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Saturday, 15 June, 2002, 09:04 GMT 10:04 UK

Maldini goes after defeat

Paraguay coach Cesare Maldini has stepped down following his team's second-round 1-0 loss to Germany.

The former Italy manager called his time with the South American outfit a "great experience", but said he wanted to return to Milan to work as a scout.

Maldini, who led the Azzurri to the quarter-finals of France 98, took charge of Paraguay last December.

" Germany were very strong physically - it was the typical German game "
Cesare Maldini

The 70-year-old brought bags of experience to the job, but was not always popular with fans, who criticised him for spending too much time in Italy.

"I'm going to Milan to work as a scout," he said afterwards.

"This has been a great experience, the Paraguayans have been very professional. I'm very happy that we got to the second round with such a well-balanced and strong side."

Maldini watched his team tumble out of the World Cup to an 88th-minute strike from Oliver Neuville after what he called a "typical" display from the Germans.

"It was a very, very even game. There weren't many scoring chances on either side.

" The Germans were lucky today - we lost, but we lost well "
Jose Luis Chilavert

"Most of the game took place in the midfield and suddenly there was a beautiful run on the right and a beautiful goal scored by Neuville."

"Germany were very strong physically, maybe not so strong technically, but it was the typical German game."

Paraguay captain Jose Luis Chilavert branded Germany "lucky" to win the match and said his team "fallen like sad heroes".

"The Germans were lucky today. We lost, but we lost well. Germany didn't play better than us, we matched them. We lost as heroes, national heroes.

Korean support

"We are going back to our country with our pride and prestige intact."

The 36-year-old brought an end to his own distinguished World Cup career.

"I want to cheer all Koreans and Japanese for the way they welcomed us. It was only luck that was with the German team today."


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