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Argentina riot police clash with fans after World Cup loss (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Published time: July 14, 2014 02:15
Edited time: July 15, 2014 12:01

Argentina's fans clash with riot police after Argentina lost to Germany in their 2014 World Cup final soccer match in Brazil, at a public square viewing area in Buenos Aires July 13, 2014. (Reuters / Ivan Alvarado)

Disturbances have taken place in Buenos Aires after Argentina's national team lost the World Cup final 1-0 to Germany. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse angry fans.

Read more: Germany wins World Cup after 1-0 victory over Argentina (PHOTOS)

The clashes occurred in the center of the Argentinian capital, near the landmark Obelisk of Buenos Aires, where thousands of people peacefully gathered earlier to cheer for their team.

The violence erupted when a group of 15 football fans climbed onto a TV news van and ripped off the antenna. The situation then further deteriorated as youths hurled rocks and vandalized stores in the city center after the World Cup loss.

Elsewhere in the Argentine capital, disgruntled fans set fire to trash cans and blocked roads with makeshift barricades.

More than 30 people were detained and some 20 injured – 15 of them police – Telam news agency reported, citing police sources.

Argentina's fans clash with riot police after Argentina lost to Germany in their 2014 World Cup final soccer match in Brazil, at a public square viewing area in Buenos Aires, July 13, 2014. (Reuters / Ivan Alvarado)

Meanwhile, there have been reports of similar disturbances in San Miguel – a northwest region of Greater Buenos Aires. Police detained five people there. Violence also broke out in the city of La Plata where police reportedly detained 10 people for disturbing the peace.

Argentina's fans run away from tear gas as they clash with riot police in Buenos Aires after Argentina lost to Germany in their 2014 World Cup final soccer match in Brazil, July 13, 2014. (Reuters / Ivan Alvarado)

Despite the late Sunday clashes, the majority of Argentinians have accepted the loss with dignity. Earlier in the evening, thousands of fans came to the Obelisk monument, waving the national flag determined to party in celebrate reaching the World Cup final.

"I feel proud to be Argentine. To wear this shirt on the day of a final is priceless," university student Marcelo Dailoff told Reuters. "The players brought joy to Argentina after so long. Quite simply, thank you."

"The players put everything into the game, their hearts and souls. They lost the best way possible, not like Brazil who were smashed to smithereens," 32-year-old Lorena Hak told the news agency.

Police stand guard next to people who were detained during riots after Argentina lost to Germany in their 2014 World Cup final soccer match in Brazil, in downtown Buenos Aires July 13, 2014. (Reuters / Ivan Alvarado)

Argentina supporters react after Argentina lost to Germany in their 2014 World Cup final soccer match in Brazil, during a screening at a beach in Rincon de la Victoria, near Malaga, late July 13, 2014. (Reuters / Jon Nazca)

Comments (33)

 

Mahadesh Vishwamurthy 16.07.2014 05:15

Argentina gave vary good fight, (because of bad luck miss few opportunity) runner-up in a such a big also a great achievement

 

Pedro Sciammarella 15.07.2014 18:33

To all haters, read the news, 1 casualty and one shot in germany because of the world cup, and they won, there were also burnings in brasil, so dont point your finguer to a nation, violence has no flags

 

Noilly Turley 15.07.2014 16:43

It is shameful that for a few bad apples, and I mean maybe 8 to 10 started some violent riots in Argentina. Argentina's people are peaceful and loving and they are happy that their team is second in the whole world. This disturbance was made by those few. Do not blame the whole country.

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