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Argentina’s gutsy World Cup team is welcomed home

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s national team is being welcomed home by thousands of fans celebrating its gutsy performance in the World Cup finals.

The team arrived to Buenos Aires Monday morning in plane painted with images of the players and a large sign that reads: “Thank you Argentina.”

A river of emotional fans wearing the white and sky-blue striped jerseys of the national team has flooded the road leading from the airport to the football association complex. Among them is a group of Argentine cowboys, or gauchos, riding horses.

The two-time world champion showed grit throughout the 1-0 loss to Germany in overtime, creating several opportunities to score in the first 90 minutes. Argentina last played in a World Cup final in 1990, when it lost to West Germany.

 

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