World Cup 2010 Second Round: Argentina 3-1 Mexico

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Argentina reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup after seeing off Mexico 3-1 in their last 16 clash in Johannesburg.

Carlos Tévez controversially headed Argentina in front after 26 minutes when he nodded into an empty net after Lionel Messi had chipped the ball toward goal.

TV replays clearly showed Tévez was in an offside position when he scored, But despite mass protests to Italian linesman Stefano Ayroldi, the goal was allowed to stand.

Argentina were gifted their second goal on 33 minutes when Ricardo Osorio scuffed a pass across the edge of his own box and Gonzalo Higuaín gleefully pounced on the error to score his fourth goal of the tournament.

Tévez scored his second and Argentina's third in the 52nd minute with a a stunning effort from the edge of the box which flew past Mexico keeper Óscar Pérez.

Javier Hernández pulled a goal back in the 71st minute with a superb turn and finish, but it was not enough for Mexico as for the fifth straight finals they crashed out at the second round stage.

Argentina will now face Germany on Saturday in Cape Town in a rematch of the 1986 and 1990 World Cup finals.


Argentina: Sergio Romero; Nicolas Otamendi, Martín Demichelis, Nicolás Burdisso, Gabriel Heinze; Maxi Rodríguez (Javier Pastore, 87), Javier Mascherano, Ángel di María (Jonás Gutiérrez, 79); Lionel Messi; Gonzalo Higuaín, Carlos Tévez (Juan Sebastián Verón, 69)

Mexico: Óscar Pérez; Ricardo Osorio, Francisco Rodríguez, Rafael Márquez, Carlos Salcido; Efraín Juárez, Gerardo Torrado, Andrés Guardado (Guillermo Franco, 62); Giovani dos Santos, Adolfo Bautista (Pablo Barrera, 45); Javier Hernández

7Shots on target6
2Shots off target10
0Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
52Ball possession (%)48

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