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World Cup Daily Recap: Refs questioned as Mexico and England knocked out

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Questionable referee decisions will make the headlines, but the real story of Day 17 of the World Cup was the continued dominance of a pair of traditional soccer powers who will now meet for a date in the semifinals on the line.

Much like their CONCACAF brethren north of the border, Mexico's World Cup hopes were ended for a second consecutive tournament the same nation as Argentina defeated El Tri, 3-1 thanks to a pair of goals by Carlos Tevez. 

Argentina opened the scoring in the 26th Minute when after a goal scramble, Lionel Messi played a ball into Tevez who looked three yards offside. Behind the defense, El Apache was able to place the ball into the back of the net. The Mexican team angrily approached referee Roberto Rossetti who conferred with his assistants, but eventually decided that the goal would stand. With the Argentines taking the lead in a suspect manner, Mexico seemed to unravel and it was down hill from there for El Tri.

Argentina would be able to pick up on the mental break down of the Mexicans and quickly added a second goal in the 31st minute when Gonzalo Higuain capitalized on a Ricardo Osorio error. Osorio fired a weak pass that Argentine cut off and easily placed it in the back of Oscar Perez's net. The South Americans put the game away for good when Carlos Tevez fired an absolutely marvelous shot from 25 yards out into the top corner of the Mexican net to make the score 3-0.

Chicharito Hernandez would score his second goal of the tournament in the 70th minute, but it wasn't enough for El Tri as Argentina advanced to the Quarterfinals.

Here are the highlights:

Muller stars as Germany defeats England 4-1 amid ref controversy

A referee's decision will be talked about for years in England, but it was the play of young Thomas Muller that helped give Germany a convincing 4-1 victory over England and a spot in the Quarterfinals.

The 20-year-old forward scored a pair of goals in the second half to go with a goals by Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski. The Germans dominated the match, but for a 59 second span their was hope for England. 

A Matthew Upson header off a Steven Gerrard free kick in the 37th minute gave the English hope after spotting Germany a pair of goals to begin the match. Only a few seconds later, the English appeared to equalize when Frank Lampard fired in a shot that appeared to bounce inside the net of German Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. The German 'keeper quickly played the ball down field and referee Jorge Larrionda signaled play on. 

With Lampard's goal disallowed, boos from scores of England fans rained down on the field at the half. England came out of the locker room lethargic while the Germans pressured a flat English defense. With the English rattled, it was Muller's time to shine as the young striker would quickly put the game away. 

Off an errant English free kick, the Germans led a counter down the length of the field with Muller being the recipient of the goal. It was a moment of brilliance for the fourth goal when Mesut Ozil marched down the field and played it across the goal mouth to Muller who smashed in his second goal of the match. 

The loss was England's worst in World Cup competition. 

Here are the highlights:

Comments

  1. mexico is classless, they always end up with the same bad attitude towards the winning team, in this case argentina, they are not even close to be a powerhouse, they are more like a joke, im happy they are out of the tournament,

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  2. Manuel, don’t you think that Aguirre picked the players that gave Mexico the best chance to win? I agree that young players could become the golden generation for Mexican soccer, but Mexico will also miss some of its older players, when they retire. As for the US, they have a plenty of the young talent. Altidore is 20, Bradley is 22, Torres, who is a starter for Pachuca, is 22, Holden and Edu are 24, Guzan is 25. With exception of Guzan (a goalkeeper), they all played in this WC and will be in their prime for the next WC or two. There is also a host of players who did not make this team, but have talent: Bedoya is 23, Rogers is 23, Agbossoumonde is 19, Agudelo is 17, Bill Hamid, who has been described as a future successor to Howard, is 19, Opara is 21. I probably missed a dozen more. Teams do not win simply by having the best young talent, but they win by having a good mixture of youth, talent and experience. Italy, for example, won the last world cup with an older, more experienced squad.

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  3. Killer instinct, I agree with you. We somehow managed to make soccer unaffordable to many kids from poor neighborhoods/families. I think Klinsmann recently spoke along the same lines.

