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.
So don't expect the two cautious teams to go too easy on each other.
Mexico, especially, will be looking to strike early and often, just as they did a few days ago when they upset the last World Cup runners-up, France, 2-0.
World Cup 101:
- World Cup 101: How does the tournament work?
- World Cup 101: Why is the World Cup such a big deal?
- World Cup 101: Why is the World Cup in South Africa?
- World Cup 101: Is South Africa really prepared to host the World Cup?
- World Cup 101: Who’s favored to win it all?
What do you think makes the World Cup special?