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Argentina 2-1 Mexico (aet)
Saturday, 24 June 2006


H Crespo 10
R Maxi 98


R Marquez 5


G Heinze 45yellow card
J Sorin 112yellow card


R Marquez 70yellow card
J Castro 82yellow card
G Torrado 118yellow card
F Fonseca 119yellow card



51% 49%

Shots on target

6 9

Shots off target

4 5


7 6


19 26


  • 01 R Abbondanzieri
  • 02 R Ayala
  • 06 G Heinze yellow card
  • 13 L Scaloni
  • 03 J Sorin yellow card
  • 05 E Cambiasso (76 P Aimar )
  • 10 J Riquelme
  • 18 R Maxi
  • 08 J Mascherano
  • 07 J Saviola (84 L Messi )
  • 09 H Crespo (75 C Tevez )


  • 12 L Franco,
  • 04 F Coloccini,
  • 11 C Tevez,
  • 14 R Palacio,
  • 15 G Milito,
  • 16 P Aimar,
  • 17 L Cufre,
  • 19 L Messi,
  • 20 J Cruz,
  • 21 N Burdisso,
  • 22 L Gonzalez,
  • 23 O Ustari


  • 01 O Sanchez
  • 03 C Salcido
  • 04 R Marquez yellow card
  • 18 A Guardado (66 G Pineda )
  • 05 R Osorio
  • 15 J Castro yellow card
  • 16 M Mendez
  • 08 P Pardo (38 G Torrado yellow card )
  • 09 J Borgetti
  • 11 R Morales (74 A Zinha )
  • 17 F Fonseca yellow card


  • 12 J Corona,
  • 02 C Suarez,
  • 06 G Torrado,
  • 07 A Zinha,
  • 10 G Franco,
  • 13 G Ochoa,
  • 14 G Pineda,
  • 19 O Bravo,
  • 20 R Garcia,
  • 21 J Arellano,
  • 22 F Rodriguez,
  • 23 L Perez

Ref: Massimo Busacca
Att: 43000


"It's so disappointing there had to be a loser because we've just watched one of the great, great matches in World Cup history."
Alan Hansen, BBC TV Sport

PLAYER RATER: Mexico may be heading home instead of to Berlin but they take your plaudits with them. Six from their ranks outscore the highest marked Argentine player, with all-action skipper Rafael Marquez leading the way on 9.11.

FULL-TIME: That's it. Argentina's bench swarm on to the pitch in delight at booking their quarter-final spot against Germany after a sensational match decided by a goal fit to settle a game of such quality.

120 mins: Argentina can sense victory. They are keeping the ball and Mexico are chasing shadows. Francisco Fonseca cannot believe it as another decision goes against him.

118 mins: Gerardo Torrado is booked for wrestling Lionel Messi to the ground. In quick succession there's another Mexican booking. Francisco Fonseca shows his frustration at a decision going against him and kicks the ball away.

117 mins: Jared Borgetti cannot get enough of his head to a cross and instead of diverting it on goal he glances it wide.

116 mins: Mexico come forward but Ricardo Osorio's cross is cut out by Roberto "Mouse" Ayala.

115 mins: Five minutes to go and Mexico are in the wrong half of the pitch from their perspective.

114 mins: Great football from Lionel Messi, Pablo Aimar and Carlos Tevez pinging the ball around and playing Messi in on goal, but he loses his footing at the vital moment and Oswaldo Sanchez swoops to claim the ball.

111 mins: Ricardo Osorio draws a foul from Juan Pablo Sorin down by the corner glag. The Argentine skipper is booked. The Mexicans pile forward for the free-kick but the first head to it is Maxi Rodriguez and the danger is cleared. There's a little bit of afters between Roberto Ayala and Rafael Marquez in the box.

109 mins: Argentina are defending from front to back with Carlos Tevez setting the example and closing down any space the Mexicans attempt to find to create attacks from the flanks.

