Full-time - 90'
3 - 1
18:30 +00:00, June 27, 2010
FNB Stadium, South Africa
Referee: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)
Argentina's quality going forward cannot be disputed but they are still questionable at the back in my opinion, as demonstrated by Hernandez's goal. Germany, as they showed today, will pose a big threat to them on Saturday.
Comment from John Brewin at Soccer City: The bear-hugging has begun again. Another win for Argentina. Yet again, we wonder what might have been without the idiocy of the refereeing systems put in place but, like England, Mexico did not respond positively to their plight.
Four years ago Argentina beat Mexico in the second round before they went out to Germany in the quarters on penalties. A chance for revenge on Saturday.
Diego Maradona looks relaxed on the touchline
FULL TIME Argentina book their place in the quarter finals and a date in Cape Town with Germany on Saturday. They deserved it, but their first two goals were courtesy of mistakes. One from the officials, one from a Mexico defender.
Messi very nearly scores a belter. He wriggles into the area surrounded by green shirts but emerges with the ball and forces Perez into a smart save.
Pastore is hacked down by Torrado. A poor tackle. Should have been a card. Mexico have committed 25 fouls to Argentina's ten.
Three minutes added...
Osorio is operating on the right flank now as Mexico chase the game but his cross is about as good as his defending has been.
Javier Hernandez celebrates after pulling a goal back for Mexico
Javier Pastore is on for Maxi Rodriguez.
A promising move ends with another Salcido but this one is poor.
Torrado is punished for high feet, which is ridiculous because Messi's foot was equally as high.
ESPN Stats & Info: This would be only the second time Argentina have won their first four World Cup games. The other occasion was 1930, when they lost the final to Uruguay.
The referee penalises Marquez for a push and Argentina have a free kick.
Argentina are happy to sit deep now and Mexico win another corner.
Barrera has been excellent since he came on, very lively and good with the ball at his feet. The only thing that lets him down is his final ball. Mexico should have started him on this evidence.
The corner is taken short and Barrera whips in a superb cross and Heinze was in the right place to nod away from goal under pressure from Marquez.
Salcido wins a corner.
Gutierrez comes on for Di Maria and will presumably go to the left wing.
Looks like Gutierrez is about to come on. Newcastle's finest.
Comment from John Brewin at Soccer City: I cannot help but notice that Hernandez's goal came when Veron was on the field. La Brujita (the little witch) is a curse if you ask me.
A great tackle from Otamendi as Mexico looked to break. He's a much better bet than Gutierrez at right back, surely.
Messi's jinking run is stopped by Marquez and Mexico come forward again...
That has given Mexico a lift and they are knocking it around confidently again.
Mexico really do have to launch people forward now. If they can get one more in the next ten minutes then this could be interesting...
GOAL Hernandez pulls one back! He turns Demichelis on the edge of the box before slamming a shot into the roof of the net. Cracking finish.
Off the line! Salcido's cross falls to Barrera whose effort bounces over Romero but Heinze is there to nod clear.
Juan Veron is coming on for Tevez. Carlos is not happy but he should take it as a compliment.
With the game won will Maradona rest some of his big hitters?
ESPN Stats & Info: Despite not having made an offensive impact on this game, Lionel Messi is still a main target for the Mexican defence. He has won four fouls, more than any other Argentina player.
Great stuff from Tevez who hunts down a short corner from Mexico and turns it into an Argentina throw.
Chance for Hernandez. He has a free header 12 yards out but he nods it narrowly over the bar.
Osorio has been Argentina's best player preety much. The Mexico centre back hands possession over to Tevez this time and only a timely tackle from Rodriguez spares Osorio's blushes.
Franco is on for Guardado, maybe on the strength of that rubbish shot he just attempted.
Guardado is the next to have a crack and like so many other efforts in this tournament, it sails over the bar.
A great run from Barrera is spoiled by an ambitious shot from the byline. He beats two players but had to pull it back rather than select the greedy options.
Franco is going to come on for Mexico. They've got to go for broke now.
Maradona is about as much fun to watch as the football itself. He went for a jig down the touchline when Tevez scored, then afforded the goalscorer a huge bear hug.
Mexico are all over the place at the back and Argentina should have registered their fourth. Higuain got into the box but Di Maria couldn't fashion a shooting chance.
