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Last Updated: Saturday, 24 June 2006, 22:32 GMT 23:32 UK
Marquez rues super Rodriguez goal
Mexico captain Rafael Marquez
Marquez opened the scoring, but Mexico were eventually beaten
Mexico goalscorer Rafael Marquez said he was sad his side were leaving the World Cup after their 2-1 extra-time defeat by Argentina.

Maxi Rodriguez's wonder goal was enough to set up a quarter-final between Argentina and hosts Germany.

"A great goal by Argentina is what eliminated us," he said.

"The Mexico team has worked very well all this time and played a good match against a team that everyone thought would run over us."

Mexico coach Ricardo La Volpe added: "It was an even game, just as I expected it to be, and it was a magnificent individual goal that decided it.

"We gave an excellent account of themselves. Once again, though, we didn't achieve what we came to do, which was to reach the quarter-finals at least.

"Unfortunately, I couldn't make the substitutions I'd planned to because of the injuries to (Pavel) Pardo and (Andres) Guardado, and that's very annoying.

"We had Omar Bravo and Guillermo Franco, but I had to put Zinha on to get hold of the ball more."

SEE ALSO
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