Argentina fans silenced as Germany score

ARGH: Argentinian supporters Isabel Parodi and Martha Desimone react after the Germans scored.
ARGH: Argentinian supporters Isabel Parodi and Martha Desimone react after the Germans scored.

There were tears over beers as New Plymouth's Argentines watched their team lose the football World Cup final.

With just minutes left on the clock in extra time, Germany scored the only goal of the match, which silenced the Argentines packed into Crowded House yesterday morning.

Football fan Constanza Munoz, 17, burst into tears after the final whistle sounded.

Argentinian supporters Santiago Romero and Sergio Fondeville wince.
Argentinian supporters Santiago Romero and Sergio Fondeville wince.

"I'm just so sad," she said. "But I'm so proud of them too."

The match was the best of the Fifa World Cup, she said, and Argentina player Lionel Messi had been the player of the tournament.

"He's the best player in the world."

She had followed the games religiously and had been up at 4am more times in the past month than in her entire life.

"Sometimes I would be late for school. I just love football so much."

Although she is from Punta Arenas, Chile, her family lived closer to an Argentinian town than they they did a Chilean town.

"That's why I support them. We feel like we are Argentinian."

Fellow Chilean Rodrigo Winkler was there to support Germany and was pleased to see the Argentines go down.

"Having the opportunity to see Germany win in a bar with 25 Argentines around is awesome," he said.

"It's almost the best thing that's ever happened to me."

Winkler has German family and went to a German school, so the win was exactly what he was hoping for.

"No more celebrating though, I've got to go to work."

Argentinian woman Martha Desimone had her face painted in her home country's colours and spent the game chanting and cheering.

"We haven't slept, we are so excited," she said.

"We have been nervous for three days."

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