107 mins: Antonio Zinha fires a low shot in when the ball to Ricardo Osorio may have ended with Argentina keeper Roberto Abbondanzieri facing a sterner test than watching the ball go wide.

2215 BST: This is it for Mexico. They re-start the action and need to find an equaliser in the next 15 minutes or else they are on the plane home. A date in Berlin on Friday against the hosts awaits the winners.

"It's the Argentine contingent of fans making all the noise now with pockets of them around the stadium bouncing, singing and waving their flags and scarves as they sense victory."
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Leipzig

EXTRA-TIME HALF-TIME: A few of the Mexican players look out on their feet. That sensational Maxi Rodriguez goal means the Argentine XI have a spring in their step - if they can muster it.

105 mins: Rafael Marquez stretches every inch of his muscular frame to toe-poke the ball away from Pablo Aimar and end the Argentine's attacking run into the box.

104 mins: Mexico coach Ricardo La Volpe has made his three changes and looks a frustrated figure on the sidelines. What can he do to change this? Fifa have banned him from smoking on the touchline. Bet he's gasping for one now.

101 mins: Now it is Argentina playing keep-ball football with speedy young duo Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez the release valve in attack.

99 mins: Time for Mexico to up that tempo - if they can.

98 mins: GOAL Argentina 2-1 Mexico
What a goal! Maxi Rodriguez chests down Juan Pablo Sorin's cross-field pass and lashes in a left-foot shot on the volley that arrows into the top corner.

96 mins: Mexico have taken all the pace out of their game but are still stringing together good spells of possession.

RATER POLL: How will the game end? 33% of you think Mexico will prevail on penalties. If they do it will be a first for them at the World Cup. In two previous shoot-outs they have lost both times.

93 mins: Pablo Aimar and Lionel Messi exchange passes on the edge of the area but even these two magicians cannot find a way through.

2157 BST: Argentina get the ball rolling. There is no golden goal or silver goal at this tournament so we will play another 30 minutes.

2154 BST: Players from both teams are sprawled on the turf and the physios are working overtime loosening legs. Then it is the turn of the coaches to motivate their men. Jose Pekerman gathers Argentina into a huddle. Ricardo La Volpe follows suit.

"There are good games and there are great games - and this has been a great game. You could not predict which way it would go. It was unfortunate the officials made mistakes at the end of the first half and at the end of the second half. But I suppose they evened each other out."
Alan Hansen BBC TV Sport

"It will be a joy to watch another 30 minutes. The introduction of Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez has added pace that is putting Argentina on top."
Kevin Gallacher, BBC Five Live Sport

"Lionel Messi was onside for that goal - it was a bad decision."
Alan Hansen, BBC TV Sport

END OF NORMAL TIME: A pulsating match with the promise of more to come. That's good for us but the players will need to find a second wind after giving their all. There will be some tired legs out there.

90 + 2 mins: Juan Roman Riquleme plays in Pablo Aimar who squares to Lionel Messi and the ball is in the net, but celebrations are cut short by the offside flag.

90 mins: Carlos Tevez breaks down the right but pauses in the box to weigh up his options and that is enough for Carlos Salcido to come back and clear off his toes.

89 mins: Argentina are passing the ball around nicely but cannot find a way through. There will be three minutes of injury time.

87 mins: Javier Mascherano is on his knees pleading with the ref that he got the ball, but it is too late, it's a free-kick. Rafael Marquez has been watching '101 Ways to Mess Up a Free-Kick Roberto Carlos style'. His run up is longer than the distance the ball travels before it thumps into the wall.

86 mins: Both teams are still going for it and a real chance for Francisco Fonseca. He climbs high to meet Gonzalo Pineda's dinked cross from the left but plants the ball wide.

84 mins: Lionel Scaloni's defending is more akin to the Premiership as he clubs into and through Antonio Zinha. A third change for Argentina with Lionel Messi replacing Javier Saviola.