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  4. Well, the overated mexican team lost, no surprise there. The problem with some of the Mexican media and fans is that they really think that they are a powerhouse with world class players. Any true futbol fan knows that is not the case. Bad refs and bad calls don’t mean squad when you are lossing 3-0 at the very end. Get over it and move on. Why aren’t the media talking about what chocking bench warming OSORIO’s did to allow that second goal. TV AZTECA,Home Depot,Allstate,etc.. do a great job in manipulating the mex fans.:)

    Medeocre players like the Mexican ones is why they fail. Bench warming Gio,Juarez,Hernandez,salcido, are the only players to really stick out in this cup. Although Gio dissapeared in the Argentina game.

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  5. I haven’t read all the other posts re: replay and refs mistakes, so forgive me if someone brought this up already. I seem to remember than when Zidane head butted the Italian in the last World Cup final, the assistant referee and the referee conferred about it while the replay was being shown on the screen at the stadium, they watched the replay, and THEN they carded Zidane. If that’s accurate, then it’s just another load of crap that FIFA won’t use technology to help the refs with close or mistaken calls,, and an even bigger pile of crap that they will no longer allow replays on the big screen in stadiums. Stupid is as stupid does.

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  6. I thought it was funny how similar the 1st German goal was (against England) to the second Ghana goal (against the US). After the USA-Ghana game I was thinking “now we know why Boca and Demerit aren’t playing for top-level teams”. Then Terry and Upson make almost the same mistake.

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  7. you are probably right. I missed England when i read your post. My point is Ireland, Mexico and the USA aren’t worthy enough for FIFA.

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  8. Jalisco. During training. In a corner by a bush. The restrooms/lockers were locked (with good reason, probably). It’s not like he took a leak on a the dedication plaque.

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  9. England is on IFAB. That matters more than anything. They can probably convince the other two of the other three FAs to just freeze that body until FIFA does something about the technical assistance issue.

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  10. Why are some people obsessed here with how “classy” a team is? The USNT is without any doubt one of the teams with most class, but in general American society isn’t. All you have to do is look at all the other most popular sports. Didn’t Donovan pee in some Mexican stadium. How classy is that?

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  11. Martha you are clearly the most anti-Mexico around here. Funny thing is Mexico is all you write about. You must have some serious problems.

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  12. we have a winner. isn’t arsenal that @ times they don’t even field ANY english players in certain games?. it makes a huge difference.

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  13. Except Spain won Euro ’08, a tournament for which England failed to qualify.

    The real difference is that Spain has a legitimate chance this year, provided they find a way to unlock compact defenses like Switzerland’s. England just wasn’t that good. Barry wasn’t fit, and the backline was poor (Upson was third-choice at his position after Ferdinand and King, and he was to blame for Germany’s first goal), and Capello was overrated.

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  14. CILI,

    Please read what I wrote here and you have your answer.

    We get better with a better league and better coaching. Obviously there is more to it than that, but go to a park on any given day and watch how our youth trains. Run, run and more running… no free flowing one touch or two touch passing drills. We need 70 percent technique training and what we have now is 70 percent fitness.

    Just my two cents.

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  15. Thank you jim,

    You hit the nail on the head. I’ve posted this on other threads, but the EPL is full of foreign stars who help prop up the leading English players. Is Lampard really that good without Drogba or the players around him? Obviously not when you see him play for England.

    The best young English talent rides the pine or doesn’t get invited to the big show.

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  16. With people like you here it can’t help but be embarrassing. Now, why don’t you change your name for the 100th time and post another brilliant response? Might I suggest Anita Brain?

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  17. I live in New York and when you go to Brooklyn or Queens you will see hundreds of kids dribbling the ball in the streets or at the courts. Most of those kids won’t play basketball competitively after high school. If we got a few of those kids you know the athletic PG types who lack the height to go far in basketball have a ball at their feet all in cities across the country look out.

