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World Cup 2014

Thousands welcome home Argentina after final defeat

Published on Jul 14, 2014 11:43 PM

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Thousands of people greeted a crestfallen Lionel Messi and the rest of the Argentina team when the squad flew home to Buenos Aires on Monday after the World Cup final defeat to Germany.

Television networks carried live coverage of the Aerolineas Argentinas plane - painted in the blue-and-white colours of the flag with the words "Thank you Argentina" - as it touched down.

Coach Alejandro Sabella led the team off the plane and onto three buses that took them to be welcomed by President Cristina Kirchner at the nearby offices of the Argentine Football Association, an event that was closed to the media.

"We gave everything we had," Sabella said as he crossed the tarmac at Ezeiza International Airport.

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