Argentina sealed top spot in Group B and sent Greece crashing out of the World Cup with a 2-0 victory at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
It took the tournament favourites 77 minutes to break down Otto Rehhagel’s side who despite needing a point to have any chance of progressing were more intent on stifling their opponents.
The deadlock was broken as Martin Demichelis smashed the ball into the roof of the net.
The defender rose highest at a corner only for his first header to hit Diego Milito but he was in the right place to smash the rebound past Alexandros Tzorvas.
And substitute Martin Palermo added a second a minute from time after Lionel Messi skipped through the Greek defence.
Coach Diego Maradona made seven changes to the side that beat South Korea 4-1 five days ago with his side’s progression to the last 16 all but secure.