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Mike Henson

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  1. Post update

    Argentina join Paraguay at the top of Group B on four points.

    They play Jamaica next in their final pool game and a comfortable win will probably be enough to see they qualify as group winners.

    Plenty of Womens' World Cup football going on if you have a football itch to scratch still. Live video coverage of Sweden v Australia and United States v Nigeria is on the football index right now.

    Otherwise, have a good evening and see you again soon.

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    Edward Laylard: Watching Argentina is a bit like watching Newcastle under Kevin Keegan

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    Argentina 1-0 Uruguay

    Sergio Aguero's brave and deft header apart, it wasn't pretty.

    But Argentina have their first win of their 2015 Copa America campaign.

    The big blue wagon is rolling.


    Argentina 1-0 Uruguay

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    Argentina 1-0 Uruguay

    Lionel Messi eating up time down by the Uruguay corner flag...

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    Argentina 1-0 Uruguay

    Argentina are clinging on here. Uruguay have packed the box with height and are pumping in crosses. Free-kick to Argentina as Abel Hernandez gets over physical.

    Are they home and dry?

  7. CLOSE!

    Argentina 1-0 Uruguay


    Abel Hernandez, 12 yards out, meets a accurate cut-back with a meaty side-foot shot, but Argentina's's Sergio Romero reacts smartly to get down and push the ball away as it emerges through a thicket of defenders.

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    Argentina 1-0 Uruguay

    Uruguay's reputation for heavy challenges is not entirely undeserved based on tonight. Alvaro Perreira crashes into Pablo Zabaleta with another bone-cruncher.

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    Argentina 1-0 Uruguay

    Lionel Messi runs with possession

    Lionel Messi cuts in off the right and goes for that almost trademark drilled near-post finish into the opposite corner that seems natural.

    Fernando Muslera is equal to it though, pushing his effort aside.


    Argentina 1-0 Uruguay

    Carlos Tevez

    Two switches in quick succession for Argentina.

    First Javier Pastore makes way for Ever Banega, before goalscorer Sergio Aguero - still nursing his injured shoulder - departs to warm applause. Carlos Tevez wins his 70th cap as he comes on in his place.

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    Argentina 1-0 Uruguay

    Perhaps that chance for Uruguay will remind Argentina that they are still only a Uruguay goal away from being in some trouble in the group.

    Lionel Messi gets away from Alvaro Gonzalez, but his shot from the edge of the area, trundles straight to Fernando Muslera in the Uruguay goal.

  12. WHAT A MISS!

    Argentina 1-0 Uruguay

    Oh my. Someone hide the video of this match from Diego Rolan.

    The Uruguay striker had a gold-plated chance to draw his side level as the Sergio Romero palmed Maxi Pereira's shot into his path eight yards from goal.

    But Rolan snatches at his shot and sends the ball soaring over the top.

    An eyesore of a miss.

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    Argentina 1-0 Uruguay


    Well, shovie-cuffs at least.

    There is a lot of chest-puffing and "hold me back, hold me back" after Marcos Rojo barges in on Fernando Muslera after the Uruguay goalkeeper claimed the ball cleanly.

    The referee decides there is no-one worth punishing in amongst the scrum that follows.

    Moments later there is another tussle, this time Lionel Messi and Egidio Arevalo Rios squaring up


    Argentina 1-0 Uruguay

    Abel Hernandez replaces Nicolas Lodeiro for Uruguay.


    Argentina 1-0 Uruguay

    Scintillating dribbling from Lionel Messi who leaves Alvaro Pereira swiping at the thin air where he thought the Argentine should be.

    Jose Maria Gimenez cleared at the back post.

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    Argentina 1-0 Uruguay

    A change coming up for Uruguay as Hull striker Abel Hernandez scrapes off his studs on the sidelines.


    Argentina 1-0 Uruguay

    A change from Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez who withdraws Cristian Rodriguez for Carlos Sanchez to freshen up midfield.

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    Argentina 1-0 Uruguay

    The Argentina fans are cheering every completed pass. That is a pretty full-time task at the moment. Argentina are all over the possession and Uruguay are struggling to get near them tonight.