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  18. you either say the obvious or nonsense, aristotle. OR you get into a griping match with someone and make me embarrassed to read this blog.

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  19. The US exchanged jersey with Slovakia after they were robbed of a goal. An your argument shows the Mexican teams mentality and is the proof that it is classless

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  20. OK I can see if you want to say they have a heated rivalry Argentina didnt approach them blah blah…

    1. But they also have this policy with the US, Uruguay, Guatamala, El Salvador Costa Rica etc.

    2.The losers are suppossed to go offer their hand first or else the winners would be gloating. Hence Mexico always shakes hads when they beat the US never when they lose.

    The fact is you would think that being a superpower everyone in the region would hate the USMNT.This isnt the case, Mexico is not a superpower politically or in futbol yet these countries despise Mex more than the US….

    But im sure all those coutries are wrong and Mex is right.

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  21. Germany is better because the league isnt filled with foreign players. Take a good look at the EPL there best players and highest paid are the foreign one’s and that going to be englands problem in 2014 also. The USA will continue to improve because the quality keeps getting better and the superdraft has more depth every year

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  22. chill,

    Get a clue, will you?

    First, read the post again. Every soccer fan in the world knows we rely heavily on athleticism. I said we need to change our focus so we don’t rely so much on things like athleticism, not have more!

    Second, my comment has nothing to do with us needing MORE young people playing soccer. We have plenty. EVERYONE knows that too. The problem is that the vast majority of them switch to other sports as they get to high school because of peer pressure and other reasons. A lot don’t love the sport and will not stick with it if they are going to be ridiculed.

    Third, needing the “same caliber of professional soccer infrastructure” is covered by my comment about needing access to quality coaching and competition. Isn’t that what an academy provides?

    Finally, strikers need to score. They can play well and that’s great, but they are strikers and need to score. This crap about Jozy and Clint are great so they don’t need to score is ridiculous. If Jozy isn’t going to score, make him a midfielder. The single biggest reason we are not still playing in the world cup is because we have strikers who do other things, but they don’t score. It’s the world cup. You need to do both!

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  23. “Mexico’s World Cup hopes were ended for a second consecutive tournament the same nation as Argentina defeated El Tri”

    between this and the previous headline, I’m thinkin that Ives is outsourcing his work to people who can’t write proper English…

    “the English appeared to equalize when Frank Lampard fired in a shot that appeared to bounce inside the net of German Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.”

    APPEARED… are you fecking serious??? either your just as blind or corrupt as the ref… or a total idiot…

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  24. I argue that Aguirre did a bad job. Worst than Capello. Why have Blanco, Franco, and Bautista play on this team?
    Javier Chicharito Hernandez scored two gols in less than 60 minutes of playing time. He should have started in every game. Bautista didn’t belong on that team. Why leave Guardado on the bench for long stretches of time? Mexico clearly has good players that keep under achieving. The USMNT has mediocre players that keep over achieving. Mexico should hire Bob Bradley.

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  25. i would argue that the problem with US soccer is not at the youth stages. my what i know, americans do very well when they go on european tours/play european teams at big tournaments in america up until the age of about 14 maybe.

    therefore to me, the problem isnt the youth training, its the next level training, starting at age 16 and up. there we dont have a quality structure, quality coaches, and incentive for players to stick with soccer and not go on to other sports. several of the best soccer players in VA when i was playing went on to play basketball and football in college even with big D1 offers for soccer waiting.

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  26. I agree with alot of your post, but in addition to foreign coaches, this sport needs to be introduced to the inner city youth. So far it is considered a suburb-middle class sport where kids join a league to learn the sport. In basketball or american football, for example, most basketball players come from a lower income society. It is a sport played in the streets. Their goal is to become a professional. Street Soccer is played around the world just for fun and introduce their street knowledge on the pitch if playing in academies in a more refined polished manner…in other word you either have the gift or you don’t. Here kids play soccer to get a scholarship, not to get out of the barrios or hoods.

