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Thursday, 15 October 2009

Diego Maradona has slammed Argentina's press after his side beat Uruguay 1-0 to qualify for next summer's World Cup in South Africa.

Huracan midfielder Mario Bolatti, winning just his third cap, fired home with six minutes remaining after the home defence failed to deal with Juan Sebastian Veron's drilled effort from a free-kick.

After being subjected to repeated criticism during his side's far from straightforward qualifying campaign, Maradona wasted little time in lambasting his critics following a night of high drama in Montevideo on Wednesday.

"The win is going to all Argentineans, except the journalists," the South American icon declared.

"They (the journalists) treat me like dirt, but we qualified with honour.

"I dedicate this to all of the Argentinean people and my family, but one sector does not deserve it because they treated me like garbage.

"They invented fights with Carlos Bilardo, among other things.

"I don't usually read the newspapers or listen to sports programmes but my daughters do and they told me what had been said about me. So, I repeat, to all those that said anything against me, keep eating your words.

"I am very proud of my players, they made me feel a real coach because all of what we had planned in dressing room, they did it on the pitch.

"Now we have a lot of time for working calmly and for analysing many things."

"This qualification is thanks to my players, who played like men and now consecrate my role as a coach."

Argentina's win relgated Uruguay to a play-off clash with CONCACAF representatives Costa Rica, although Maradona believes his coutry's South American counterparts will still be in South Africa next year.

"Uruguay has a very good team and a coach in Oscar Tabarez that I admire and respect. Uruguay can qualify for the World Cup.

"That is what I want because I have many friends in their country."


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