Both teams could advance to the second round of the 2010 World Cup with a tie during today's Mexico vs. Uruguay game. But there are good reasons to go for a win, too.
So why not play for a tie?
It's an alluring prospect given how hard each team has fought just to get to this stage, how many hours of practice each player has put in, the amount of mental energy each manager, coach, and trainer has expended.
The reason they'll fight for the win comes down to one word: Argentina.
Whoever finishes No. 2 in Group A will have to face the winner of Group B. That's likely to be Argentina, the team that, thus far, most closely resembles a World Cup champion. With the world's best player in Lionel Messi, Argentina's been playing beautiful soccer and manhandling their opponents.
If Mexico ties Uruguay today, Uruguay will finish first in the group because they will have a better goal differential.
Then El Tri will face Argentina, which is pretty much like being thrown into a lion's den.