Diego Maradona rips Argentina’s World Cup performance
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Diego Maradona has slammed Argentina’s second-place finish in the World Cup, saying the team ”did not play at all.”
The former Argentina star, and coach of the national side four years ago in South Africa, said the team led by Lionel Messi should have been winning matches by three goals each time.
Argentina lost to Germany 1-0 in the World Cup final earlier this month at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium. Maradona’s team in the 2010 World Cup was eliminated in the quarterfinals.
Argentina won its first five matches by one goal each time, then reached the final by defeating the Netherlands on penalties after a 0-0 draw following 30 minutes of extra time.
Maradona spoke late Thursday with reporters, part of a charity football match.