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The Cup Running Over


June 27, 2010 4:22 PM

Instant Round of 16 Review: Offside of God Goal Leads to Argentina Rout of Mexico

SCORE: Argentina 2 3, Mexico 1

TURNING POINT: Maybe we should start creating a separate category for "refereeing turning points," since they seem to be coming virtually every game. But, as we had feared, Mexico became completely unraveled when Argentina scored ("the offside of God" goal that should have been disallowed) and spent much of the rest of the half fouling Argentineans, while conceding another score and effectively conceding the game too. The second half wasn't that much better, with the last 35 minutes essentially garbage time and Argentina sleepwalking to victory.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: We don't want to give the award to yet another game-changing ref, so Carlos Tevez gets it for his wonder-goal. (He also got credit for another but the ref didn't see the offside and  . . . .)

BIGGEST SURPRISE: The Mexican defensive game plan seemed to be to foul everything in white and blue. Unlikely to work, especially with a team that used to play that way itself and so knows how to combat it.

BIGGEST NO-SHOW: Mexican defender Richard Osario made a big-time first-half mistake and Argentina made him pay, though to be honest, the rest of the Mexican defense wasn't much better in the 55 minutes Argentina took the proceedings seriously. A real collapse job after the initial strike. Also, was it just us or did Gio Dos Santos disappear for large parts of the game?

IF THE GAME WERE A ROLLING STONES SONG IT WOULD BE: Rough Justice

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