Mexico will ‘play to the death’
JOHANNESBURG — Mexico will be looking to avenge their defeat at the 2006 World Cup finals whentheytake on two-time winners Argentina tomorrow for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals.
Four years ago in Germany, the teams met at the same Round of 16 stage and a stunning extra time goal by Maxi Rodriguez sealed a 1-0 win for Argentina, who later went out to hosts Germany in the quarter-finals.
Argentina and Mexico meet again at Soccer City tomorrow and Mexican midfielder Gerardo Torrado insists his team will “play to the death” to beat their illustrious opponents, coached by Diego Maradona.
In previous encounters, Argentina have 11 wins compared to Mexico’s four with 10 games drawn and Javier Aguirre’s Mexico side will need to pull something special from the bag to create an upset.
Argentina struggled with an unconvincing qualification campaign for this World Cup, but, since their arrival in South Africa, have looked impressive with three wins in Group B placing them as title favourites.
But the 31-year-old Mexican captain Torrado says his side will set out to claim the prized scalp of Maradona’s side. “We have an encounter ahead which we have to endure, but we will play to the death to win it,” he said on FIFA.com.
Mexico are hopeful 21year-old Arsenal striker Carlos Vela will be fit for the match as he returns to training after a hamstring injury, having missed the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay in their last Group A game.
Argentina’s attacking prowess is without question, especially in Gonzalo Higuain, who scored a hat-trick against South Korea, but they are more susceptible at the back.
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