Soccer's top 10 list

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

To some of us, the perfect "10" was and always will be Bo Derek.

But for those who aren't up on their 1979 movie classics or the all-time list of the most beautiful women to ever grace the planet Earth, the number brings to mind other greats.

In soccer, out of respect to the immortal Pele, it is generally the jersey digits adorned by a team's best player.

Argentina's Diego Maradona wore 10. So did Frenchman Zinedine Zidane. As does Brazil star Ronaldinho.

David Beckham wears 23 on his back, but usually has a 10 on his arm. Her name is Victoria.

But we digress.

Wearing No. 10s last night at Frank Clair Stadium were two of soccer's rising stars -- Argentina's Sergio Aguero and Mexico's Giovanni dos Santos.

Aguero, who entered the quarter-final match tied for the tournament's scoring lead with five goals, was the more spectacular in this one. He put on a couple of impressive displays with the ball, and had a golden chance to tie the match denied by goalie Alfonso Blanco in the second half.

They say both Aguero and dos Santos, who was yellow-carded in the 79th minute last night, will be worth watching for years.

Just like a Bo Derek collection, I suppose.

Just for kicks

The play-by-play of matches provided on FIFA.com tells us that Argentina "flashes an effort off target." Mexico apparently did so a little earlier. Frankly, I'm not sure what they're talking about. I haven't seen anybody flash anything all night, and I regularly check the Southside through the binos ... The No Cheering in the Press Box rule has obviously never been introduced to Argentineans. A couple of reporters all but hugged each other in celebrating the Maximiliano Moralez goal ... Mexican 'keeper Blanco displayed a vertical leap that would make Steve Nash proud when he went high to deflect an early bullet off the left foot of Angel Di Maria ... Di Maria's no-look pass to set up the Moralez goal was a sweet one ... From where we were sitting, the Most Enthusiasm For One's Anthem Award would go to the Mexico supporters. The best dressed fans were those of team Argentina, led by the gentleman wearing the long flowing blue wig. Sheesh ...

Pitch points

It is the second half of the last game in Ottawa and officials are going through the press box checking credentials. I guess they couldn't tell I was a Canadian sportswriter at a soccer game by the laptop at my fingertips and the blank look on my face ... With all the faking of injury that goes on during a soccer game, there are also "that just had to hurt" moments, as well. Like when Mexico's Omar Esparza drilled a shot off the face of Claudio Yacob. It just had to ... Amazingly, the makeshift press box at Frank Clair Stadium survived all eight tournament games played here. The way it would sway, especially when the Argentina crowd got going, made you think it was bound to crash to the ground at some point ... Couldn't hit a post any squarer than the way Mexico's Carlos Vela did with a first-half attempt. He nailed it right in the sweet spot ... A kid sitting below the press box was wearing a Zidane jersey. Here's hoping that when he plays the game, he remembers to keep a cool head, no butts about it ... The Mexican media guide was distributed to reporters prior to the game in the form of a disc. It was not "readable" on MacBook, which was okay because the dialogue is probably not understandable by those of us who don't speak Spanish, anyway. It did contain a neat little notebook we can use, however, so gracias amigos from Mexico.


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