Tevez bursts through again but Mexico have enough defenders to cope with it.
ESPN Stats & Info: The last time Mexico conceded three goals or more in the World Cup was in 1978 against Poland.
Comment from John Brewin at Soccer City: Carlos Tevez with a real goal. Wonderfully struck. Only matched in spectacle by a bout of rampant man love on the sidelines. This team like each other, unlike some I could mention....
Tevez's second of the game. The first one was dodgy, the second sublime.
GOAL No arguments with that one from Tevez! What a goal! He's lashed that into the top corner from 25 yards and Argentina will play Germany in the last eight.
Marquez does well to stop Messi in his tracks not once but twice as Argentina broke forward.
The substitute makes an immediate impact, by turning in an awful cross when everyone had gone near post. Poor.
A good start to the half for Mexico who, like England, have to banish thoughts of their misfortune from their mind if they are to get back into the match.
Mexico win an early corner and as it is cleared Salcido fires a shot two yards wide of the post.
Mexico change as Pablo Barrera comes on for Bautista. We begin again...
ESPN Stats & Info: Ricardo Osoiro, who gave the ball away for the second goal, had the worst pass completion percentage of any outfield player (60%).
Gonzalo Higuain skips around Oscar Perez to make it 2-0 to Argentina
Comment from John Brewin at Soccer City: This time Diego Maradona has been incidental to any controversy. The FIFA farce continues. But there is now a full-scale battle on the halfway line. And Diego is calming things down ... this is a day from another dimension.
HALF TIME Such a shame for Mexico. They are 2-0 because of two mistakes - one by the linesman and one from their centre back. Now there is a scuffle just outside the tunnel between the two sets of players.
Mexico players protest in vain to referee Roberto Rosetti
A dangerous run from Guardado is cleared by Burdisso before a cracking ball in from Salcido is missed by Hernandez.
Marquez has a punt from 30 yards and gets a good connection on it but it is right at Romero.
ESPN Stats & Info: Argentina have not won a knockout match in normal time since beating Brazil in the 1990 second round (eight matches).
What a chance! Messi feeds Tevez, he slots it wide to Maxi Rodriguez and his cross is nodded wide from seven yards out by Higuain. Maybe the defender, Osorio, just got a tiny nick on it but the Real Madrid striker should have scored.
ESPN Stats & Info: Argentina's record is 23-0-0 when holding a two-goal lead at the World Cup.
Argentina waste a free-kick in a similar position to the one Mexico just had. How they could do with a goal back before half time.
Carlos Tevez celebrates after putting Argentina 1-0 ahead
Oh dear. That was rubbish. It looks like he's gone for glory but only succeeded in blasting it miles wide of the net.
Mascherano concedes a free-kick in a dangerous area. It's to the right of the area and Guardado is over it.
A super save from Perez has kept Mexico in the game. Di Maria hit it after waltzing into the area and the 'keeper gets a good strong hand on it.
Osorio makes another inexcusable mistake and gifts Argentina possession. Tevez crosses but Rodriguez gets his head to it before Higuain can reach it.
Comment from John Brewin at Soccer City: Osorio and Mexico let themselves down there. Very cool from Higuain but we know who the Mexican version of the Sun can blame. High Sunday farce.
Guardado tries to cut the deficit but Romero saves his long range effort. Mexico are fuming here and are getting petulant. Dos Santos kicks out at Otamendi.
GOAL Higuain scores! A nightmare for Osorio, who presented Higuain with the ball, he rounds Perez and finshes off. Is that Mexico finished off?
Straight from kick off Rafael Marquez was booked.
Well that was utterly ridiculous. Everyone in the ground now knows that goal was offside, including the ref and the players but even though he went for a chat with the linesman, Rosetti has allowed the goal to stand. FIFA's decision to ignore technology has come back to bite them today. Big time.
Comment from John Brewin at Soccer City: It seems the ref pulled back at the moment of truth/falsehood. FIFA need to remove reasonable doubt because this is getting ridiculous.
Replays are being shown in the ground that proves the goal was offside. The referee went for a chat with his linesman, and though the big screen was proving it should not have counted, he has allowed it. Bizarre. FIFA in the firing line again.
Hang on, the referee is now going over to the linesman for a chat. Something is going on, the Mexicans are going nuts and so are the Argentinians!
