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Argentina Vs Mexico: Match Review

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Jun 27, 2010
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The most attractive team of the World Cup so far, and my favorite team, Argentina, is set today to take on Mexico in the round of 16 in FIFA World Cup 2010. This is certain to be a thrilling encounter so make sure that you don’t miss out by signing up with us here on watchfootballnow.com; the home of great quality live streaming footy during the 2010 World Cup.

Argentina has been head and shoulders above all the teams thus far; even Brazil has not been able to match the magic that they have shown on the pitch. Biggest star, Lionel  Messi, has not been able to get on the score-sheet just yet, but there has been plenty of quality shown from other names.

Argentina had a perfect start to their World Cup; three games and three wins.  Argentina began the World Cup in a subdued affair against Nigeria. It looked as if the team was looking to find their feet and individual players, who had been playing for different clubs throughout the year, were trying to take some time to adapt to their teammates.

Heinze scored the only goal in the first match for a comfortable 1-0 win. It was the 2nd game, though, when they really came to the party. The talk was once again about Messi but it was the Real Madrid man Higuain who was the hero of the day, scoring the first and so far the only hat-trick of the World Cup. It was no surprise as he had scored 31 goals for his club in the season gone by, and that too in a club studded with a host of stars. The final game against Greece was no different; it was complete domination from the former world champions that resulted in a 2 nil win.

As for Mexico, it is more of a feel good story for them to make it to the final 16 of the World Cup; in a group where there was France, hosts South Africa and Uruguay, they surely were not pegged as the favorites to make it through. A start stop first game against the hosts that ended 1-1 gave glimpses of what they had to offer, but the 2nd match was when they really showed their colors. They dominated the former world champions France in a completely one sided game. A 2 nil surprise win was what pretty much paved their way to the final 16, and even though they lost the final game 1-0 to Uruguay, they still managed to make it to the next round.

Argentina : 

Argentina manager Diego Maradona looks set to make a number of changes to the side that toppled Greece 2-0 in the final group match when many starters were rested. 

The tournament's top scorer, Gonzalo Higuain, and Manchester City star Carlos Tevezwill return to the first team, while Lionel Messi will obviously retain his position as the team's enganche. 

In the midfield, captain Javier Mascherano is back after being benched for fear of accumulating another yellow card against Greece, but veteran Juan Sebastian Veron is likely to miss out in favor of Maxi Rodriguez, the hero from four years ago. 

On defense, Velez Sarsfield youngster Nicolas Otamendi looks to have won a place at right back, even though Jonas Gutierrez has completed his one-match suspension. 

Naturally a winger, Maradona experimented with Jonas in defense against what he felt was weaker opposition in the group, but after two less than convincing outings, Jonas will likely be on the bench in favor of the more defensively-sound Otamendi. 

Inter Milan stalwart Walter Samuel looks to have recovered from thigh injury that forced him off the field after just 23 minutes in Argentina's 4-1 victory over South Korea.

Probable Line-Up: Sergio Romero; Otamendi, Samuel, Demichelis, Heinze,  Maxi, Mascherano, Di Maria, Messi, Tevez, and Higuain. 

Mexico : 

El Vasco Aguirre has made a number of controversial decisions during the World Cup, and should his team fail, the former Atletico Madrid boss man will most likely fall on his own sword. 

Goalkeeper Oscar "El Conejo" Perez is an accomplished keeper, but, at 37, it was surprising when he was given the number one shirt ahead of Memo Ochoa. 

El Conejo  will maintain his position in goal, while Ricardo Osorio, Franciso Rodriguez, Hector Moreno, and Carlos Salcido will make up the defense.

The midfield is pretty straightforward with Rafa Marquez playing right in front of the center backs, a position in which he has thrived at this World Cup.

Not only brilliant in recovering the ball and breaking up attacks, Marquez has been a brilliant distributor, and has provided a number of glorious through balls, none better than the ball that put El Chicharito Hernandez  through on goal against France.  

Gerardo Torrado will retain his spot, while Efrain Juarez should return after serving a one-match suspension. 

