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




Argentine fans

Fans wait to watch Argentina take on Mexico - a quarter-final tie with hosts Germany awaits the winners

Mexico's Rafael Marquez opens the scoring

Argentina are immediately on the back foot when defender Rafael Marquez sneaks Mexico ahead on five minutes

Mexico's Rafael Marquez celebrates with Ramon Morales

With the atmosphere in the stadium already crackling, Marquez' shock opener ensures we have a game on in Leipzig

But Argentina swiftly demonstrate their World Cup calibre when Hernan Crespo claims an equaliser just five minutes later

Replays suggest an own goal by Mexico's Jared Borgetti but after a breathless start Argentina are just relieved to level

 Gabriel Heinze blocks Jose Fonseca

Argentina are lucky not to be down to 10 men on the stroke of half-time after Gabriel Heinze's challenge on Jose Fonseca

Referee Massimo Busacca awards a yellow card

Referee Massimo Busacca decides Heinze's block only warrants yellow and it's all square at 1-1 at the interval

Javier Saviola forces a save from Mexico keeper Oswaldo Sanchez

Javier Saviola forces a save from Mexico's Oswaldo Sanchez in a second half that is only slightly less frantic than the first

Lionel Messi comes on as a substitute

Extra time looms despite late substitute Lionel Messi finding the net for Argentina, before being adjudged offside

Maxi Rodriguez controls the ball

Maxi Rodriguez breaks the deadlock in the first period of extra time - first chesting Juan Pablo Sorin's cross-field pass

Maxi Rodriguez shoots

Then firing Argentina ahead with a booming left-footed strike that rockets into the far top corner of the Mexican goal

Mexico goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez

Oswaldo Sanchez is left flailing in the Mexico goal as Rodriguez's shot books Argentina a quarter-final spot



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