Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

I knew I was offside, admits Tevez

Carlos Tevez knew he was offside for his opening goal in Argentina's World Cup last-16 victory over Mexico and admitted it was “selfish” that he had not owned up to the fact.

The South Americans went ahead as Lionel Messi forced the ball goalwards and Tevez, who had initially been closed down by Mexico goalkeeper Oscar Perez, was ahead of the play and in an offside position when he provided the decisive touch.

Replays showed the Manchester City man was beyond the last Mexican defender when Messi played it on, but Italian referee Roberto Rosetti and his assistants failed to spot it.

“At first I thought he (Rosetti) was saying that it was not a goal, then I saw the signal and I started (celebrating) and I was happy,” Tevez said.

“I know I was offside, I know it was selfish but as long as they say it was a goal it's OK for me and the team.”

Tevez (right) insisted confidence was now high in the Argentina camp that they could secure a third world title to add to those won in 1978 and 1986.

He added: “The team is growing in every single game, in every game it is getting stronger and we can win and that is the important thing. We can win the World Cup.”

Meanwhile, Real Madrid have agreed to sign Argentina winger Angel Di Maria on a six-year deal.

The 22-year-old will move to the Bernabeu from Benfica for a reported 25million euros.