Argentina beat Mexico, 6-5 on penalty kicks, before 40,718 yesterday in Hanover, Germany, to set up a game against Brazil in the Confederations Cup final.
After 90 minutes of regulation without goals, Carlos Salcido scored in the 104th minute for Mexico. Luciano Figueroa tied it in the 110th. Esteban Cambiasso scored the clinching penalty kick after Ricardo Osorio was the first to miss at 5-5.
"My team fought very hard, especially in the second half and extra time," Argentina Coach Jose Pekerman said. "It was not one of the best matches, but we hope to recover."
The title game between the South American powers is Wednesday in Frankfurt, Germany. The Mexicans face Germany for third place the same day in Leipzig. Brazil won its semifinal on Saturday, defeating Germany, 3-2.
On June 8, Argentina downed Brazil, 3-1, to clinch a spot in next year's World Cup in Germany.
"It's going to be great to face Brazil again," Argentine defender Javier Zanetti said. "I just hope it turns out the same way it did today."
Mexico struck first in overtime after Argentina's Juan Riquelme gave the ball away with a lazy pass in an attacking position. Salcido broke down the left side to take a pass from Alberto Medina and went past two defenders. His shot hit the outstretched leg of Argentina's Fabricio Coliccini, and the ball flew over goalkeeper German Lux.
Figueroa, who had a hat trick in a victory over Australia, evened it five minutes later. He gathered a blocked shot from Maximiliano Rodriguez and squeezed a left-footed drive between the legs of goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez.
A minute from the end of regulation, Argentina's Javier Saviola became the first player to be sent off in the eight-team competition when he was red-carded for kicking Gonzalo Pineda. He was soon followed by Mexico captain Rafael Marquez for a second yellow card, and extra time was played with 10 players on each team.
"The expulsion of Marquez certainly cost us," said Mexico Coach Ricardo Lavolpe, who was born in Argentina. "It was very difficult to withstand Argentina at the end, and we were getting tired."
* MLS: Chris Rolfe had a goal and an assist to lead the Chicago Fire past visiting Real Salt Lake, 3-1.
After a scoreless first half, Thiago gave Chicago a 1-0 lead in the 53rd minute. Defender Jim Curtin set up the goal with a pass to Rolfe on the right side of the box. Rolfe sent a long cross that rolled to Thiago, and the Brazilian beat Salt Lake goalie D.J. Countess.
Jason Kreis tied it in the 62nd minute on a free kick. Rolfe's goal in 69th minute came after he took a header from Nate Jaqua and sneaked past defender Cameron Knowles. It was his fourth goal this season.
* WOMEN'S SOCCER: Many of the faces are different, but the U.S. women's team looked much the same in its 2005 debut on home soil.
Lori Chalupny and Christie Welsh scored first-half goals and the U.S. defeated Canada, 2-0, in an exhibition in Virginia Beach. The team introduced new players while giving Coach Greg Ryan a victory in his first game since being promoted.
"I bet the fans missed the old ladies that retired, but with this team, there are going to be so many personalities that will come out," said Kristine Lilly, the only member of the "Fab Five" still on the team.
The U.S. team dominated even without familiar stars Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett, who retired after last season. Brandi Chastain also was left off the team.
Ryan seemed to like the performance of the team, which still includes 11 members from the squad that won the gold.
"We didn't have the same level of cohesion, but we're a young team and it takes time to build that where we can go 90 minutes and have everything tight," he said.