In the last minute of the first half, the Argentineans finally managed to break the deadlock. Left-back Heinze ghosted into the Mexican box and opened the scoring from a set-play taken by Riquelme.
Messi picked up a pass by Tevez and broke into the area before chipping the ball over Sánchez, with a soft strike to double the lead for his country, on 61 minutes.
The Mexicans felt the blow and crumbled. Five minutes later, on 66 minutes, Tevez was tripped in the box for a penalty. Riquelme did the honors from the spot with a classy shot, to send keeper Sanchez the opposite way and seal the semifinal match.