  19. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Sergio Aguero celebrates

    Viv: Kun is da man for Argentina in this tournament. Messi still underperforming at national level. Would substitute Messi for Tevez

  20. OUCH!

    Argentina 1-0 Uruguay

    Sergio Aguero grimaces

    Sergio Aguero is down and getting treatment on a dicky shoulder. Did he injure himself in the act of scoring? Probably not, since he picked himself up and celebrated with a full-blooded double fist pump.

    Whatever the problem, Aguero is back and running.

  21. GOAL

    Argentina 1-0 Uruguay - Sergio Aguero

    Sergio Aguero heads home for Argentina

    The breakthrough arrives with a real smash-and-grab goal.

    Javier Pastore prods a loose ball into the path of Pablo Zabaleta who has only one thought in his mind, whipping a hip-high cross into the near post.

    It is a wicked delivery and Sergio Aguero applied the finish it deserves, diving full length to guide home a bullet header under massive pressure from Jose Maria Gimenez.

    A brilliant, brilliant header.

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    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    Sergio Romero had to be alive to the danger there. The Argentina goalkeeper spots Edinson Cavani peeling off his marker just in time and comes sprinting out to clear the ball over the top that is aimed at the Paris St-Germain striker.

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    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    Edinson Cavani buys a ticket, but is someway off the jackpot as his acrobatic and rising effort climbs well over the Uruguay crossbar.

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    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    And the crowd are getting on the back of the Argentine players as well.

    A duffed free-kick in a good position draws jeers. I think Angel Di Maria was the main culprit in that botch job.

  25. GOOD SAVE!

    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    That was one to keep the palms warm. Maxi Pereira wallops in an effort from a tight angle, it would have been some strike to beat Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero from there.

    Not quite of the required quality, but Romero had to be sure as he got two meaty palms behind the shot.

  26. KICK-OFF

    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    We are back up and running.

  27. Post update

    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    javeir Mascherano

    Here is a stat for you, courtesy of OptaJose on Twitter.

    Javier Mascherano has completed 50 passes in the first half, 32 more than the most-successful Uruguay player - Nicolas Lodiero with 18.

  28. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    SMK: Great performance from the referee. He doesn't blow for everything. Not tricked by the players

    John Pierce: Only 2 yellows, the refs done okay, but every tiny decision fully contested, in the battle of the River Plate.

  29. Post update

    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    Turns out that Argentina coach Gerardo Martino was sent to the stands for arguing in the first half...

    I think that Nicolas Lodiero's late challenge on Pablo Zabaleta was what got him going, but there did not look to be enough in it to make him lose his cool in a major way.

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    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    Edinson Cavani and Lionel Messi

    Edinson Cavani plays good cop as the teams troop off. Most of the Uruguay midfield and defence have already had a go at bad cop, niggling and nipping at Messi in the first 45 minutes.


    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay


    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    A bit of a barney and, surprise, surprise, Javier Mascherano is at the centre of it.

    The Argentina anchorman came snapping through the ankles of Nicolas Lodeiro and sees yellow.

    That does not cool him down though. He is deep in angry debate with Maxi Pereira over the incident.

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    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    Uruguay come back off the ropes though and apply a bit of pressure of their own.

    They are suddenly pressing a lot higher up the pitch, having apparently been happy to let Argentina come to them for most of the first half.

    It is a puzzler this match. Argentina have come off the boil and that has actually made it more interesting for the neutral.

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    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    Argentina are building a little late pressure as we tick into the final five minutes of the half.

    Fernando Muslera did not look at all comfortable from the first of two corners with a sketchy punch just about making it to safety.

    Uruguay captain Diego Godin - a man you would definitely want in your trench rather than the one opposite - saves his goalkeeper the bother on the second, heading well clear.

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    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    Angel Di Maria's heavily deflected shot briefly looks like it is going to cause Fernando Muslera problems. The Uruguay goalkeeper makes light work of it though, bustling through a forest of bodies to claim the ball as it loops back down.

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    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    Lovely silky feet from Javier Pastore, teasing and tormenting defenders like a prize matador, and winning a corner for Argentina.

    Uruguay clear though and they will be pleased with their work so far. Unbreached and with at least two good chances to take the lead.

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    John Pierce: Messi losing his rag as Uruguay, nick, pick, hack their way at the number 10.


    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    Nicolas Lodeiro lunges in on Pablo Zabaleta and becomes the first name into the book.

