The three headed monster that is the Argentinean attack was too much for Mexico to withstand. Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain and Lionel Messi were virtually impossible to contain. Tevez especially had a strong game with 2 goals. The first, a gift from the line judge, should never have counted as he received a ball placed in by Messi offside. His second goal was of pure beauty, it sealed the deal for La Albiceleste who took a commanding 3 goal lead in the second half. This was Tevez’s best game of the Cup so far and one must assume that when Messi turns out his first brilliant performance, this team could be in line to take home the Cup. Messi continues to play well but stricken with misfortune. He is still missing that first goal that could release the floodgates.
Argentina cruised to a 3-1 win and will now face Germany in a much anticipated rematch of the 2006 quarterfinal that was decided by penalty kicks.
The game might have gone differently if Tevez was called offside on the first goal. Up to that point Mexico was more than holding its own against the South Americans. Mexico had created the better chances and seemed capable of drawing first blood. After the first goal however, the wheels fell off the bus. A juvenile mistake by defencemen Ricardo Osorio led directly to the second goal by Higuain, who took Osorio’s misguided pass into the net after deeking out the goalie.
Argentina proved to be too much for Mexico. Despite starting off well, they could not solve the fast passing, high pace offense imposed by the Argentines. Argentina continues to play the part of the favorite with its impressive play. Many who doubted Maradona’s capactity to lead this squad, author included, will have to revise their predictions and admit that “El Diego” has so far done a bang up job.
Argentina will play Germany next Saturday for a berth into the semi finals.
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