World Cup post-game: Argentina 3, Mexico 1
Argentina defeated Mexico 3-1 in a Round of 16 match at the FIFA World Cup on Sunday in Johannesburg in another game marked by controversy.
Carlos Tevez scored twice to help Argentina book its place in the quarter-finals, but his first goal was allowed to stand by Italian referee Roberto Rosetti, even though the Argentine was clearly offside.
It was the second high-profile call botched by the officials on the day, following Frank Lampard's goal for England that was ruled out, even though his shot cleared the goal-line by some distance in Germany's 4-1 win.
Over to you, Mr. Blatter.
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The president of FIFA, soccer's world governing body, has long been a staunch opponent of introducing video replay and goal-line technology to the sport, believing it would disrupt the flow of the game and undermine the authority of the referees.
Surely now, with two calamitous mistakes made a few hours apart on the sport's biggest stage with a global audience watching, he has been convinced to change his stance.
Blatter now has all the evidence he needs. He has no more excuses to offer. He must admit he is wrong and implement change and do it quickly because the integrity of the game hangs in the balance.
Tevez scored on a header in the 26th minute off a broken play, converting from close range on a chip pass played to him by Lionel Messi. Tevez demonstrated sublime skill on the finish, but he was well offside on the play.
Incredibly, the goal stood, not even the Mexicans' impassioned pleas convinced Signor Rossetti to change his mind. The Italian stood firm and simply pointed to the centre circle, eager to get play started again.
Still, Argentina was full value for the victory and Mexico can hardly have any complaints about losing to the mighty South Americans.
Indeed, La Albicelestes have emerged as the class of this tournament, outscoring their opponents by a combined scored of 10-2, a clear indication that manager Diego Maradona's men are getting it done at both ends of the field — in attack and in defence.
What this result means
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Argentina advances to the quarter-finals where it will meet Germany. Mexico has been eliminated, leaving CONCACAF no more representatives at this tournament.
The turning point
Gonzalo Higuain's fourth goal of the tournament dealt a crushing blow to the Mexicans, who were still reeling from Tevez's offside effort moments earlier. Javier Hernandez's goal with 19 minutes left in regulation allowed Mexico to salvage a bit of pride.
The winning goal
Higuain proved to be in the right place at the right time, capitalizing on a horrendous mistake by defender Ricardo Osorio in the 33rd minute. Osorio tried to play his way out of the Mexican box but his wayward pass landed at the feet of Higuain, who held off his marker and rounded goalkeeper Oscar Perez before slotting the ball into an empty net.
Goal of the match
If Tevez's first goal was contentious, his second in the 52nd minute was brilliant. With Argentina sitting on a 2-0 lead, the Manchester City star bounced off two Mexican defenders and thumped an unstoppable drive from 25 yards out that nestled in the far corner of the net. Incredible!
Man of the match
Tevez bagged a pair of goals and looked lively the entire game before being subbed out in the 69th minute.
The Argentine perspective
"The first couple of minutes were really difficult for us. We were not able to run the match. That made life hard for us. After that, it only got better." — forward Carlos Tevez
The Mexican perspective
"Two mistakes … drastically changed the course of the game. There was a before and after." — coach Javier Aguirre