GOAL Tevez scores! An Argentine breakaway sees Messi slip Tevez through, the 'keeper saves but as Messi knocks it towards goal Tevez nods in.
Comment from John Brewin at Soccer City: Mexico not making it easy in any sense here. They are notoriously good starters and bad faders so let's see if that holds. Maradona is pacing nervously.
ESPN Stats & Info: Giovani dos Santos has had only seven touches so far, fewer than all but one of the Argentina players.
Both teams like to play their football but they revert back into very compact units when they don't have the ball.
The game is all about patient possession at the minute. Both sides have shown they are capable of bursting to life in the final third when given the chance.
Mexico goalkeeper Oscar Perez removes some paper streamers from the pitch
ESPN Stats & Info: Argentina are undefeated (penalty shootouts excluded) in nine World Cup games. Their longest ever spell without losing at the finals.
Mexico are very neat in possession .. until I had just finished typing that sentence when Torrado gives the ball away. Commentator's curse.
Javier Hernandez battles for possession with Gabriel Heinze
ESPN Stats & Info: Mexico have won just one of their 10 World Cup encounters against South American opposition, losing seven of these matches.
Lovely exchange between Dos Santos and Hernandez. The latter shoots wide but gets an earful from Bautista, who was square of him in space.
An Argentina corner offers Di Maria the chance to have a pop from 25 yards but he drags it wide.
Comment from John Brewin at Soccer City: Problems here for Argentina? Yet to get into their strolling style and two close-run things.
Messi jinks inside and ends up trying to chip Perez, even though the 'keeper was on his line! It didn't work.
Messi is crunched by Torrado and the referee wants a word. He says 'next time you'll get a card, fella' or something to that effect.
Now Guardado has smashed a shot inches wide of the post from the edge of the box! Great work from Mexico and we have a game on here.
Salcido hits the bar! The left back whacked one at goal from near the touchline and it beat Romero before cannoning back off the bar.
A lovely interchange between Messi and Tevez ends with the former shooting but Osorio git in the way of it.
A decent move from Mexico as Salcido crosses but Heinze mops up. There's some streamers on the tpich and the ref wants them removed. A very South American thing.
ESPN Stats & Info: Argentina have not lost a World Cup match in which they scored first since 1958 (61 matches).
Argentina enjoying the majority of possession so far but not finding their forward targets.
ESPN Stats & Info: Mexico have conceded inside the first ten minutes in three of their last four second round matches at the World Cup.
Marquez looks like he has been detailed to keep an eye on Barca team mate Leo Messi. Marquez launches a ball forward looking for Dos Santos but it is too strong.
Our referee is Roberto Rosetti from Italy. Let's hope he retains a lower profile than the Uruguayan official did in this afternoon's game between England and Germany.
Comment from John Brewin at Soccer City: An amazing rendition of the Argentine national anthem. Shades of 1978 with tickertape streamers on the pitch and some superb bouncing from the fans.
Four years ago in Germany, the game went into extra time but the teams were eventually separated by Maxi Rodriguez's superb extra-time strike. Revenge will be on their minds today no doubt.
Comment from John Brewin at Soccer City: The teams are imminent for the chance to face the Germans. Forget the talk of Uruguayan refs, there is football to be played at Soccer City.
ESPN Stats & Info: Argentina completed more passes in their last game against Greece than any other team in a World Cup game since 1966 (696).
As for Mexico Adolfo Bautista comes in for Guillermo Franco. Blanco also makes way, for Manchester United's Javier Hernandez. Hector Moreno is replaced by Efraín Juárez.
Team news first and Argentina make five changes from the side that beat Greece 2-0. Back come Heinze, Mascherano, Di Maria, Higuain and Tevez.
Evening all and welcome to today's second last 16 game as Argentina and Mexico clash at Soccer City in a repeat of their second round tie of four years ago.
Join us at 18030 GMT to see if Lionel Messi and company can seal their place in the quarter-finals as Argentina play Mexico.
Carried away? It's not like Diego Maradona to get carried away with the hype. Of course not.
Mexico coach Javier Aguirre with Diego Maradona.
Ángel Di María
Juan Sebastián Verón
Juan Sebastián Verón
Giovani Dos Santos