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Mexico: Ochoa, Montes, Araujo, Moreno, Alvarez, Herrera, Guardado, Chavez, Gallardo, Lozano, Vega. Subs: Talavera, Alvarez, Vasquez, Arteaga, Romo, Rodriguez, Jimenez, Funes Mori, Cota, Gutierrez, Pineda, Sanchez, Martin, Antuna, Alvarado
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Argentina: E. Martinez, Montiel, Otamendi, Lisandro Martinez, Acuna, De Paul, Rodriguez, Di Maria, Messi, Mac Allister, Lautaro Martinez. Subs: Armani, Foyth, Tagliafico, Paredes, Pezzella, Alvarez, Rulli, Romero, Palacios, Correa, Almada, Gomez, Dybala, Fernandez, Molina
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Hello and welcome to our coverage of this FIFA World Cup Group C clash between Argentina and Mexico. It's a vital game for Lionel Messi's Albiceleste as they will be eliminated from the tournament if they lose today.
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Italy's Daniele Orsato is the referee tonight.
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Off we go! The match is underway. The stadium is absolutely rocking, as one would expect given the circumstances and the quality of players on show.
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Argentina have come out of the blocks fired up, with Mexico remaining compact in the early minutes.
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Mexico are growing into the game and giving as good as they've got. Lozano draws a foul. This looks like it's going to be a feisty encounter.
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There hasn't been much for either goalkeeper to do in the opening minutes even though the challenges have been flying.
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Guardado collides with Lautaro Martinez and the decision from Daniele Orsato goes Mexico's way, much to the chagrin of the Inter Milan striker.
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Guardado goes short from a Mexico free-kick and they work the cross in eventually, but Emiliano Martinez is alert to the danger and holds on.
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Araujo picks up a yellow card for a reckless challenge on Acuna.
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Mexico attack down the right and Alvarez looks to get the cross in, but it goes behind for a goal-kick.
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Argentina have really struggled to penetrate the Mexican defence so far. They need to be more innovative.
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Messi's corner from the left is headed away only as far as de Paul, who wins a foul on Argentina's right flank off Vega.
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Messi's inswinging free-kick proves problematic for Ochoa, whose punch goes straight upwards. However, he wins the foul as the ball descends.
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Lisandro Martinez is receiving medical attention after receiving a boot to the face.
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De Paul looks to make headway down Argentina's right again, but overruns the ball. Goal-kick to Mexico.
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Gutierrez is on in place of Guardado in an early Mexico substitution.
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Di Maria's inviting cross from the right finds Martinez, whose glancing header misses the target. That's better from Argentina.
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Montiel picks up a yellow card for catching Gutierrez late.
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HALF-TIME: ARGENTINA 0-0 MEXICO. It's been a cagey encounter so far. Lionel Messi was the name on everyone's lips in the build-up, but he's been largely anonymous tonight. Argentina are clearly far from the finished article.
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Vega lets fly from long range, but can't hit the target.
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We're into five minutes minimum of additional time at the end of the first half.
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Vega goes for goal from the ensuing free-kick but Martinez reads it superbly and makes a diving catch.
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Off we go! The second half is underway.
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Lozano tries his luck from long range, but the shot is blocked by Rodriguez.
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Messi goes on a trademark marauding run after a one-two off Mac Allister and wins a free-kick off Gutierrez, who had to get him down by any means and picks up a yellow card. Messi will likely want to try his luck here.
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Messi dinks the free-kick over the wall, but doesn't get enough dip on his free-kick to trouble Ochoa.
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Di Maria drives down the right and gets the ball into the danger area, but Mac Allister can't get a shot on target as he's surrounded by bodies in Green and white.
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Argentina are seeing plenty of the ball, but they need to work Ochoa far more in this must-win game for them.
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Montiel and Lautaro Martinez make way for Argentina with Molina and Alvarez on in their place.
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GOAL, ARGENTINA, MESSI! 1-0: It had to be him! Messi receives the ball outside the box, takes a touch to control and fires into the bottom corner! Magnificent goal at the perfect moment!
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Alvarez and Lozano are replaced by Antuna and Jimenez.
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Hector Herrera picks up a yellow card.
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Di Maria and Mac Allister are replaced by Palacios and Romero as Argentina look to tighten up.
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Molina has a go at goal from the edge of the box, but snatches at that shot and blazes it way off target.
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Messi looks to wriggle through the defence again, but the ball is taken off him this time.
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Messi plays a one-two off Alvarez and drills the ball across goal, forcing Ochoa into a save. It's ruled to have gone beyond the byline before Messi reached it, though that was a tight call.
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Argentina are doing their best to keep hold of the ball and run the clock down at every opportunity.
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Messi initiates an Argentina counter and works the ball to de Paul, but Mexico manage to get it out of play.
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GOAL, ARGENTINA, FERNANDEZ! 2-0: Fernandez curls one in with his right foot from out wide -- an expertly placed finish that hits the top corner! Argentina are on course to qualify!
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We're into six minutes of stoppage time. There is time still for Mexico to salvage a point.
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FULL-TIME: ARGENTINA 2-0 MEXICO. A piece of Messi magic and a fabulous Fernandez finish have put Argentina in pole position to qualify for the last 16. What a response to a terrible start to the World Cup!
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Gallardo Jesus
Chavez Luis
Alvarez Kevin
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Sanchez Jorge
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Vasquez Johan
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