Post by Suresh Iyer
These South American groups will clash for a location in the World Cup quarter-last, at the Soccer Town Stadium in Jo’burg on Sunday.
Coincidentally, Argentina and Mexico also played each and every other in a pre-quarter-last sport in 2006. Argentina prevailed two-1, on that event, in a match that went into added time, after a 1-one stalemate at the finish of 90 minutes.
Most huge groups have arrive to grief at some time or other, in this Planet Cup. Argentina have been an exception. Starting with a difficult one- win more than Nigeria, they went on to demolish South Korea, four-one, with a hattrick by their striker, Higuain. Their previous group match towards Greece ended 2-, offering coach Maradona’s group a clear slate in group B.
In Higuain, Diego Milito, Carlos Tevez, Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero, Argentina have an embarrassment of riches in their arsenal, a clue to Maradona’s penchant for an all-out attacking game strategy. How their defence will stand up to a stronger attack than Argentina have confronted in their group matches is a issue uppermost in everyone’s brain. There is also no evidence as to whether or not Maradona has a program B. Such proof was equally absent in the qualification matches when Argentina struggled versus most teams including Peru.
Mexico started off their World Cup with a match in opposition to underneath-rated hosts South Africa. They have been fortunate to draw the match 1-1 versus an inspired host crew that appreciated raucous crowd support. Mexico came into their own when they shocked France, two-, in their subsequent group match. With 4 factors in the bank, Mexico competent for the round of 16, regardless of heading down one-, in their last match against Uruguay.
Carlos Vela and Giovani Dos Santos have lived upto to their coach Javier Aguierre’s expectations, although Cuauhtémoc Blanco adds the expertise quotient to a team that has shown flexibility and fludiity in equal measure on the subject.
Maradona has ordained Messi as his successor, as arguably the finest player in the planet. Messi has had a phenomenal influence in this Earth Cup already, despite the fact that he hasn’t scored a aim off his individual boot yet. The Mexican defenders ought to wonder how they can offer with this unstoppable player. Higuain owes his hattrick versus South Korea in big aspect to Messi’s wizardy. Argentina’sfuture tenancy at this World Cup is inextricably linked with Messi’s functionality.
Mexico’s Giovani Dos Santos has grown in stature in South Africa. His team owe their shock win over France to Dos Santos. Possibly of Argentina’s defenders, Gabriel heinze or Jonas Gutierez is going to be older and wiser right after his encounter with this youthful player, depending on regardless of whether Mexico coach Aguirre makes use of him on the left wing or the appropriate.
For Argentina, Clemente Rodriguez might discover himself in the starting up eleven following his showing against Greece. Mascherano and Veron will offer midfield safety to the back again four. Angel Di Maria is most likely to get a favorite flanking position. Higuain can assume attacking assist from Tevez and Messi.
An impressive top quality of the Mexico squad at this Earth Cup has been the capacity to soak up pressure in defence, and the capacity to alter gear when an attack chance presents itself.
Rafael Marquez will be in midfield with the back again in his rear. Juarez and Torrado will feed passes to the flanks. Vela, who missed the previous match owing to a niggling harm, is most likely to change Blanco in the spearhead to give defender Walter Samuel a run for his getting older cash.
Argentina’s booming cannons in front ought to support them prevail in a match that guarantees to be open, challenging fought and thrilling.
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