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TWO goals by Carlos Tevez – one hugely-controversial and the other a wonderful strike – sent Argentina through to the quarter-finals against a spirited Mexico side.
MEXICO will get the chance to erase a four-year-old grudge against Argentina tomorrow.
FORMER Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Goycochea has pointed to the time spent together by Diego Maradona's side in recent weeks as the main reason for the dramatic change in fortune for the nation.
OSCAR Tabarez expects his Uruguay side to be tough opponents for whoever they may meet in the next round of the World Cup after sealing their passage with a 1-0 victory over Mexico.
A first-half goal from Luis Suarez was enough to help Uruguay secure top spot in Group A and progress into the last 16 of the World Cup after a close victory over Mexico, who also qualified.
MEXICO coach Javier Aguirre has stressed the importance of winning tonight's Group A match against Uruguay and insists his side will not settle for a draw that would take both teams through.
FRANCE winger Florent Malouda admits his side's defeat to Mexico in Group A last night was "shameful", while defender Patrice Evra reacted to the loss by saying he feels France has become "a small football nation, and it hurts".
Argentina look to extend their winning run at the World Cup, Nigeria hope to bounce back against Greece, while struggling France face Mexico in the evening match.
NEW Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez enhanced his burgeoning reputation with the opening goal as Mexico took a significant step towards qualification from Group A and hastened France's early exit at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
AARON MOKOENA is relieved to have got South Africa's opening match of the World Cup out of the way, insisting the result against Mexico must not be underestimated.
RAFAEL Marquez denied hosts South Africa a dream start to the World Cup with his goal 11 minutes from time earning Mexico a deserved draw at Soccer City.
RAFAEL MARQUEZ denied hosts South Africa a dream start to the World Cup with his goal 11 minutes from time earning Mexico a deserved draw at Soccer City.
SOUTH AFRICA captain Aaron Mokoena is adamant his side will be nerveless when they open the World Cup in Johannesburg later today.
CARLOS Alberto Parreira has warned his South Africa side of the threat posed by what he describes as "the most daring team" at the World Cup ahead of their showdown with Mexico at Soccer City today.
GOALS from Carlos Vela and second-half substitute Alberto Medina helped Mexico consign world champions Italy to a 2-1 friendly defeat in Brussels.
Date: 22 June, 2010
Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
France v Mexico
Kick off: 19:30
Date: 17 June, 2010
Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane
Kick off: 3pm (GMT)
Date: 11 JUNE 2010
Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg