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Sven Watches Mexico Get Pummeled

With newly hired coach Sven-Goran Eriksson watching from a luxury box, Mexico was embarrassed by Argentina, 4-1,  on Wednesday before a record soccer crowd of  68,498 fans at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium.

El Tri was booed off the field at halftime after Argentina scored three goals. Lionel Messi scored one goal and helped set up Nicolas Burdisso for the other two. Sergio Aguero added the fourth goal for the Argentines, who face the USA on Sunday.

Tuesday's announcement that Eriksson had been named the new Mexico coach did not sit well with Tri players, who preferred interim coach Jesus Ramirez. "I'm not sure if the situation that we have outside the field affected us on the field," said Ramirez, who coached Mexico against Argentina. "I couldn't tell you if it was a factor . . . In general I think perhaps the situation looks bad. But I don't think it is. Today just wasn't a good day."

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