    Uruguay manger Oscar Tabarez is unimpressed with the punishment dished out to his man and marches out of his technical area and down the tunnel.

    Was he sent that way or did he takes himself out of the situation before the officials took action? Not quite clear.

  39. CLOSE!

    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    Slowly but surely Uruguay are muscling in on this game.

    Maxi Pereira gets free on the lift, whips in the cross and Diego Rolan gets up over Pablo Zabaleta. Five yards out he should be doing better, but his firm header is wide.

    Head in hands.

  40. CLOSE!

    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    Lionel Messi in action against Uruguay

    If he can't score himself, he is very able to pick out one of Argentina's other attackers who has been left in acres.

    Lionel Messi draws defenders to him like filings to a magnet before lifting a lovely cross where Sergio Aguero has ghosted in.

    The Manchester City striker's header is a little over-eager though and Uruguay goakeeper Fernando Muslera is able to get down and smother as it fails to come off his forehead cleanly.

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    Rich Sears: Early morning Copa. But who wouldn't want to know what's going when Messi, Aguero & Di Maria are playing!

    Our thoughts exactly Rich.

  42. Post update

    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    After being penned back deep in their own half, suddenly Uruguay carve out a couple of chances.

    First Cristian Rodriguez's teasing cross is just over the top of the despairing Deigo Rolan, who would have had a free header three yards out. Argentina clear for a corner, but Diego Godin is up highest at the resulting set-piece, nodding downwards but just wide at the far post.

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    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    Lionel Messi

    Lionel Messi is roaming about trying to shake off the shackles. Argentina's star man leaves Cristian Rodriguez choking on fumes, but has his way blocked by full-back Alvaro Perreira with a cynical and well-disguised body-check.

    He escapes a booking and the free-kick comes to nothing.

  44. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    David Sinclair: Been to Chile twice and want to go back more and more because of the passion of the people, no better place for a tournament

    Anthony Ryan: Tabarez using the classic Mourinho 4-3-3/4-5-1 with Arevalo Ríos playing as Makelele, Rolan and Rodríguez for Duff and Robben.

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  45. Post update

    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    This feels like Uruguay are hanging onto a 1-0 lead in the 85th minute, rather than still on level terms after quarter of an hour.

    Anywhere will do for their flustered defence, booting upfield aimlessly with all 10 outfield players camped back to lend help a defensive hand.

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    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    Angel Di Maria is shaking much more of a leg than he did at the end of last season at Manchester United. The winger comes off his flank to pop up in the Uruguay area and has no hesitation about taking on a tricky bounce and testing angle on the half-volley.

    It comes off his instep sweetly, but swerves wide of the near post.

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    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera makes a save

    Angel Di Maria - in almost precisely the same position wide of the goal from which Gonzalo Higuain scored the winner against Belgium at last summer's World Cup - shoots but Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera drops on it with some time to spare.

    One-way traffic so far. And Uruguay are struggling to get out their own driveway.

  48. Text us on 81111

    Andrew, Richhill: The Copa America is always a very entertaining competition. Great teams, great individual players and what stands out the most is the great fans. You'll not find more passionate, vibrant fans anywhere else in the world.

  49. Post update

    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    First effort at goal and it comes from Argentina. They have started very well, full of life and invention.

    Sergio Aguero scampers down a channel and only a sliding block from Jose Maria Gimenez saves Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Musclera from getting his gloves dirty.

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    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    Argentina build neatly and nippily as Javier Pastore and Angel Di Maria attempt a one-two. The Uruguay defence have got a toe in to check their momentum, but they are having to keep fully switched on.

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    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    Lionel Messi in action against Uruguay

    If in doubt, put it out.

    No nonsense from Uruguay defender Jose Maria Gimenez who lumps the ball out for an Argentina throw midway inside his own half.

    He was under very little pressure really, but having that Argentina forward line buzzing around you can make a man jumpy.

  52. KICK-OFF

    Argentina 0-0 Uruguay

    Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi look very jovial, chuckling away as they wait for the referee's whistle.

    There it is. Time to get the game face on guys. They tap the ball between themselves to get us going.

  53. Post update

    Argentina v Uruguay (00:30 BST)

    Well, they are two anthems that make God Save the Queen sound like the shipping forecast.

    Full of shouty passion, soaring strings and overblown brass section. Lovely stuff.

    Here we go.

