WORLD CUP 2018

Argentina fans show how football is a religion

Argentina fans celebrating at St Petersburg Stadium after the winning goal from Marcos Rojo (far left, with captain Lionel Messi, who scored the opening goal) sent the South American side through to the round of 16.
Argentina fans celebrating at St Petersburg Stadium after the winning goal from Marcos Rojo (below, with captain Lionel Messi, who scored the opening goal) sent the South American side through to the round of 16.PHOTO: REUTERS

ST PETERSBURG • It was almost impossible to talk to the fanatical Argentinian fans inside the spaceship-looking St Petersburg Stadium during their World Cup Group D game against Nigeria on Tuesday.

Tens of thousands of Argentinians from Banfield to Buenos Aires, San Juan to Santa Fe were in full cry for almost the entire 90 minutes, with their eyes permanently fixed on the action on the pitch.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 28, 2018, with the headline 'Argentina fans show how football is a religion'. Print Edition | Subscribe