Sunday, June 27, 2010
Road to the 3rd World Cup : Argentina 3 - Mexico 1
Without a doubt it wasn't Argentina's best performance in this World Cup. Mexico played a good game tactically, controlling the midfield while the game was 0-0, but to do this they had to attack with less people and their best chances during the first 20 minutes came mostly from very long shots.
When the game was pretty even and Argentina was starting to get the ball more, the 1-0 came through a very clear offside play, and from there the game changed.
Mexico was very nervous, they committed a terrible mistake that cost them the second goal and the 3-0 a few minutes into the 2nd half finished them.
There are a couple of positive things to take from this game. First of all that the team was able to win and score 3 goals even when they were not playing as good as in previous games.
Second, some very good individual performances like Tevez, Otamendi, Higuain.
Third, the team has no suspended or injured players (besides Walter Samuel who could be back next Saturday) going into the quarterfinals.
Next is a VERY tough game against a Germany, a team that is a high level, with young players. A Germany different to previous years, playing what i would describe like a "Southamerican style", fast on counters, with skilled players and a lethal offense.
Maradona will have a week of hard work ahead... but probably Germans are worried as well on how to stop Argentina, right ? ;)
Four wins...3 to go ?