Argentina v Mexico: Open Thread

June 27, 2010 — by Sean46

Let’s hope today’s second match proves to be a little more balanced than that last display. Argentina are among the favorites to lift the Cup, though they looked a shambles in qualifying with Maradona continuing to sully his iconic reputation (because up ’til now he’s been the poster boy for responsible sanity).

Mexico have been impressive as well, and though they are sure to be outclassed in the midfield, they possess a dangerous attacking duo in Dos Santos and Vela, and Salcido in back has been great getting forward and creating chances from the wings.

Argentina are dripping with quality, with Messi the obvious standout. But they can score from anywhere on the pitch, and with strikers like Inter’s Milito on the bench (Tevez and get the starts up front, with Messi in an attacking midfield position just behind them), Maradona has an abundance of options should one not be firing on all cylinders today.

It’s an open thread again (we like to save the liveblog action for the workdays), so please make some noise with your comments!


  • amy

    June 27, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    classic maradona shot!! sums up his life perfectly! crazy man for sure!

  • milmayjoe

    June 27, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Way cool in a revolutionary way.

  • Suman

    June 27, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Yes, great find on the photo. I’m wearing my Barca t-shirt in honor/support of Messi..but maybe I should go upstairs and change into my Boca Jrs jersey??

  • Suman

    June 27, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    PS: we are headed to Sunset Park, I will attempt to post mobile from the heart of Mexican Brooklyn..

  • amy

    June 27, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    yes suman if you are going into heart of mexican bklyn you may want to change!

  • milmay joe

    June 27, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Way cool in a revolutionary sort of way

  • Ryan Reft

    June 27, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    this game promises to be epic … suman no bushwick – a burgeoning little mexico as well … i miss world cup soccer viewing in ny … is there any city that rivals it in this regard?

  • Suman

    June 27, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    @Ryan: Yeah I thought about suggesting Broadway under the el tracks, but Anj wanted to do a walk thru Prosp Park with Ashok..figure we’ll come out the south side and head over the to 5th Ave..

    PS: I have in fact changed into CABJ gear..Boca!

  • amy

    June 27, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    good change up suman! i’m thinking this will be the thing that carries mexico to the win! 😉

  • amy

    June 27, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    correction! lol argentina! but i’m still vying for the underdog, so i guess i was thinking mexico!

  • Sean

    June 27, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Here we go! Smith St is riled up. Everybody is supporting Mexico around my neighborhood.

  • Ryan Reft

    June 27, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    you know this has no bearing on the game what so ever, but is it me but maradona’s freakishly thick hair makes him look like an extra from the lion king …

  • Mike

    June 27, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Scorching pace . . . can they both keep this up?!

  • Sean

    June 27, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Wow this is amazing! Are they going to call this back? It was clearly an offside goal. They shouldn’t show replays in the stadium….

  • amy

    June 27, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    horrible injustice to mexico!!! an obvious offsides goal to argentina! and the AR had no idea what to call! he looked like he was on drugs or something!!! what the hell!!!!

  • Ryan Reft

    June 27, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    more headaches for fifa …

  • Ina

    June 27, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Seriously?? Very bad day for Fifa – hope there will be replay after this.

  • Sean

    June 27, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    That was sad. Come on Mexico!!!

  • amy

    June 27, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    ugghhh misplay by mexican defender lookin like one of my high school players!

  • hk

    June 27, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    maradona is so freaky…the camera shots of him post-goals kind of makes the fabulous-ness of arg harder to appreciate.

  • Ligocki

    June 27, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Whew . . . Argetina’s counter attack is blazing. This will create a double-bind for Mexico – do you play with slightly more caution or continue to attack with reckless abandon??

  • Ryan Reft

    June 27, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    mexico just needs to get into the locker room and regroup .. they’ve had good chances but have been a bit unraveled by the bad luck… i mean right now argentina is just stepping on their neck ..

  • Ryan Reft

    June 27, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    good last couple minutes by mexico …

  • Sean

    June 27, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Here’s bit on Maradona’s general freakiness, though it doesn’t talk about him going to Cuba for liposuction and recovery.

  • amy

    June 27, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    sean, and you know this bout maradona cuz you have too much time on your hands! haha!

