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Maradona refuses German bait

Argentina's coach Diego Maradona refused for once to accept a tempting bait last night and respond to the criticisms made of his players by Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger ahead of Saturday's quarter-final.

James Lawton: Yellow Machine make Chile the latest victims of their ruthless ability

They used to be called the little gods in yellow and they fuelled every fantasy born of Brazilian football. Now, somewhat grudgingly, they are respected as a mean, bruising Yellow Machine but if their coach, Dunga, worships the most practical of football he cannot do much about a lingering gene in the make-up of his team.

Tevez in smashing form as Maradona's 'gala team' revel in goal rush

As Lionel Messi dazzles fans with his skills while waiting for his first goal of this World Cup, a marvellous complement of strikers is carrying Argentina forward.

Tevez feels guilty over offside goal

Carlos Tevez knew he was offside for his opening goal in Argentina's World Cup last-16 victory over Mexico and admitted it was "selfish" that he had not owned up to the fact.

Maradona sympathy over Lampard 'goal'

England were today offered sympathy for Frank Lampard's disallowed goal by one of their fans' greatest hate figures - Diego Maradona.

Maradona furious at Messi treatment

Argentina boss Diego Maradona has claimed Lionel Messi is the target of "scandalous" treatment by opposing players.

Tevez double keeps Argentina on course amid controversy

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Argentina win leads to tie with Germany

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Argentina v Mexico: Time to drop your trousers, Diego tells critics

Diego Maradona yesterday insisted it was time for his critics to hang their heads in shame. He was derided by critics in Argentina before the World Cup as a naive tactician. But three wins later and the tone has changed. Argentina, many now believe, could go on to win the tournament.

James Lawton: Dunga and Maradona are worlds apart but together they can shape the future

Diego Maradona bounces around the training field so full of life you wonder if at some point he might rise skywards, like a fabulous balloon, and perform some kind of ritual blessing on his team.

The secrets of South American sides' success

As Europe’s giants struggle, their Latin rivals are in thrilling form. Glenn Moore asks why they have the advantage

Pain of past defeats strengthens Mexican resolve, says Marquez

Argentina v Mexico, Tomorrow, 7.30, BBC1, Johannesburg

James Lawton: The truth behind the phoney war

Beckenbauer’s negative soundbites about England are intended to provoke - but is he right? Our writer looks back to 1966 to get under the skin of Germany and Der Kaiser

Juande Ramos: Torres is still not fit but Iniesta can carry our hopes for now

The Spanish Angle: There is no doubt that Iniesta must come back. He injects something unique and whatever the coach decides, he will be in the team
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