83 mins: Time stands still for Carlos Salcido. While most defenders would have put size 11 to ball and thumped Juan Roman Riquelme's free-kick clear, he traps the ball in the D before picking his spot and playing the ball. Mr Cool or what.

82 mins: Jose Antonio Castro is booked for a foul on Juan Pablo Sorin.

81 mins: Stick or twist time. An hour since a goal and 10 minutes until the final whistle. Do you go for a winner or close it out for extra-time?

80 mins: A mazy run from Carlos Tevez through the box. At one stage he looks crowded out but forces his way through and Oswaldo Sanchez turns his acute shot out for a corner. Noting comes from it.

78 mins: Juan Roman Riquelme lines up another free-kick. Whoops. A training ground move with the ball played down the line to Carlos Tevez goes wrong. Back to the drawing board with that one lads.

76 mins: A double change for Argentina and it is an attacking move. Pablo Aimar and Carlos Tevez replace Hernan Crespo and Esteban Cambiasso.

75 mins: Jared Borgetti gets his head to a Carlos Salcido cross but cannot direct the ball on goal.

RATER POLL: Juan Roman Riquelme is not the only Argentine celebrating a birthday today. Lionel Messi is as well and 66% of you want to see him on the pitch to spice up the Albicleste attack.

74 mins: Antonio Zinha comes on so Mexico have made all three of their substitutions before Argentine coach Jose Pekerman has even turned to call on his replacements. Ramon Morales makes way.

71 mins: Jared Borgetti is raging after taking a flailing elbow in the face from Gabriel Heinze. No free-kick and no action from the ref. Borgetti rages some more.

70 mins: Mexico skipper Rafael Marquez gets a yellow card for a rash tackle from behind on Hernan Crespo, a real kick at the Achilles heel. At this stage of the 2002 tournament he was sent off for head-butting USA's Cobi Jones - an act that earned him a four-game ban.

69 mins: There has been no let up in noise from the terraces and those clad in light blue and white do their best to rouse their heroes on to victory.

66 mins: Now Andres Guardado does come off. Gonzalo Pineda replaces him in a direct swap at left wing-back.

63 mins: A pause in play with Andres Guardado down injured after an attempted sliding tackle on Maxi Rodriguez in the centre circle. Gonzalo Pineda and Antonio Zinha are warming up but Guardado returns having been stretchered off.

62 mins: The pace has gone from the game and it remains to be seen if Mexico will pay for their early, furious endeavour. Argentina are pregnant with purpose.

60 mins: Juan Roman Riquelme almost scores direct from the corner. It whips in just above the crossbar. He is orchestrating the action in open play and from deadballs.

59 mins: Juan Roman Riquelme threads a pass down the left channel off the outside of his boot to Javier Saviola who tests the goalkeeper but cannot beat him.

57 mins: Juan Roman Riquelme flights a free-kick across the box to the deep-lying Maxi Rodriguez but the Atletico Madrid man fails to catch it with a zing off the boot and Oswaldo Sanchez easily palms the ball over.

55 mins: Gerardo Torrado blocks a shot from Juan Roman Riquelme after a good passing move from Argentina.

53 mins: Ramon Morales steps in off the left and clips a cross over to Jared Borgetti. He doesn't go with his head and opts to bring it down off his chest which gives Juan Pablo Sorin the time to get a vital touch in.

50 mins: Javier Saviola lines up to meet Lionel Scaloni's cross from the right but the little fella gets a bit too much leverage off Jose Antonio Castro and concedes a free-kick.

49 mins: It is not the blockbuster start we enjoyed to the first half and Argentina are maintaining possession well. Nice stuff.

47 mins: An injury concern for Argentina. Juan Roman Riquelme grimaces after taking a knock to the ankle but seems to be all right. Perhaps he just wanted some attention. He got it. Now get on and play some football instead.

