Argentina 2, Mexico 1
Posted by ssbg on June 25, 2006
Oswaldo Sanchez is left flailing in the Mexico goal as Rodriguez's shot books Argentina a quarter-final spot
A wonder strike in extra-time from Maxi Rodriguez gave Argentina victory in a pulsating end-to-end encounter.
Mexico took a surprise lead after five minutes when Rafael Marquez got on the end of a Mario Mendez free-kick.
Argentina replied five minutes later when a corner was forced home by a combination of Hernan Crespo's foot and Jared Borgetti's head.
Rodriguez set up a quarter-final with Germany when he chested Juan Sorin's pass and stunningly volleyed home.
The pre-match script had Argentina stroll written all over it.
Jose Pekerman's team were the outstanding side in the tournament's opening stage, while Mexico were far from convincing in progressing from a weak group.
But Mexico showed they were not in Leipzig to make up the numbers from the kick-off as they threatened to cause the 2006 World Cup's first major upset.