Argy bargy for Mex­ico

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

Ar­gentinA.................................. 3 Mex­ico ........................................ 1 Two goals by Car­los Tevez - one hugely-con­tro­ver­sial and the other a won­der­ful strike - sent Ar­gentina through to the quar­ter-fi­nals against a spir­ited Mex­ico side.

On a day to for­get for match of­fi­cials, the Manch­ester City striker ben­e­fited from an off­side de­ci­sion blun­der that was so bla­tant it ranked along­side the one that de­nied Frank Lam­pard in the Eng­land game four hours pre­vi­ously.

The off­side rule states there should be two play­ers be­tween the striker and the goal - there was not even one when Lionel Messi’s ball found Tevez’s head, and then the net to put Diego Maradona’s side in front.

Af­ter the re­play flashed up on the big screen an­gry Mex­ico play­ers sur­rounded the Ital­ian ref­eree Roberto Rosetti and lines­man Stefano Ay­roldi but the goal stood.

Mex­ico went into melt­down and a de­fen­sive howler by Ri­cardo Oso­rio al­lowed Gon­zalo Higuain to make it 2-0.

It was Tevez who sewed the match up in bril­liant fashion - and le­git­i­mately this time - early in the sec­ond half with Mex­ico left only to savour a stun­ning re­ply by Manch­ester United’s new sign­ing Javier Her­nan­dez.

DoU­BLE DE­LIGHT: Car­los Tevez scored twice for Ar­gentina last night . . . much to the de­light of his man­ager Diego Maradona (left).

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