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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Argentina 2-0 Greece

Argentina completed a 100% win record in Group B to top the group and eliminate Greece.

Greece coach Otto Rehhagel tactical plan of keeping it tight against Argentina and striking on the counter-attack held for 77 minutes before Martin Demichelis smashed home the opening goal for Argentina from the edge of the six-yard box.

Lionel Messi, skippering his side in the absence of the rested Javier Mascherano, had a frustrating evening as he received close attention from his opponents but he almost struck a second after a jinking run ended with a thunderous strike that crashed against the post.

But the second goal did come when another Messi strike was palmed into the path of substitute striker Martin Palermo, who slotted home with his right foot.

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