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Perhaps the most satisfying victory is one, where a team seeks retribution for a past fault, correcting and then fulfilling a desired result. It was one for India today as they beat Argentina 2-1 in a tough Pool B hockey encounter at the Olympics.

It was always going to start as a high-paced encounter with both teams classically skilled and dangerous on the counter, and so it did. There was to be almost no penetrative attacking though for the first five minutes and it took for India to finally make the breakthrough.

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Brazilian players Agatha and Barbara beat Argentina's Ana Gallay and Georgina Klug 2-0 in beach volleyball action at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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Argentina's football superstar Lionel Messi has congratulated his countrywoman Paula Pareto for winning the country's first gold medal in judo at the ongoing Rio Olympics.

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Two second-half goals helped Portugal stun Argentina 2-0 in the Olympic football tournament opener at the Olympic Stadium in Rio on Thursday afternoon.

Argentina dominated the first half, albeit without finding the net. But it were Rui Jorge's squad who really took off in the second half. Paciencia was true to his surname ("Patience"), biding his time until the 66th minute, when he took a pass from the left by Bruno Fernandes and neatly left-footed it into the corner of the net.

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Football icon Diego Maradona has congratulated Argentina men team's new chief coach Edgardo Bauza and said he formed part of the team at the World Cup 1990 held in Italy.

"I want to congratulate 'Paton' ('Big Footed') Bauza, new coach of Argentina. I'll never forget that he was the player 24, of 23 in Italia '90. And he stayed to support the team throughout the WC," the 1986 World Cup winner on Wednesday through social networks.

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Argentina's new football coach Edgardo Bauza has said frustration and a deep sense of hurt has forced Lionel Messi to retire from international football, promising to persuade the superstar to return.

Messi announced a shock retirement after failing to drive his team to victory at the recently held Copa America Centenario, beaten by Chile in the final. The defeat had serious ramifications in Argentine football with coach Tata Martino resigning from his post and several other high profile players thinking of emulating Messi.

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Spanish football club Villarreal on Thursday announced the signing of Argentine player Cristian Espinoza on a five year contract.

Espinoza is a 21-year-old midfielder, who has played for three seasons in the first division with CA Huracan, reports Efe. The club has not disclosed further information about the deal but confirmed they had paid the player's release clause to sign him. Reports in Argentina suggest that Espinoza's termination clause was worth 7.2 million euros ($8 million).

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