International Sports

México loses, gets to second round

Scores/June 22

Grupo A

Uruguay 1, México 0

South Africa, France 1

Grupo B

Argentina 2, Greece 0

South Korea 2, Nigeria 2

Goal scorers

Luis Suárez (Paraguay)

Martín Demichelis (Argentina)

Martín Palermo (Argentina)

Kalu Uuche (Nigeria)

Yakubu Ayegbeni (Nigeria)

Lee Jung Soo (South Korea)

Park Chu Young (South Korea)

Match of the day

Despite loss, México qualifies for second-round match against Argentina

RUSTENBURG — Despite losing 1-0 to Uruguay, the Mexican national team has qualified for the round of 16 at the World Cup 2010 South Africa. Tuesday’s match underscored México’s failure to convert goal opportunities.

Luis Suárez scored the only goal at Royal Bafokeng Stadium before a crowd of more than 33,000 when he headed in an excellent cross at the 43rd minute of play.

México, which earned four points in Group A play, barely qualified because of a greater goal differential than South Africa, which ended its play with a 2-1 win over France.

México will next face Argentina on Saturday. Argentina knocked México out of the the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Mexican coach Javier Aguirre chose veteran Cuauhtémoc Blanco to start for the injured Carlos Vela and Andrés Guardado to take the place of the suspended Efraín Juárez.

Quote

“The team was a bit tense when they took the field today. I don’t know why, but we have to work on that. We weren’t looking for the draw, we were trying to win the game. But then they scored and we couldn’t quite get ourselves going. I think that overall, Uruguay deserved to win the game.”Javier Aguirre, México coach

Wednesday’s matches/June 23

Group C

United States vs. Algeria, 7 a.m.

England vs. Slovenia, 7 a.m.

Group D

Ghana vs. Germany, 11:30 a.m.

Australia vs. Serbia, 11:30 a.m.

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