Argentina score in extra-time; beat Mexico, get to quarter-finals

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Saturday, June 24, 2006

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An epic round sixteen contest between Argentina and Mexico was won by a work of genius from Maxi Rodriguez, Saturday.

Juan Sorin hit a cross-field pass to the midfield player at the top right edge of the Mexican box. Rodriguez jumped to receive the ball and, in the same moment, chested high the way it had come. He met the descending ball 25 yards out with a perfectly timed left-footed volley and the ball arrowed over Oswaldo Sanchez into the opposite corner of the net.

The evenness and excitement of the match might easily be overshadowed by the winning goal. Though the shot totals were not high - Argentina had five shots on target to Mexico's three - the action was end to end.

Part of the reason for the excitement was while Mexico tried to keep a fast attacking pace Argentina attempted to slow the game down. There could have been more goals; both Argentina and Mexico defended well and had timely saves from their goalkeepers.

Mexico got off to the best possible start with a goal from a set-piece after five minutes. Pavel Pardo's cross from the right touchline was flicked on by Mario Mendez and Rafael Marquez slid in to score on a half volley at the far post.

For Argentina the equalising goal five minutes later was the best possible response to going behind. A corner kick was swung in low to the near post; Hernan Crespo raised his foot, Jared Borgetti stuck out his neck and between them the ball sped past Sanchez.

The match had its moment of controversy. Just before half time the Argentine goalkeeper rolled a ball to Gabriel Heinze. Somehow his defender let it go past him to Mexican striker Jose Fonseca. Heinze lunged to bring Fonseca down. Massimo Busacca adjudged Roberto Ayala to be the last defender and spared Heinze the red card for the deliberate professional foul.

Goalkeepers at either end made match saving contributions in the second half. On 53 minutes Roberto Abbondanzieri saved a defensive a clearance that deflected off Borgetti six yards from goal. Five minutes later Javier Saviola was through on goal; he went high and hard with the shot but Sanchez stuck out a strong left palm and batted the ball away for a corner.

Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez replaced Crespo and Saviola as Argentina sought to break the deadlock. A minute from time Tevez thought he was through on goal but Ricardo Osorio got back just in time and the game was destined for another 30 minutes and that special moment in extra time.

Argentina's win meant they would play their quarter-final match in the Olympiastadion, Berlin, against the host nation Germany on June 30.

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Round of sixteen

Match 50

June 24, 2006
Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina 2–1 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Zentralstadion
Crespo 10'
Rodríguez 98'
Márquez 6'

Attendance: 43'000



Flag of Argentina.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Argentina.svgRoberto Abbondanzieri (GK)
Flag of Argentina.svgLionel Scaloni Flag of Argentina.svgRoberto Ayala Flag of Argentina.svgGabriel Heinze 46'+Yellow card.svg
Flag of Argentina.svgJavier Mascherano
Flag of Argentina.svgMaxi Rodriguez Soccerball.jpg Flag of Argentina.svgJuan Riquelme Flag of Argentina.svgEsteban Cambiasso Flag of Argentina.svgJuan Sorin (C) 112'Yellow card.svg
Flag of Argentina.svgJavier Saviola Flag of Argentina.svgHernan Crespo Soccerball.jpg


  • 75' Carlos Tevez for Crespo
  • 76' Pablo Aimar for Cambiasso
  • 84' Lionel Messi for Saviola

Soccerball.jpg denotes one goal scored.


Flag of Mexico.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Mexico.svgOswaldo Sanchez (GK)
Flag of Mexico.svgRafael Marquez

(C) Soccerball.jpg 70'Yellow card.svg

Flag of Mexico.svgRicardo Osorio Flag of Mexico.svgCarlos Salcido
Flag of Mexico.svgJose Antonio

Castro 82'Yellow card.svg

Flag of Mexico.svgMario Mendez Flag of Mexico.svgAndreas Guardado
Flag of Mexico.svgPavel Pardo Flag of Mexico.svgRamon Morales
Flag of Mexico.svgJose Fonseca 119'Yellow card.svg Flag of Mexico.svgJared Borgetti


  • 38' Gerardo Torrado 118'Yellow card.svg
  • 66' Gonzalo Pineda
  • 74' Zinha

Soccerball.jpg denotes one goal scored.


Flag of Switzerland.svg Referee: Massimo Busacca Yellow card.svg Red card.svg

Flag of Switzerland.svg Assistant referee: Francesco Buragina

Flag of Switzerland.svg Assistant referee: Matthias Arnet

Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Fourth referee: Khalil Al Ghamdi

Flag of Jordan.svg Fifth referee: Fathi Arabati

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