Up front, the Mexican fans have been even more mystified by El Vasco's selections than his goalkeeping choice. 

Giovanni Dos Santos is untouchable on the left flank. On the right,  Andres Guardado of Deportivo La Caruna would be an obvious choice, but the 23 year old was surprisingly pulled at halftime of Mexico's loss to Uruguay, despite being El Tri's  most threatening player.

The decision to pull Guardado was even more baffling, considering the 37-year-old Blanco is nowhere near fit enough to play 90 minutes at the top level, and some would argue he isn't even fit enough to play half an hour. 

There is a sense that Aguirre and Guardado have had some sort of a run-in, and that Pablo Barrera, a more than capable back-up who won the penalty that led to Mexico's second goal against France, should slot in nicely. 

As the team's striker, Aguirre looks set to again go with Guille Franco, a naturalized Argentine who has been a target of much criticism in the Mexican press after three games in which he never truly threatened to score a goal. 

El Chicharito , a new signing for Manchester United, has given the world only glimpses of his true potential, and would be dying to do so on the biggest stage during the knock-out rounds, but it looks like Franco will be handed a start yet again. 

Player to watch for Argentina:

Gonzalo Higuain — Argentina's hat trick hero against South Korea was given the day off in his country's final game of the first round against Greece. Higuain will be eager to get back into the swing of things and prove his three-goal performance was merely a sign of things to come..

The Argentine perspective

"The group phase could not have gone better for us. We won all three of our matches and almost everyone got a game. That makes us all feel wanted and part of the team. But that's in the past now and we need to start thinking about what 's coming up." — Winger Jonas Gutierrez

The Mexican perspective

"Obviously you have to translate it onto the field, but I think we can make a valid argument to say we can win this game." — Midfielder Gerardo Torrado

Key Men:

Argentina: Javier Mascherano

Diego Maradona's captain will be given the challenge of protecting the back four in what will be a very open match. 

As Angel Di Maria and Maxi Rodriguez will be given freedom to go forward and Messi has very few defensive responsibilities, extra pressure will be put on El Jefecito  to recover the ball quickly when Argentina loses possession. 

With Veron out of the line-up, Masche  must also play a huge role in passing the ball from the back and distributing it to the more dangerous attackers. 

Argentina will certainly not look past Mexico, but the threat of suspension should he pick up another yellow card, could weigh on the former River Plate star's mind.

Mexico: Giovanni Dos Santos

The ex-Barcelona man has shaken off the disappointment of his brother being cut from the squad to play very well during the group stage, and all eyes will once again be on Giovanni against Argentina. 

Known for cutting in from the right side on to his favored left foot, Gio will come face to face with Gabriel Heinze, a capable but often reckless defender who could have easily seen red in Leipzig when these two sides met four years ago. 

Javer Aguirre will probably view Heinze as one of Argentina's biggest weaknesses, and despite his habit for accumulating bookings and giving away free kicks, Gio will have the pace and guile to expose the Marseilles man. 

World Cup head-to-head

These teams have met two times at previous World Cups, with Argentina prevailing both times.

The Argentines hammered the Mexicans 6-3 in the first round of the first World Cup, held in 1930 in Uruguay.

The other encounter, a second-round match four years ago in Germany, was much closer, with Argentina needing extra time to defeat Mexico 2-1.


Prediction: 

Argentina 3, Mexico 2

Neither team knows how to bunker down, as many sides have done during the World Cup, and should go out to look for the victory. 

Argentina has shown some weaknesses at the back, and quick attackers such as Giovanni and El Chicharito could cause Argentina's slower defenders some problems, but if appears that Aguirre will insist on Guille Franco, a big, lumbering target-man who could make the job easier for Samuel and Demichelis. 

Although both teams have the quality in the final third to score goals, Argentina should have enough to overcome any defensive errors the likes of Demichelis could commit. 

Expect a very fluid game with plenty of goals and quality oozing all over the pitch, and don't be surprised to see one or two defensive howlers from Argentina if El Chicharito is given a run-out.

Whatever I support Argentina and my best wishes remain with my favorite team always. Hope we will play final match.

 

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