2104 BST: We're back on.

2103 BST: Argentina are out now. A year ago on Monday their match in the Confederations Cup ended 1-1 before going to extra time so it could be a long night... or afternoon in Mexico City (1503 local time)... or early evening in Buenos Aires (1703 local time).

2101 BST: Mexico emerge for the second half.

"It has been a fantastic game. Argentina arrived as champions-elect having won their group at a canter. The script was written but someone forget to tell Mexico. They have not been overawed, they've been positive from the start. Fantastic stuff."
Martin O'Neill, BBC Sport TV

PLAYER RATER: Alan Hansen gives Mexico skipper Rafael Marquez the big up and so do you with a mark of 9.27. Hernan Crespo is the only Argentine with a ranking of more than eight.

"Argentina are playing the crowd as well as Mexico and have looked at their most vulnerable so far this tournament. Mexico are being backed not only by their own supporters but also by the host nation's contingent of fans who made it clear who they would rather face next in the quarter-finals as they waved their flags after the opening goal."
Mandeep Sanghera, BBC Sport in Leipzig

"It has been fiery and fast and a magnificent performance from both sides. It was a bad mistake from the referee though. It was one-on-one and a sending-off offence."
Kevin Gallacher, BBC Five Live Sport

HALF-TIME: A controversial end to a thrilling 45 minutes of football.

45 mins: Roberto Abbodanzieri plays a goal-kick to Gabriel Heinze. The Manchester United man is caught on his heels, mis-controls and gifts the ball to Francisco Fonseca before hacking down the striker. It is only a yellow card, with referee Massimo Busacca pointing at Roberto Ayala as being the last defender. A lucky escape and doesn't Ricardo La Volpe know it. He has gone beserk in the technical area.

44 mins: Gerardo Torrado tries his luck from distance. He has found the pace of the game from the off since coming on, but on that evidence he has not found his shooting boots.

43 mins: Esteban Cambiasso may have scored one of the best World Cup goals against Serbia and Montenegro but the less said about that effort the better. Four words. High, wide and ugly.

42 mins: This is Roberto Ayala's 104th cap. If Argentina get to the final the man nicknamed "Mouse" will break Diego Simeone's record as the most capped Argentine international. A mouse and a duck at the back? Sounds more like a children's book than a crack international rearguard.

41 mins: Jared Borgetti knocks down a Ramon Morales lifted pass to Francisco Fonseca but Roberto Ayala is on hand to intercept on the edge of the area.

38 mins: There's an early change but it is not Carlos Salcido. Pavel Pardo has been doing well and gets a pat on the head from the boss as he comes off with Gerardo Torrado going on. Pardo receives strapping and an ice pack to his right thigh on the bench.

37 mins: "The Duck" needs three goes before hanging on to a cross from the left by Ramon Morales. It's a bit of a flap over nothing for the Argentine keeper.

36 mins: First bit of play-acting and the Oscar goes to Maxi Rodriguez who falls to the ground clutching his knee when a vague flat palm touched him in the chest. Justice is served at the free-kick as Mexico race out to catch everyone offside.

34 mins: On second thoughts Ricardo La Volpe doesn't look that menacing. He is wearing a brightly coloured tie and a jacket-and-jean combo. Less international crime syndicate head and more like assistant bank manager at a summer garden buffet.

32 mins: Carlos Salcido pulls up lame running back to cover a pass through to Javier Saviola. He seems to be all right but it will be worth keeping an eye on him.

31 mins: Juan Roman Riquelme gets the ball in space and turns to run at the Mexican defence but is soon surrounded by a hoard of green shirts.

29 mins: From Mexico's fifth corner Jared Borgetti again beats the defence to the first ball but his flick-on loops high across the six-yard box.

27 mins: Mexico coach Ricardo La Volpe is a picture of intense concentration on the touchline, stroking his goatee in a slightly menacing style. Think Blofeld in a Bond film with facial hair - well, hair fullstop. What is he plotting?

