PEEEEEP PEEEP PEEP – Argentina look very good (minus the horrendous theatrics) and book a place in the quarters against Germany.
92:00 – Messi is just a pleasure to watch as the ball is glued to his feet. He moves across the box and sends a great shot that Perez does well to save.
89:00 – Time running out for Mexico.
80:00 – Mexico are looking dangerous as Heinze makes a great defensive header to steer it away from goal. Mexico will feel hard done by the poor refereeing in the first half.
73:00 – Sorry had to take people to the airport but have heard there have been great goals.
45:00 – After the controversial goal, Mexico’s verve has been greatly reduced and they lack the bite from earlier on in the game.
43:00 – Higuain gets a chance to make it 3-0 but his header goes wide. That was beautifully sent in from out wide. It just occurred to me that Higuain is this generations Pippo Inzaghi. Higuain doesn’t dive or play act but his strength is getting in at the right positions for easy taps ins and goals and making very intelligent runs…but his skills are not as good as his peers around him.
38:00 – Mexico is defensive shambles as Argentina are at their craft best. Ball falls to Tevez who tries an acrobatic spin maneuver but the ball is cleared.
36:00 – Osorio having a nightmare 5 minutes as he gives another one away but Tevez’s cross is well cleared by Marquez.
33:00 – GOOOOAAAAAAL. Higuain latches on to an absolute horrendous mistake by Osorio, rounds the keeper expertly and slots it home. He is now on top of the scoring charts with 4. Argentina 2 – Mexico 0.
30:00 – If Tevez hadn’t headed that it would have been a goal and no argument, but it took 3 minutes for them to restart the game. In 5 seconds everyone watching around the world knew without a shadow of a doubt it was offside.
26:00 – GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAL . Tevez. He was put through by Messi but keeper blocks but messi hits back toward goal and tevez gets his head to it (in an offside position) and it goes in. He was offisde but it will remain Argentina 1 – Mexico 0
25:00 – Guradado doing a good job of harrying Messi. Game hasn’t really developed though and is being played in the midfield.
21:00 – Mexico doing a good job at stifling Argentina’s creativity.
14:00 – Mexico are dominating the attacking threats as Hernandez fires a shot, but it was always going wide.
13:00 – Higuain is sent a long ball but his first touch is poor and it goes out for a corner.
11:00 – Messi beginning to warm up.
9:00 – Jaurez then sends in a shot that is inches wide. Mexico really putting Argentina to the sword.
8:00 – A great shot from Salcido as Romero makes a hash of it and it hits the top bar.
Was there just a random drum solo during the Argentine national anthem?
Argentina: Romero, Demichelis, Burdisso, Heinze, Otamendi, Di Maria, Mascherano, Maxi, Higuain, Messi, Tevez
Mexico: Perez, Rodriguez, Salcido, Marquez, Osorio, Juarez, Torrado, Guardado, Hernandez, Giovani, Bautista
Maradona is certainly having a great time, then again anyone managing his lot would be giddy and skipping around the room.
Welcome to a game boasting with Latin American flair. Both are quick and fast and fun to watch.