Tevez feels guilty over offside goal

Carlos Tevez knew he was offside for his opening goal in Argentina's World Cup last-16 victory over Mexico and admitted it was "selfish" that he had not owned up to the fact.

The South Americans went ahead as Lionel Messi forced the ball goalwards and Tevez, who had initially been closed down by Mexico goalkeeper Oscar Perez, was ahead of the play and in an offside position when he provided the decisive touch.



Replays showed the Manchester City man was beyond the last Mexican defender when Messi played it on, but Italian referee Roberto Rosetti and his assistants failed to spot it.



There were no question marks about Tevez's second goal - Argentina's third - in the second half as he drilled one in from long range in a 3-1 win which sets up a quarter-final clash with Germany in Cape Town, but he accepted he had been lucky with the first one.



"At first I thought he (Rosetti) was saying that it was not a goal, then I saw the signal and I started (celebrating) and I was happy," Tevez said.



"I know I was offside, I know it was selfish but as long as they say it was a goal it's OK for me and the team."



Tevez insisted confidence was now high in the Argentina camp that they could secure a third world title to add to those won in 1978 and 1986.



He added: "The team is growing in every single game, in every game it is getting stronger and we can win and that is the important thing. We can win the World Cup."



Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez also hailed the performance, and told Press Association Sport: "It was a tough game but the national team of Argentina did a very good job, we scored three goals, we could have had more.



"Tevez was fantastic, so was the whole team, we have a very good group with incredible quality.



"We want to take on board all the experience of (coach) Diego Maradona. He won the World Cup (in 1986) and that is the experience we want to take from him.



"Germany is a very good team and it will be a very tough game, but if we want to be in the semi-final we have to win this game."



Rosetti's error, combined with an even worse one earlier in the day by Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda in the England-Germany game when he did not give a perfectly good Frank Lampard goal, has heightened calls for the introduction of video technology, but Gutierrez felt referees were doing all they could under the circumstances.



He said: "This is football - we saw on the television that it was offside, it's very tough for Mexico but we can do nothing. Sometimes the referee can make a mistake.



"The referee can make a mistake because things can happen in one second. The game is very fast, so we cannot say anything (bad) about the referee."



Barcelona team-mates Messi and Rafael Marquez experienced differing emotions at the end.



The Argentina superstar said: "Mexico had a lot of the ball at the beginning like they always do but we were lucky enough to get the first goal.



"That helped us in the rest of the game. It was very important to win this game against a great rival."



His Mexican club-mate was clearly angered by the decision to award the first goal and said: "We all saw it. A great team like this Argentina side doesn't need this kind of help. What more can I say? We are sad because of the way it happened, there is not a reason to be happy."



For Mexico it was a fifth straight World Cup last 16 exit, while Argentina will hope that, having beaten Mexico at this same point in 2006, they can now change history and knock out Germany, who beat them on penalties four years ago.



News
people

Arts and Entertainment
JJ Abrams' seventh Star Wars, The Force Awakens
filmsThe first glimpse of Episode VII has gone online after weeks of anticipation
News
Michael Buerk in the I'm A Celebrity jungle 2014
people
Arts and Entertainment
The cast of Downton Abbey in the 2014 Christmas special
art

Presents unwrapped, turkey gobbled... it's time to relax

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game