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    Matt Friday: Would love to see Messi-Aguero-Tevez pitted against Messi-Suarez-Neymar. Imagine seeing two Lionel Messi's on one pitch!

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  55. Post update

    Argentina v Uruguay (00:30 BST)

    Uruguay fan

    The atmosphere is toasty in La Serena despite the ground holding in the region of just 18,000.

    The fans are ready. And here come the teams! Argentina and Uruguay emerge to a flutter of tickertape.

    Uruguay's anthem is first on the jukebox...

  56. Text us on 81111

    Alex, Ironbridge: Lavezzi should be starting on the left. Di Maria should be introduced as an impact sub until he regains form.

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  57. Post update

    Argentina v Uruguay (00:30 BST)

    Highlights tab

    Playing catch-up on the Copa America?

    Have no fear, because at the top of this page we have a smorgasbord of the best bits of the tournament so far, including Neymar's starring role for Brazil against Peru and a six-goal thriller between Chile and Mexico.

    Just click on the highlights tab and pick and chose the choicest cuts.

  58. Post update


    If Jurgen Klopp said he tried to get his Borussia Dortmund side to play "heavy metal football" - furious pace, aggression and tempo - I think Gerardo Martino's style is more "reverse-mullet football".

    The Argentina boss favours keeping it tight and businesslike at the back while getting messily creative up top.

    "We have to be disorganized when we attack and organised when we don't have the ball," Martino said.

    "The first half against Paraguay wasn't just good, it was very good. In that first half we played the best football in my time as coach with Argentina."

  59. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tiarnan Guinée: I think Argentina should've adopted a traditional 4-0-6 for tonight's game.

    Ejikeme Ike IkeChi: Kun, Messi and Maria. Scary front three, the Uruguay defence will have their work cut out today.

    sibandelawrence: it's a straight fight between Tevez, Kun and Higuain. Kun wins & I will go 4 Lavezzi - di Maria had probably the worst season of his career

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  60. Post update

    Argentina v Uruguay (00:30 BST)

    Argentina warming up

    There is some great footage of Diego Maradona warming up while playing for Napoli in the late eighties.

    While his mere mortal team-mates are dutifully jogging about and stretching off, Maradona jigs about, casually juggling the ball off all bits of his body like he has it on a string.

    This modern day Argentina side seem to be adopting a similar approach. Part of their warm-up has consisted of a game of group keepy-up limited to just the use of their shoulders.

  61. In Godin we trust

    Argentina v Uruguay (00:30 BST)

    Lionel Messi and Diego Godin

    Uruguay captain Diego Godin knows first hand the damage that Argentina top dog Lionel Messi can cause to opposition defences.

    He has faced Messi four times this past season, playing for Atletico Madrid against Barcelona. Messi has scored three goals in those four games - including the only goal in the 17 May victory that secured Barca the La Liga title.

    "There is no formula to stop Messi, otherwise someone would have already achieved it. There is no single recipe, it's a team effort," Godin told La Nacion.

    "We must do it together, because if not, it's impossible that he won't hurt us."

  62. Text us on 81111

    Matt in Exeter: Currently sat in the birth unit waiting with the wife for our first born!! Should it be a boy wont be called Luis...but maybe Lionel or Sergio....!! ! #squeakybumtime

    We all love the Copa but you are taking dedication to a whole new level.

    Sam, Edinburgh: How could they have Di Maria starting and Tevez on the bench? The former having a mediocre session and the latter being his club's top scorer. Something else clearly going on there.

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  63. Post update

    Argentina v Uruguay (00:30 BST)

    Fancy dress at football grounds?

    Irritating when it is a worse-for-wear stag do dressed as smurfs and standing in the aisles of your local team.

    A whole lot more charming done Copa America style.

    Top marks for this fella's use of sticky back plastic to ape Uruguay's national flag:

    uruguay fan

    While this Argentina fan treads pretty close to Kermit's copyright in support of the Albiceleste.

    Argentina fan

    Paraguay 1-0 Jamaica

    Edgar Benitez's goal is enough to continue Paraguay's unbeaten start to the Copa.

    They battled back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Argentina in their opening game and now have four points from two games.

    Jamaica - well, they're pointless and goalless after two narrow defeats. And keeper Duwayne Kerr will not enjoy watching highlights of this one - highlights that will be available to watch on the BBC website for UK users on Wednesday.

