[Predictions are down here]
Well, that was a *proper* game of football, wasn't it?
Two sides going at each other hell-for-leather for the chance of a place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
According to the slightly absurd FIFA world rankings, Mexico are the 4th best team in the world (Argentina are placed 9th). I don't know if they were that good, but they certainly made the team who must be favourites for the World Cup work hard for their victory.
What a goal to win it though, eh? An absolute screamer in extra time by Maxi Rodriguez. I'm sure that Mexico will be disappointed to lose, but I don't think their can be much argument with the quality of the goal that put them out of the tournament.
This now sets up a very intriguing quarter-final tie between Germany and Argentina. I know they only beat a fairly ordinary Sweden side (the fact that England struggled against them doesn't mean they are world-beaters), but Germany are starting to build up a head of steam in this competition, and I think that, in spite of a lack of genuine quality, they might take some stopping.
I'm not saying that Germany will beat Argentina... it's just that I have a funny feeling that Argentina aren't going to win this tournament. I'm not sure why I think this as they've clearly been the best team on display up until now, but I really don't think they're going to win. Their struggle to overcome Mexico has only reinforced this belief.
Mind you, on the evidence so far, I don't think that teams like France, Brazil or England are going to win it either.