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Wednesday, July 1, 1998 Published at 11:32 GMT 12:32 UK


World: Americas

Argentina celebrates shoot-out triumph

Argentina fans celebrate with a St George 'coffin'

Thousands of fans filled the streets of Buenos Aires to celebrate Argentina's World Cup victory over England.


Celebrations and implications of the win. BBC correspondent Philippa Thomas reports from Buenos Aires
The sound of cars horns filled the air as the nation celebrated. Confetti billowed from high rise blocks around the capital's squares.

Huge crowds filled the Plaza de la Republica immediately after the final whistle.

The matched was broadcast on a giant TV screen in the centre of Buenos Aires. Otherwise the capital's streets were deserted as football fever gripped the country.


[ image: Fans in Buenos Aires celebrate Argentina's first goal]
Fans in Buenos Aires celebrate Argentina's first goal
After two hours of football and the tension of a penalty shoot-out Argentina - one of the World Cup favourites - were through to the quarter finals.

Fireworks lit up the sky as the streets filled within seconds of David Batty's missed penalty.

But the celebrations were mixed with tragedy and violence.

Police say that 21 people were wounded after groups of youths attacked police and a television crew in Buenos Aires.

And three fans were killed in a car accident when their van crashed north of the city.

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