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Argentina Out of World Cup

12 June 2002

MIYAGI, Japan – As reported by the Associated Press: "…Two-time champion Argentina followed in France's footsteps Wednesday and fell out of the World Cup after a 1-1 tie with Sweden in Group F.

"Sweden, which finished atop the nicknamed `group of death', advanced to the second round.

"The Argentines, who again failed to turn overwhelming possession into goals, found the back of the net just twice in three games and left the tournament after their worst campaign in 40 years.

"…Sweden, under immense pressure from the start, somehow managed to keep Argentina's never-ending stream of attacks at bay. The point was enough to send the Swedes into the second round, where it will meet Senegal.

"Against the run of play, the Swedes took the lead with a wonderful curling free kick from Anders Svensson after 59 minutes.

" Argentina threw everything it had in search of goals, bringing on Lazio striker Hernan Crespo, Manchester United's Juan Sebastian Veron and Valencia's Kily Gonzalez.

"But chance after chance went astray, with players either missing the target or frustrated by Swedish goalkeeper Magnus Hedman.

"…Crespo equalized in the 88th minute, firing in a rebound after Ariel Ortega's penalty was saved by Hedman.

"That sparked a frenzied end as Argentina charged, but to no avail.

"… Argentina could count itself unlucky -- but was left to ponder how it could have created so many opportunities and yet scored only two goals in the whole competition.

"…Argentina's star-studded squad was left to rue its misses…"

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