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  1. Argentina 1-0 Nigeria
    Saturday, 12 June Match report
  2. Argentina 4-1 South Korea
    Thursday, 17 June Match report
  3. Greece 0-2 Argentina
    Tuesday, 22 June Match report
  4. Argentina 3-1 Mexico
    Sunday, 27 June Match report
  5. Argentina 0-4 Germany
    Saturday, 3 July Match report

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Games played Shots on target | off target
5 Total Argentina
57|28 Total Argentina
Goals Assists
10 Total Argentina
7 Total Argentina
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
53|69 Total Argentina
7|0 Total Argentina

Team profile

Argentina's World Cup hopes rest with the man who almost single-handedly won them their last title in 1986. A brilliant, instinctive footballer who enjoys almost god-like status in Argentina, Diego Maradona was nonetheless a surprise choice to succeed Alfio Basile during qualifying, given he was a managerial novice. He called up 102 players in his first 14 months but poor results, including a 6-1 thrashing in Bolivia, left qualification in doubt.

However, since booking their spot with victory in Uruguay, Argentina may have found a winning formula. A backline consisting of four centre-backs is protected by Javier Mascherano, with Juan Veron supplying the ammunition for Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain. Maradona is not short of attacking options - as well as Messi and Higuain (the two leading scorers in La Liga), he can call upon Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero. If Maradona can get the best out of Messi, they could be contenders.

Squad List

NO POS PLAYER CLUB AGE CAPS
1 GK Diego Pozo Club Atletico Colon de Santa Fe 32 3
2 DF Martin Demichelis Bayern Munich 29 29
3 DF Clemente Rodriguez Club Estudiantes de La Plata 28 14
4 DF Nicolas Burdisso Roma 29 33
5 MF Mario Bolatti Fiorentina 25 7
6 DF Gabriel Heinze Marseille 32 67
7 MF Angel Di Maria Real Madrid 22 12
8 MF Juan Veron Club Estudiantes de La Plata 35 73
9 FW Gonzalo Higuain Real Madrid 22 8
10 FW Lionel Messi Barcelona 23 48
11 FW Carlos Tevez Man City 26 55
12 DF Ariel Garce Club Atletico Colon de Santa Fe 30 4
13 DF Walter Samuel Inter Milan 32 55
14 MF Javier Mascherano Liverpool 26 60
15 DF Nicolas Otamendi Club Atletico Velez Sarsfield 22 9
16 FW Sergio Aguero Atletico Madrid 22 23
17 MF Jonas Gutierrez Newcastle 26 19
18 FW Martin Palermo Boca Juniors 36 15
19 FW Diego Milito Inter Milan 31 22
20 MF Maxi Rodriguez Liverpool 29 40
21 GK Mariano Andujar Catania 26 4
22 GK Sergio Romero AZ Alkmaar 23 10
23 MF Javier Pastore Palermo 21 3

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Group A Teams W D L GD PTS
Uruguay 2 1 0 4 7
Mexico 1 1 1 1 4
South Africa 1 1 1 -2 4
France 0 1 2 -3 1
Group B Teams W D L GD PTS
Argentina 3 0 0 6 9
South Korea 1 1 1 -1 4
Greece 1 0 2 -3 3
Nigeria 0 1 2 -2 1
Group C Teams W D L GD PTS
USA 1 2 0 1 5
England 1 2 0 1 5
Slovenia 1 1 1 0 4
Algeria 0 1 2 -2 1
Group D Teams W D L GD PTS
Germany 2 0 1 4 6
Ghana 1 1 1 0 4
Australia 1 1 1 -3 4
Serbia 1 0 2 -1 3
Group E Teams W D L GD PTS
Netherlands 3 0 0 4 9
Japan 2 0 1 2 6
Denmark 1 0 2 -3 3
Cameroon 0 0 3 -3 0
Group F Teams W D L GD PTS
Paraguay 1 2 0 2 5
Slovakia 1 1 1 -1 4
New Zealand 0 3 0 0 3
Italy 0 2 1 -1 2
Group G Teams W D L GD PTS
Brazil 2 1 0 3 7
Portugal 1 2 0 7 5
Ivory Coast 1 1 1 1 4
North Korea 0 0 3 -11 0
Group H Teams W D L GD PTS
Spain 2 0 1 2 6
Chile 2 0 1 1 6
Switzerland 1 1 1 0 4
Honduras 0 1 2 -3 1

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