Tevez at the double

• As Argentina see off Mexico• Argentina set up tie with Germany Yesterday’s results Germany  4-1 EnglandArgentina 3-1 Mexico Today’s fixtures Holland    vs Slovakia     4pmBrazil    vs Chile     8.30pm
Carlos Tevez was in imperious form as he scored a brace to give Argentina a 3-1 win over Mexico and a place in the quarter-finals of the 2010 Fifa World Cup
Carlos Tevez was in imperious form as he scored a brace to give Argentina a 3-1 win over Mexico and a place in the quarter-finals of the 2010 Fifa World Cup

• As Argentina see off Mexico
• Argentina set up tie with Germany

Yesterday’s results

Germany  4-1 England
Argentina 3-1 Mexico

Today’s fixtures

Holland    vs Slovakia     4pm
Brazil    vs Chile     8.30pm

Controversy reigned again at Soccer City as Carlos Tevez’s opener for Argentina against Mexico was yards offside. However, after Gonzalo Higuain’s second, no-one could argue with his rocket shot that put Argentina three up before Javier Hernandez hit back with his own stunner.

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.

Until Tevez’s opener Mexico had looked the better side in this clash between the Latin Americans who had fought out a terrific contest at the same stage of the 2006 finals.
That went to extra time but once again Javier Aguirre’s men showed themselves to be a classy but unfortunate outfit.

Two incidents within the opening 10 minutes had Argentinian hearts in mouths. First Carlos Salcido crashed in a thunderous drive from 30 yards that Sergio Romero just touched onto the crossbar, then an equally terrific strike by Andres Guardado whisked agonisingly past the post.

For Argentina, Messi, still looking for his first goal of the tournament, had two efforts from similar positions on the left of the area, but one was blocked and the other easily held by Oscar Perez. Messi should perhaps have passed to an unmarked team-mate - maybe that elusive goal was haunting him.

Messi’s increasingly desperate search for a goal continued as Perez denied him in injury time, but he will get another chance to end his drought against Germany in Cape Town on Saturday.

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