Articles tagged 'argentina'

We deserved to win – Messi 16 July 2014 LONDON - Lionel Messi, controversial winner of the Golden Ball for the World Cup’s best player, believes Argentina had enough clear chances to have beaten Germany in Sunday’s final. The Argentina captain, who had carried his nation’s hopes through the group stages but looked listless in the se...
Is this Messi's time? 12 July 2014 JOHANNESBURG - Tomorrow’s World Cup final between Argentina and Germany is being described in most football circles as a dream final. I am not aware what those analysts would have said if hosts and Argentina’s arch-rivals Brazil had avoided the 7-1 humiliation and reached the final. While t...
'Messi is running on empty' 12 July 2014 LONDON - Lionel Messi is struggling at the World Cup because he is suffering from exhaustion, his father Jorge has claimed ahead of Argentina's final showdown against Germany tomorrow. The Argentina playmaker, who was being hailed as potentially the star player of the tournament, has faded to ...
Di Maria hopes to make final 11 July 2014 LONDON - Argentina winger Angel Di Maria trained lightly on Thursday in the hope of being able to play a part in the World Cup final against Germany on Sunday despite suffering a thigh injury just days ago. Di Maria, the South Americans' most creative player after Lionel Messi, hurt a muscle w...
Argentina book final date with Germany 10 July 2014 LONDON - Argentina's Sergio Romero saved two penalties in a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands to seal their first World Cup final place in 24 years after the first ever goalless semifinal at the end of extra time on Wednesday. Romero plunged low to his left to save the first penalty kick f...
Van Persie doubtful for La Albiceleste clash 9 July 2014 LONDON - Robin van Persie did not train with his team-mates before Wednesday’s match with Argentina due to a stomach bug but Holland’s coach, Louis van Gaal, hinted that his captain would play in the World Cup semi-final regardless. The Manchester United centre-forward, who battled back from k...
Argentina gripped with anticipation 9 July 2014 BUENOS AIRES - AiresAfter a quarter of a century of reaching this stage of the World Cup as spectators, Argentina are due to play in a semi-final at last. The nation is gripped with anticipation, and as luck would have it the fixture falls on Argentina’s independence day – 198 years old, this ...
Argentina's confidence soars 8 July 2014 LONDON - Argentina believe. That much was clear from the raucous celebrations whipped up by those clad in sky blue and white in the streets of Brasília on Saturday, or the selfies tweeted by joyous players from the dressing room and on the coach en route back to the airport. It was even vaguel...
Unlucky Switzerland in cruel WC exit 2 July 2014 LONDON - They tried to keep Lionel Messi quiet for two hours but his class will always came out. Messi is the greatest footballer of his generation because he cannot be subdued for long. Full of heart, Argentina’s No 10 kept running at the Swiss, kept looking for a way through a defence that r...
Argentina look to peak 1 July 2014 LONDON - Lionel Messi's goals have fired Argentina into the World Cup last 16 but they will look for a better all-round performance when they meet Switzerland tonight. The diminutive four-time player of the year has finally sparked for his country, hitting four of their six goals as Argentina ...
Argentina down Nigeria, both through 26 June 2014 LONDON - Lionel Messi scored twice to inspire Argentina to a thrilling 3-2 win over Nigeria in Porto Alegre on Wednesday which clinched top spot in World Cup Group F and sent home an army of Sky Blue supporters with smiles on their faces. The few Nigerian fans in the crowd also left happy beca...
Can Nigeria stop Messi? 25 June 2014 LONDON - Nigeria face Lionel Messi's already qualified Argentina in Porto Alegre tonight with a first appearance in the last 16 since 1998 tantalisingly within the African champions' grasp. Tens of thousands of Messi fans are expected to make the trip up from Argentina to this southern port ci...
Messi the hero in injury time 21 June 2014 LONDON - Lionel Messi scored in time added on to give Argentina a barely deserved 1-0 win over a feisty Iran in their Group F encounter at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on Saturday. The heavily favoured South Americans were frustrated by some tenacious defending throughout. In the fir...
Queiroz plots Messi shut-out 21 June 2014 LONDON - The arch-realist in Carlos Queiroz refused to downplay the scale of the task. The Iran coach was never going to try the usual manager trick of talking about it as just another game. Quite the opposite.“Our match with Argentina will be the most important and biggest in Iran’s history,” Qu...
Messi hailed as 'world's best' 16 June 2014 LONDON - Argentina’s Lionel Messi was hailed as one of the best players of all time by his coach – whatever happens at the World Cup – after scoring a classic goal to see off Bosnia-Herzegovina. Messi’s trademark run and strike will go down as one of the great World Cup goals even though it wa...
Argentina drops its voter age to 16 1 November 2012 BUENOS AIRES - Argentinian lawmakers passed a new measure Wednesday lowering the nation's voting age to 16. Representatives in the South American country's lower house overwhelmingly voted in favor of the law Wednesday. A majority of senators approved it last week. The move to lower the voting ag...