Argentina ready to unleash World Cup anger

Last Updated: Tue, Aug 10, 2010 11:24 hrs

Dublin: Argentina will be desperate to take out their World Cup anger on the Republic of Ireland in tomorrow's friendly in Dublin, according to Giovanni Trapattoni.

Trapattoni's Ireland will provide the opposition for Argentina's first game since their shock 4-0 quarter-final defeat against Germany in South Africa.

The match, the first soccer international to be played at the Aviva Stadium formerly known as Lansdowne Road, marks the start of Argentina's post-Diego Maradona era.

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Maradona was sacked as coach soon after the World Cup and has been replaced by his former international team mate and under-20 boss, Sergio Batista.

Though speculation has continued that Maradona may yet return to management, the man who will definitely be in the Irish dugout, Italian veteran Trapattoni, believes the Argentina players will be desperate to return to winning ways with or without him.

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