International Sports

World Cup 2010/Day 17

Scores/June 27

Germany 4, England 1

Argentina 3, México 1

Goal scorers

Miroslav Klose (Germany)

Lukas Podolski (Germany)

Thomas Mueller, 2 (Germany)

Matt Upson (England)

Carlos Tevez, 2 (Argentina)

Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina)

Javier Hernández (México)

Match of the day

Argentina ends México’s dreams in 3-1 win

JOHANNESBURG — The Mexican national team’s World Cup dreams ended in the round of 16 after losing 3-1 against Argentina, which remains one of this year’s favorites.

Argentine star forward Leonel Messi was carefully marked, allowing Carlos Tevez to become the player of the night by scoring in the 26th and 52nd minutes of play. Gonzalo Higuián added a third goal (min. 33). México’s Javier Hernández scored in the 71st minute.

The game was played in front of a crowd of 84,377 at Soccer City Stadium, where Argentina will next face Germany in a quarterfinal match.

México coach Javier Aguirre surprised many with his starting lineup, giving Adolfo Bautista, Javier Hernández and Andrés Guardado the start, while sitting out Guillermo Franco and defender Héctor Moreno.

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“We raised the match to the level of the conditions. México was superior in the first few minutes, had a pair of scoring chances, but gave up a goal. The team tried to recompose itself and gave up the second goal. Two errors dramatically changed the course of the game. The importnat thing is the dignity with which the team played with, the desire to strike back, the intention of getting back into the game, and we came close to getting to 3-2. There is nothing else to say, we must keep working. Today there is a great generation of very good players that we should take advantage of so that we can return to the World Cup in four years.”- Javier Aguirre, México coach

Monday’s games/June 28

Netherlands vs. Slovakia, 7 a.m.

Brazil vs. Chile, 11:30 a.m.

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