25 mins: The ball is worked to Jared Borgetti on the edge of the area. He digs it out from his feet and fires on goal only to be denied by a great save from Roberto Abbondanzieri. He is known as "The Duck" but leapt like a salmon for that one.

22 mins: Another neat Esteban Cambiasso touch in midfield releases Hernan Crespo on the left, but with Oswaldo Sanchez racing off his line the Argentine flicks the ball over the keeper and wide of the goal.

21 mins: Hello sailor. Referee Massimo Busacca flicks his leg up to indicate a foul throw from Carlos Salcido. Not what Mexico would have wanted to see from an attacking throw-in.

20 mins: Argentina are beginning to exert some authority on proceedings having quelled the storm of Mexico's sensational, fast start.

18 mins: Esteban Cambiasso pirouettes to release a pass for Hernan Crespo but his shot on the edge of the box is blocked by Rafael Marquez and goes out for a corner. No goal this time from the corner kick.

16 mins: Brithday boy Juan Roman Riquelme sure can do some magic with the ball at his feet but tackling is not his forte. He clumsily brings down Rafael Marquez as the skipper looks to launch an attack from deep.

13 mins: Jared Borgetti breaks into the box and is set to pull the trigger and fire on goal as Gabriel Heinze slides in to block.

11 mins: So then, that's what Argentina are made of. An impressive response. Over to you Mexico.

10 mins: GOAL Argentina 1-1 Mexico
Hernan Crespo looks to have headed in Juan Roman Riquelme's corner, but, while the Chelsea man takes the plaudits from his team-mates, it will have to go down as an own goal off Jared Borgetti's head. It's touch-and-go who made the final contact and could be one for Fifa's goals panel to earn their money from. They tend to go with the attacking player so Crespo could yet get the credit he clearly thinks he deserves.

9 mins: Argentina have their first sustained spell in attack. Juan Roman Riquelme's free-kick is deflected out for a corner off the wall.

6 mins: Let's see what Argentina are made of. This is the first time they have trailed at the World Cup and it is only the second goal they have conceded.

5 mins: GOAL Argentina 0-1 Mexico
Pavel Pardo's free-kick from the right is flicked on by Mario Mendez and Rafael Marquez escapes the clutches of Gabriel Heinze to steal in at the back post and slide in and score.

4 mins: This game is rocking. It is a fast and furious start. Javier Saviola races forward but that apart the early action is in the Argentine half.

2 mins: Pavel Pardo's corner is flicked on at the near post but is headed out for another corner. The second corner is cleared by Lionel Scaloni.

1 mins: Lionel Scaloni's first contribution is an agricultural clearance out for a corner. Was that a bit of early panic at the back for Argentina?

2000 BST: Mexico kick off. This is the fifth and final match to be played at the Zentralstadion, the only venue in the old East Germany. Hosts Germany await the winners in the quarter-finals.


1959 BST: Mexico win the prize for the biggest pennant which is handed over during the pre-match tossing of the coin - it's massive.

1958 BST: "I'm not sure Argentina are as strong as everyone says they are and I'm not sure Javier Saviola is the answer up front."
Martin O'Neill, BBC Sport TV

1956 BST: Anthem time. Argentina go first and then the Mexican anthem gets a rousing rendition from the massed-rank fans in the ground. Goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez looks particularly relaxed. He is almost laughing at the camera!

1954 BST: Up in the VIP box is one Herr Beckenbauer. The Kaiser has come direct from Germany's afternoon win in Munich by helicopter. Not much of a honeymoon for his wife Heidi who he married on Friday.

1953 BST: The fans are going loco as the two teams, in their traditional colours, come out of the tunnel.

1947 BST: Jared Borgetti is one of only two players for Mexico who play their club football outside the country. He takes the tally of Premiership-based pros in the match to four with Lionel Scaloni of West Ham, Manchester United's Gabriel Heinze and Chelsea striker Hernan Crespo lining up for Argentina.

