Mexico

Incredible Mexican Odyssey

I've just read a report about Mexican Fishermanwho have been adrift in the Pacific for several months in an 8m or 25ft boat. They survived on rainwater, raw seagulls, ducks and fish. They were eventually 'with the Japanese and Chinese'. They were actually picked up by a Taiwanese trawler. It's a little unclear about whether they were adrift for three months or eleven, though it's easy to see how they could lose track of time.

They're on their way to the Marshall Islands at the moment, where I presume they'll transfer to a flight for the journey home.

Last year, some people from Kiribati were picked up off Papua New Guinea after being adrift for 8 weeks, and in 2001 two Samoans were adrift for four months, also picked up near Papua New Guinea.

One wonders how many people are going adrift and never get picked up...

Argentina and Mexico

Argentina and Mexico was a fantastic game, it had everything, talent, drama, dodgy decisions and a fantastic winning goal. There were a couple of potentially (or actual) game changing decisions. First, the referee gave a yellow card to the wrong guy. Secondly, there was a yellow card awarded for a foul when a red was warranted). The ref pointed to another defender saying that he was the last defender... he could not have reached the attacker in time. Thirdly there was a shot on goal (from Mexico, I think) that grazed an Argentinian's outstretched. A goal kick was given, should this have been a corner? This was very subtle though. Finally there was the Argentinian goal disallowed in the closing minute of normal time, this definitely would have affected the game, it would have meant no extra time.... but no wondergoal in extra time.

That linesman must be breathing a sigh of relief that his decision didn't change the result now he's watched the replays!