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Jun 22, 2014

You think Argentina are bad but we are good: Di Maria

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Argentina may have failed to impress in their opening two World Cup games but after winning both to reach the knockout stage they must be doing something right, midfielder Angel Di Maria said on Sunday.

The Argentines, title contenders in Brazil, had to wait until stoppage time to beat Iran 1-0 in Group F on Saturday courtesy of a superb Lionel Messi goal.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-You think Argentina are bad but we are good – Di Maria

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 22 (Reuters) – Argentina may have failed to impress in their opening two World Cup games but after winning both to reach the knockout stage they must be doing something right, midfielder Angel Di Maria said on Sunday.

The Argentines, title contenders in Brazil, had to wait until stoppage time to beat Iran 1-0 in Group F on Saturday courtesy of a superb Lionel Messi goal.

Jun 22, 2014

Maradona shows Argentine FA chief the finger on live TV

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Former World Cup winner Diego Maradona showed Argentine FA President Julio Grondona the finger on live television after the soccer administrator had suggested Argentina scored against Iran because “jinxed” Maradona had left the stadium by then.

Argentina struggled against Iran at Belo Horizonte’s Mineirao stadium on Saturday with Maradona in the stands as a spectator along with his daughter.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Maradona shows Argentine FA chief the finger on live TV

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 22 (Reuters) – Former World Cup winner Diego Maradona showed Argentine FA President Julio Grondona the finger on live television after the soccer administrator had suggested Argentina scored against Iran because “jinxed” Maradona had left the stadium by then.

Argentina struggled against Iran at Belo Horizonte’s Mineirao stadium on Saturday with Maradona in the stands as a spectator along with his daughter.

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.

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