1944 BST: "Everyone's dressed in green, but we have a bad feeling. We hope we'll win but we know we're going to lose."
Jorge, BBC Five Live Sport in Mexico City

1942 BST: "I've never seen a bunch of people as nervous for a match. They're excited but cautious and keyed up. They're worried about the defence and lack confidence in the keeper. They're rushing to get in front of a television at home or in a bar and the bus drivers, who are forced to work, have their headphones on to listen."
Daniel, BBC Five Live Sport in Buenos Aires

1941 BST: Referee watch. The man in black, if that's his colour of choosing in these new-fangled World Cup kits, is Massimo Busacca. The Swiss official has taken charge of Spain v Ukraine and Sweden v England showing an average of three cards a game - one of which was red.

1937 BST: The Fifa ranking committee will be hoping for a Mexico win. Their much derided ranking system has north Americans at four in the world, five places higher than their south American opponents.

1934 BST: Both squads go through their paces in Leipzig.

1931 BST: Their most recent meeting came in Germany at the Confederations Cup last summer. It ended in a draw but Argentina won the penalty shoot-out 6-5. More of the same will do for the neutral tonight.

1928 BST: But there is good news for Mexico. Their coach may have the Indian sign over Argentina. Ricardo La Volpe, who was a member of Argentina's 1978 World Cup-winning squad, lost his first match in charge against his country of birth but has since done well with a win and two draws.

1924 BST: While everyone is backing Argentina, Mexico have not got much support and that's not surprising when you leaf through the history books. They are one of four teams to have reached the second round in each of the last four World Cups but have failed to go further on each occasion. The other countries? Brazil, Germany and Italy.

1921 BST: Argentina enjoyed a quiet build-up to the World Cup but that all went out the window when they humbled Serbia and Montenegro 6-0. Their odds tumbled and many pundits have jumped on the bandwagon tipping them for success in Berlin come the final on 9 July.

1917 BST: El Tri goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez gets a good welcome from the sombrero-wearing Mexican fans in the Zentralstadion as he comes out for the warm-up.

1913 BST: Bolton striker Jared "The Desert Fox" Borgetti said he would be fit for the last 16 and he has recovered from a thigh injury to start. It will be a boost to Mexico as he scored 14 goals in qualifying - twice as many as he has managed for Bolton.

1906 BST: "The mentality of sides changes now - you've got to win in the 90 minutes. It's still really warm and nobody will want to go into extra-time because fatigue will then set in. Mexico have variety and can play either 3-5-2 or 4-4-2, but they look defensive minded."
Kevin Gallacher, BBC Five Live Sport

1900 BST: Argentina are without the injured Nicolas Burdisso, but that apart are at full strength with Hernan Crespo, Javier Saviola, Gabriel Heinze, Lionel Scaloni and Juan Pablo Sorin coming in. Mexico make four changes, drafting in Jose Antonio Castro, Andres Guardado, Ramon Morales and Jared Borgetti.

"I'm looking forward to it. It'll be a great game. Mexico move the ball around well and Argentina were sensational against Serbia and Montenegro."
Alan Hansen, BBC Sport TV


Argentina: Abbondanzieri, Ayala, Heinze, Scaloni, Sorin, Cambiasso, Riquelme, Rodriguez, Mascherano, Saviola, Crespo.
Subs: Franco, Coloccini, Tevez, Palacio, Milito, Aimar, Cufre, Messi, Cruz, Burdisso, Gonzalez, Ustari.

Mexico: Sanchez, Salcido, Marquez, Guardado, Osorio, Castro, Mendez, Pardo, Borgetti, Morales, Fonseca.
Subs: Corona, Suarez, Torrado, Zinha, Franco, Ochoa, Pineda, Bravo, Garcia, Arellano, Rodriguez.

Referee: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland).

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