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  27. Maradona and the Argentina coaching staff looked really slick in those fancy suits, but I still wouldn’t buy a used car from any of them.

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  28. Larrionda? Again? How many games does this nitwit get to blow? FIFA’s policy: the more incompetent and corrupt you are, the more games you get to officiate.

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  29. Is it possible that Argentina and Mexico could have both lost this game? Despite being undoubtedly good, I can’t stand either team. Also, can’t stand Uruguay, bunch of cheap shot and con artists. Take a stopwatch and keep track of the amount of time wasting employed by both Uruguay and Ghana in their next game. The ball might actually be in play less than 60 min out of 90 while both teams roll on the floor.

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  30. but this is the cruel sport of soccer. you only score when the other team makes mistakes (with some rare exceptions). i absolutely cannot stand argentina but maradona has these guys playing well, capitalizing on almost every opportunity, and overcoming the fact that messi has done nothing for 4 matches.

    germany and argentina (and yesterday, ghana) finish chances and for the most part haven’t made mistakes. US, england, and mexico have. we’re out, they’re through because of this frustrating nature of soccer

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  31. the officiating was pretty bad today. if the US were playing in any of those games, i’d have been furious. the english goal especially was not even near close enough to be controversial, and can’t understand how that would not have been given. they could have looked at how the goalkeeper responded and just given the goal based on that.

    the argentina goal, i can see a little more how the linesman could have made a mistake, but that was pretty poor as well, as he was off by what looked like 2 yards. goal-line technology is a must… not sure how you’d handle offsides, though.

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  32. I think individual leagues can implement video replay or goal technology ahead of FIFA. In Mexico I liked when they started marking lines during set plays. Most arguments stopped and all those guy shuffling forward stopped too. Also players not cough taking a dive during a game would eventually get a call with a fine and suspension. What happened? On average goals on set plays went up. Dives stopped. Bottom line is that individual leagues can help FIFA adopt rules and practices to enhance fair play and fair officiating.

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  33. i haven’t yet read the responses to this comment, but this is foolishness.

    first, we already have the most players playing this game, and many of us, including most of us on this blog, played the game for the love from a young age. the main difference between us and our european peers is that we played as amateurs from a young age, while our european peers are playing in professional academies. your comment on athleticism is misplaced as we already have that in abundance. our system is just set up differently because we do not have the same caliber of professional soccer infrastructure.

    second, i think this team showed that we have improved greatly as far as offense is concerned. altidore made several dangerous runs at england, slovenia, and algeria (including the cross that led to donovan’s goal), and dempsey repeatedly challenges defenders (including the nutmeg and run leading to the pk against ghana).

    it’s one thing to say we’re not on the world’s level yet… it’s another altogether to not understand or ascertain the tremendous changes that are taking place in us soccer.

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  34. US players need to get off the pitch at Azteca to avoid being pelted with piss-missiles.

    You’re boys got hosed today. Absolutely hosed. Please don’t make me regret having felt sympathetic for them.

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  35. I will probably get flamed for mentioning American football, but for the same amount of players on the smaller field for the NFL ( best run league in all of sports in my opinion ) they have 6 or 7 refs.

    Even the NBA ( worst run league ) has 3 refs for 5 players on a team.

    Why does FIFA keep up with this rediculousness ? FIFA is deminishing the greatest game by them running it. They should have at a minimum 5 refs on the field. This article doesn’t even mention the dives that have influenced/decided games, which cannot possibly be called correct by one ref.

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  36. I would just like to add that Argentina first real test came today. And for all the talk about how they’re going to be Champions of the World, same as every four years since 1986, El Clarin which is the most important Argentinian newspaper, and the Sports bible for them, clearly staes that apart from Tevez golazo, the other two were gifts, and that Mexico dominated long stretches of the match which should serve as notice for Maradona to tighten the screws. So even the king of Argentinian newspapers DID NOT think that Argentina was superb and that Mexico was crap as some here would like to think!

    http://www.clarin.com/

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