Maradona’s Team Advance to Next Round
Diego Maradona saw his side overcome a stubborn Mexico with the typical controversy, skill and luck that seems to follow the Argentinean legend. Whether he is a useless manager or a misunderstood genius remains to be certified, what is clear is that his squad has the attacking quality to progress to the latter stages of the World Cup. The final score was 3-1.
Argentina face Germany in the quarter finals after the European powerhouse disposed of a sorry looking England in a 4-1 victory
There was argument over Carlos Tevez’s opener; replays showed he scored from an offside position. The replay was shown on the stadium’s big screen the Mexican squad confronted the linesman. After several tense moments and conflicting signals from the referee, the goal was given and at half time there was a confrontation between the Manchester City striker and several Mexican players.
In a bizarre showing of that with age comes maturity, Maradona was the one calming the disgruntled players down rather than scissor kicking people like he did in his youth.
Tevez made up for his controversial goal with a stunning strike in the 52nd minute, showing that his side has the quality to break down even the most stubborn defence.
Mexico had not been troubled by the Argentinean strikers, but the opening goal seemed to shake them to the core.
Mexican Coach Javier Aguirre blamed Tevez’s header for his team’s loss.
"We got disorientated by the first goal, we lacked the mental strength and concentration to overcome the error that wasn't our own, and then we committed the second one," said Aguirre.
"I told the boys, heads up, stand proud and tall, be calm and cool, everyone is human. Referees have to make spit-second decisions and they can spoil everything, it happens."
Tevez’s side go into their quarter-final match with Germany as favourites, with Party Bets offering odds of 13/10. Bet365 are offering odds of 12/5 on a German win while Sky Bet are offering 9/4.