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Maradona’s Argentina march on as they dismiss Greece

| 23.06.2010

Despite stubborn Greek resistance, Argentina sealed their place in the round of 16 with a 2-0 win.

Goals from Martin Demichelis and Martin Palermo gave Maradona’s men a deserved victory which eliminates Greece and means that South Korea join Argentina in the second round.

Lionel Messi, captain for the evening, was in sparkling form but a goal continues to elude him in South Africa. As was the case against Nigeria and South Korea, a combination of the woodwork and fine goalkeeping thwarted the Barcelona player’s efforts.

It seems inevitable, however, that the little master’s craft will eventually be rewarded with a goal. And when the first arrives, Argentina’s rivals will fear that the floodgates will have been opened.

Maradona will not be overly concerned by his talismanic forward’s relative drought, since the rest of the side have more than compensated with seven goals from their three group matches.

Argentina can now look forward to a last 16 meeting with Mexico, who they beat 2-1 at the same stage at the 2006 World Cup.

Maxi Rodriguez scored a stunning extra-time winner four years ago, and his beautifully struck volley will be fresh in the memory for both teams when they meet on Sunday June 27th.

Argentina are a convincing 1/2 to beat Mexico and march onto the quarter-finals, where they could meet Germany, the team that knocked them out four years ago. And with revenge on their minds for this potential clash, Argentina will be a team to fear.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.