowly missed the crossbar for Mexico, who had a lot to show after being eliminated by Argentina at the same time four years prior.

However, Argentina took the lead when Tevez, who was approaching from an offside position, headed home a cross from Lionel Messi in the 26th minute. Roberto Rosetti, an Italian referee, decided to award the goal after consulting with his linesman.

Seven minutes later, Higuain extended Argentina’s advantage by around Mexico goalkeeper Omar Perez and putting the ball in the back of the net. Higuain now has the most goals scored in the competition with four.

In the 52nd minute, Tevez scored Argentina’s third goal, advancing the ball 25 meters before beating two defenders and slotting it into the corner of the net. Without a question, the strike was among the finest of the competition.

Mexico scored a goal back in the 71st minute thanks to Javier Hernandez, who will play for Manchester United the following season. This gave Javier Aguirre’s team some much-needed motivation to score again.

Over 84,000 spectators watched a game that on paper should have been more difficult for Argentina at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg.

Only three victories separate Diego Maradona’s team from capturing their first World Cup since 1986, an accomplishment that would cement Maradona’s legendary position for all time.



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