Argentina Suffer Joint Record Defeat To Bolivia

The humiliation in La Paz stands as Argentina's worst result of the modern era - and of all time...
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Argentina succumbed to a 6-1 loss in La Paz against a resurgent Bolivia side in a match that signalled Diego Maradona's first defeat as Albiceleste coach.

Indeed, it was an evening of milestones for Diego. Not only did he ship his first goal since taking over, but he also presided over what is one of the two worst results in Argentine football history.

Prior to this afternoon, Argentina's previous record for goals conceded was also six. During the 1958 World Cup, Czechoslovakia beat Argentina 6-1. Both sides were eliminated from the group stage after this result. (There have also been two 5-0 losses, the last coming against Colombia at home in 1993.)

But this result, away to a side regarded as makeweights in the CONMEBOL qualification group for the 2010 World Cup, will at a stroke undo much of the goodwill won by Maradona in recent weeks after his great start to his international managerial career.

Among the questions asked will be regarding the configuration of the defence, the role of the central midfielders - and the absence of a Juan Roman Riquelme figure who has quit the national side - as well as just how Argentina aim to recover from a real sickener of a scoreline: one that has not been seen by Albiceleste fans in over half a century.

Ewan Macdonald,