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Jun 22, 2014

Argentina must turn one-man band into full orchestra

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – World Cup contenders Argentina arrived in Brazil with high hopes but Saturday’s last-gasp win over underdogs Iran exposed deficiencies within the team that need rapid improvement if they are to mount a realistic title bid.

Lionel Messi’s sumptuous stoppage-time strike may have secured a ticket through to the next round with a Group F game to spare but Argentina’s attack and defense looked anything but world class against an arguably much weaker opponent.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Argentina must turn one-man band into full orchestra

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 22 (Reuters) – World Cup contenders Argentina arrived in Brazil with high hopes but Saturday’s last-gasp win over underdogs Iran exposed deficiencies within the team that need rapid improvement if they are to mount a realistic title bid.

Lionel Messi’s sumptuous stoppage-time strike may have secured a ticket through to the next round with a Group F game to spare but Argentina’s attack and defence looked anything but world class against an arguably much weaker opponent.

Jun 21, 2014

We will peak at the right time says Argentina’s Messi

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Argentina captain Lionel Messi, whose last-gasp goal against Iran sent the South Americans through to the World Cup round of 16 on Saturday, said his team would improve as the tournament progresses and peak at the right time.

The Argentines eked out a wafer-thin 1-0 win over the Asian underdogs thanks to Messi’s stoppage time goal, his second of the tournament, to move up to six points in Group F.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-We will peak at the right time says Argentina’s Messi

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 21 (Reuters) – Argentina captain Lionel Messi, whose last-gasp goal against Iran sent the South Americans through to the World Cup round of 16 on Saturday, said his team would improve as the tournament progresses and peak at the right time.

The Argentines eked out a wafer-thin 1-0 win over the Asian underdogs thanks to Messi’s stoppage time goal, his second of the tournament, to move up to six points in Group F.

Jun 21, 2014

We can’t keep relying on ‘genius’ Messi: Argentina coach

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Argentina will need to improve in their next World Cup games despite having “genius” Lionel Messi, who scored a last-gasp winner in the 1-0 win over Iran on Saturday to send them through to the knockout stage, coach Alejandro Sabella said.

“We want to improve obviously,” Sabella told reporters. “There are many things we have to think about and improve.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-We can’t keep relying on ‘genius’ Messi – Argentina coach

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 21 (Reuters) – Argentina will need to improve in their next World Cup games despite having “genius” Lionel Messi, who scored a last-gasp winner in the 1-0 win over Iran on Saturday to send them through to the knockout stage, coach Alejandro Sabella said.

“We want to improve obviously,” Sabella told reporters. “There are many things we have to think about and improve.

Jun 20, 2014

Smart money on Iran against Argentine geniuses: Queiroz

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Iran coach Carlos Queiroz praised opponents Argentina as a team of “geniuses” ahead of their World Cup Group F match on Saturday but said the smart money was on the overwhelming Asian underdogs.

Argentina, one of the leading title contenders in Brazil, are the clear favorites in the game at the Mineirao stadium with Queiroz heaping praise on their talented opponents.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Smart money on Iran against Argentine geniuses – Queiroz

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – Iran coach Carlos Queiroz praised opponents Argentina as a team of “geniuses” ahead of their World Cup Group F match on Saturday but said the smart money was on the overwhelming Asian underdogs.

Argentina, one of the leading title contenders in Brazil, are the clear favourites in the game at the Mineirao stadium with Queiroz heaping praise on their talented opponents.

Jun 20, 2014

Argentina coach Sabella relishes return to Mineirao

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella is looking forward to a successful return to Belo Horizonte’s Mineirao stadium against Iran in their World Cup Group F match on Saturday after celebrating his biggest club triumph there.

Sabella coached Argentine club Estudiantes to their 2009 Copa Libertadores victory with a 2-1 return leg win over Brazil’s Cruzeiro in the awe-inspiring stadium.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Argentina coach Sabella relishes return to Mineirao

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella is looking forward to a successful return to Belo Horizonte’s Mineirao stadium against Iran in their World Cup Group F match on Saturday after celebrating his biggest club triumph there.

Sabella coached Argentine club Estudiantes to their 2009 Copa Libertadores victory with a 2-1 return leg win over Brazil’s Cruzeiro in the awe-inspiring stadium.

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