FIFA World Cup™ 2010: Preview - Argentina vs Mexico





ARG vs MEX

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™ - Round of 16
Date
Time
Venue
Referee
: 27 June 2010 (RSA)/28 June 2010 (IDN)
: 20:30 (RSA)/01:30 WIB (IDN) (live RCTI)
: Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg City, South Africa
: Roberto ROSETTI (ITA)

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On 24 June 2006, in Leipzig, Argentina and Mexico met in a pulsating Round of 16 encounter at that year's FIFA World Cup™. The South Americans went through with a 2-1 win, with the Mexicans' hopes of a quarter-final place dashed once again. Four years on, Javier Aguirre’s men are desperate for revenge and have the chance to test themselves against arguably the tournament’s form team. But will they be able to handle charismatic coach Diego Maradona and mercurial maestro Lionel Messi?

Argentina come into the last 16 on the crest of a wave, having swept all before them in Group B and ended up with three wins and nine points. Coach Maradona seems to have forged a sense of purpose and endeavour from a squad that had its difficulties in qualifying for South Africa 2010 and, with an in-form Lionel Messi in their ranks, they are hoping to book their place amongst the world’s top eight sides for the second FIFA World Cup in succession. El Diego will also enjoy the luxury of having a full-strength squad to choose from, free from injuries and suspensions.

For his part, Mexico boss Aguirre has already expressed his disquiet at having finished in second place in Group A, largely because his team has been inconsistent so far. A fine victory against 2006 runners-up France was the highpoint of El Tri’s group games, but it was sandwiched between a draw with hosts South Africa and a narrow defeat against Uruguay.

However revenge will be uppermost in Los Aztecas’ thoughts, not least because the current squad contains several survivors of that last, fateful meeting with Argentina including Rafael Marquez, who scored Mexico’s goal in Leipzig four years ago. The objective for Aguirre’s men is plain and simple: to get to that elusive “fifth game” at a FIFA World Cup finals tournament, and to book their place in the quarter-finals for the first time in 24 years.

History is on the side of Argentina; in fourteen matches against Mexico in the last 20 years, La Albiceleste have emerged victorious on seven occasions, with five draws and only two wins for El Tri.


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::: HEAD TO HEAD :::

Argentina
Mexico
25
11
10
4
37
24
Match Played
Wins
Draws
Losses
Goal For
Goal Against
25
4
10
11
24
37


FIFA World Cup™

DateHomeScoreAway
24/06/2006
19/07/1930
ARG
ARG
2-1 a.e.t (1-1, 1-1)
6-3 (3-1)
MEX
MEX

FIFA Confederations Cup

DateHomeScoreAway
26/06/2005 MEX
1-1 a.e.t 5-6 PSO
ARG

Continental Final

DateHomeScoreAway
11/07/2007
10/07/2004
04/07/1993
20/06/1993
MEX
ARG
ARG
ARG
0-3 (0-1)
0-1 (0-1)
2-1 (0-0)
1-1 (1-1)
ARG
MEX
MEX
MEX

Friendly

DateHomeScoreAway
04/06/2008
09/03/2005
04/02/2003
20/12/2000
09/06/1999
10/02/1999
13/03/1991
17/01/1990
17/11/1985
14/11/1985
25/10/1984
18/09/1984
06/02/1973
22/08/1967
28/03/1962
17/03/1960
10/03/1960
13/03/1956
MEX
ARG
MEX
MEX
MEX
ARG
ARG
MEX
MEX
MEX
ARG
MEX
MEX
MEX
ARG
MEX
MEX
MEX
1-4 (0-3)
1-1 (0-1)
0-1 (0-1)
0-2 (0-1)
2-2 (0-0)
1-0 (0-0)
0-0
2-0 (1-0)
1-1 (1-0)
1-1 (0-1)
1-1 (1-0)
1-1 (1-1)
2-0 (2-0)
2-1 (0-0)
1-0 (1-0)
0-2 (0-1)
2-3 (2-2)
0-0
ARG
MEX
ARG
ARG
ARG
MEX
MEX
ARG
ARG
ARG
MEX
ARG
ARG
ARG
MEX
ARG
ARG
ARG


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ALLIEV PACITAN's PREDICTION

36 : 33 : 31

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