  • Sean

    June 27, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    Suman is looking for a spot to watch on 5th ave in the 20s (Park Slope South). Anyone have any suggestions?

  • Ryan Reft

    June 27, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    oh my god that was a cracker …

  • Sean

    June 27, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    Wow Tevez. Wow.

  • Ligocki

    June 27, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Excellent shot – world class, top shelf, awesomeness. Nice work Tevez!!

  • Ligocki

    June 27, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    The Mexican drug cartels will not be pleased . . . uh-oh. Of course, this also means Maradonna may not ‘sleep with the fishes’ . . or oil, depending on location.

  • Sean

    June 27, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    At sixes and sevens? Hear this a lot during the Prem season, but thought I’d look it up…

    The phrase, to be at 6’s and 7’s implies that you are at a loss, or in a state of ineptitude where you cannot reliably take acton, can anyone shed light on where this comes from?

    The saying originates from a situation in 1327 and relates to the Guilds of Tradesmen in the City of London. The Merchant Taylors and the Skinners were founded within a few days of each other, five other Guilds having already received their charters. The age of each Guild dictated its position in the Lord Mayor’s procession. The Merchant Taylors and the Skinners argued for fifty years as to which should go sixth in the procession. In the end, Sir Robert Billesden, the current Lord Mayor, decreed that they should take it in turns to go sixth and seventh.
    The alternative explanation that the saying has something to do with throwing dice I find much less likely, and far less romantic.

  • amy

    June 27, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    yes tevez wow!!! only ligit goal for aregentina really!

  • Sean

    June 27, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Though may also be:

    the term derives from a complicated dice game called “hazard”.[3] It is thought that the expression was originally “to set on cinque and sice”(from the French numerals for five and six). These are the riskiest numbers to shoot for (to “set on”), and anyone who tried for them was considered careless or confused.

  • Simon

    June 27, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Hey sorry for chiming in late having dim sum in bay area (w/massive flat screens thankfully) mxico self destructed after that first horrible (in terms of officiating) goal. Why FIFA can’t have some sort of goal cam (to fix ENG) goal and replays on offsides on goals a la NFL challenge is beyond me. Argentina Germany will be epic!

  • Ryan Reft

    June 27, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    nicely done … now if they could only nick another …

  • Ligocki

    June 27, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    Whoah! Great individual effort and finish by Hernandez – and with emphasis. Mexico still has a pulse . . .

  • amy

    June 27, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    mexico had sooooo many chances! very unlucky! and showed much in the second half in terms of regroup and refocus…..shame because if that 1st goal was called back maybe the game would have been diff, but that’s football! maradona shows a passion for his team and his country that no other coach can convey! it carries over to his team, and that says a lot. a lot in which i think may just be the thing they need to carry them to a cup final….

  • Ryan Reft

    June 27, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    i think the bad call had an effect here, but argentina was also really really strong .. but the win was less convincing than germany’s … still like simon says … the germany -argentina game should be effin great

  • amy

    June 27, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    by the way, my fave shots of maradona on the sideline are of his left hand holding his beloved rosary beads!

  • Suman

    June 27, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    Thx @hk for the link, but couldn’t get it open while in Greenwood Cemetery..ended up at a Czech place on 5th @ 19th/20th for the last 10m. Think its called Korzo..nice spot. Just got a tall glass of Staropramen, will see the highlights now post-game

  • Suman

    June 27, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    Also, we caught the B63 right outside Korzo, which dropped us off at Atlantic & 4th Ave about 10min later. MTA FtW! Sean, shall we venture down to Korzo for some remaining match?

  • Tommy

    June 27, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Nice job coaching the Argies today Simon. Seriously, I can’t be the first with that observation, right?

    And very happy to see El Tri sent packing.

  • Suman

    June 27, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    Oh snap! Tommy, are you saying that if we should Simon a Boca jersey, a fat gold chain and a box of Cuban

  • Tommy

    June 28, 2010 at 7:24 AM

    You kidding Suman? As soon as Simon El Jefe leaves the lecture hall he hits the streets of Merced with a Che cap, fat gold cable and five-finger ring. He’s set.

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