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El Diego candidly confessed that he felt like his heart had been stabbed half a dozen times after his side were demolished in La Paz.

Diego Maradona failed to maintain his 100 per cent start as the coach of Argentina when he suffered his first taste of defeat in Round 12 of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers, although not many would have expected it to come against Bolivia - and by a 6-1 scoreline, no less.

Los Albicelestes, still fresh from their impressive 4-0 win over Venezuela at the weekend, were utterly decimated in the high altitude of La Paz but Maradona made no excuses for the embarrassing loss.

Bolivia played a great game. They did absolutely everything right while we didn’t do anything that we came here to do and that’s why we have suffered such a big defeat,” he said during the post-match interviews.

“There are no excuses. They thoroughly beat us and there is nothing else to say except to give credit to Bolivia. Whenever they attacked, they scored. And each goal that they scored was like a dagger through my heart.”

Despite the painful defeat, Maradona is still hopeful about the future and urged his players to look forward.

“Now, it is necessary to begin again. We hope that something like this never happens again,” he said.

“I am calm because I know that if Messi had scored from a clear chance [when it was still 1-1], things would have been very different. I want revenge already but because that’s not possible, I can only wait and hope.”

Argentina remain in second in the CONMEBOL standings but with Chile and Brazil still yet to complete their games, Maradona’s men could drop to fourth place by the end of the round.

KS Leong, Goal.com

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