  65. Cameroom come on strong

    Cameroon celebrate

    While you are waiting for the heat spray, shinpads and alice bands to be applied by the Uruguay and Argentina XIs, why not pay a quick trip over to the Womens' World Cup pages where a little tremor of an upset has rippled through Group C.

    Cameroon, the second-lowest ranked team in the tournament, have recovered from a goal down to beat Switzerland.

    You can watch action and reaction from that over here.

  66. LINE-UPS

    Argentina v Uruguay (00:30 BST)

    Argentina starting XI: Romero, Zabaleta, Garay, Otamendi, Rojo, Biglia, Mascherano, Pastore, Messi, Aguero, Di Maria

    Uruguay starting XI: Muslera, A.Pereira, Gimenez, Godin, M.Pereira, Gonzalez, Rios, Lodiero, Rodriguez, Rolan, Cavani.

  67. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Robert Gibson: what a pairing kun and the goat! Frightening

    Goat? Greatest of all time? Messi anyone?

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  68. BreakingBreaking team news

    The teams are out.

    The big news for Argentina is the return of defensive midfielder Lucas Biglia, who replaces Ever Banega. Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angle di Maria continue as the attacking trio.

    Uruguay have Edinson Cavani leading the line.

    Line-ups to come.

  69. Join the debate at #bbcfootball or 81111

    Argentina's bench against Paraguay

    I think this is what they call "a nice problem to have".

    In Argentina's opening match against Paraguay, boss Gerardo Martino opted for a front three of Lionel Messi and Angle Di Maria either side of Sergio Aguero.

    That meant Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain and Ezequiel Lavezzi were left riding the pine of the subs bench.

    Good call? Or would you rejig Argentina's attacking resources?

    Let us know on #bbcfootball, 81111 on text and the BBC Sport Facebook and Google+ pages.

  70. Elsewhere

    Paraguay 1-0 Jamaica

    We are already deep into the second half of the day's opening match in Group B.

    Paraguay lead Jamaica 1-0 thanks to a real freak show of a goal. Jamaica's goalkeeper Duwayne Kerr came rushing out of his area and headed the ball straight into Edgar Benitez and could only watch as the ball dribbled back over his shoulder and into the net.

    Ten to go in that.

  71. The story so far

    Argentina v Uruguay (00:30 BST)

    Copa America table

    Both teams will be attempting to make up for underwhelming opening games.

    Goals from Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi had Argentina ticking along nicely against Paraguay, but a 2-0 lead evaporated in the second half with the underdogs fighting back to claim a draw.

    Cristian Rodriguez's goal - the game's only goal - saw a nervy Uruguay edge past a spirited Jamaica.

    Plenty of room for improvement for both.

    You can see video highlights of those two games by clicking through on the links above or checking out the highlights tab at the top of this page.

  72. Shin pad shenanigans

    Argentina v Uruguay (00:30 BST)


    This is the scene in the Argentina dressing room. Note Sergio Aguero's shinpads which feature the Kun manga cartoon character that spawned his nickname.

  73. Post update

    Luis Suarez
    Image caption: No Luis Suarez this time around as he pays for planting his mouth on Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder rather than silverwar

    Relations between the two nations maybe patchy, but the quality of the players on show certainly isn't.

    Argentina and Uruguay are ranked third and eighth in the world currently.

    A Uruguay side boasting the flair of Luis Suarez, the class of Edinson Cavani and the wiles of Diego Godin won the last Copa America in 2011.

    An Argentina side juggling attacking riches including Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel di Maria are favourites to take it off them this time around.

    And they have been lobbed together in the group stages to get the Copa party really kicking.

  74. Rio Plata Rivals

    Uruguay's World Cup winning team of 1930

    Ahead of the 1930 World Cup final, the mutual bad blood and mistrust between Argentina and Uruguay was so bad, they could barely play together at all.

    Only when Fifa brokered a deal with one team supplying the ball for the first half and the other providing one for the second, did the game get going.

    After Uruguay's win, a mob stoned the country's consulate in Buenos Aires.

    It has rarely improved since.

    "Uruguay are thuggish knuckleheads," according to the Argentine stereotype.

    "Argentina are whining prima donnas," is the Uruguayan equivalent.

    Welcome to the latest episode in one of football's great feuds.