Although the majority of the Liga MX players in the World Cup are with the Mexican national team, there are ten other Mexico-based players participating in Brazil. They’re representing Uruguay, Argentina, Ecuador, and the United States, and you can keep track of their involvement, results, and upcoming games here.
Monterrey defender José María Basanta was on the bench for Argentina’s final group stage game, in which the South Americans defeated Nigeria 3-2. Basanta has yet to see a single minute of playing time in the World Cup, but as Argentina is on to the Round of Sixteen, he will still have at least one more chance to get on the field.
This game got off to a quick start, with Lionel Messi finding the back of the net in the 3rd minute before Ahmed Musa equalized less than two minutes later. Messi and Musa would exchange goals again – Messi’s just before halftime, Musa just after (45′ + 1 and 47′, respectively), before Marcos Rojas would give Argentina the lead for good three minutes later.
Also of note was the injury to Michael Babatunde in the 63rd minute. The Nigerian striker was hit by a teammate’s shot and was taken off the field with a broken hand. As both these teams have advanced to the round of 16, Babatunde’s injury will be a concern for the Super Eagles.
Group F Table
Next game: vs Switzerland – Tuesday, July 1 – 12:00 noon – Univision/Univision Deportes/ESPN