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Man United and Man City stars shine for Argentina

Sergio Aguero netted for Argentina. Credit: PA

Angel Di Maria scored twice and Lionel Messi was in inspired form as Argentina made it into the Copa America final with a 6-1 hammering of Paraguay.

The Albiceleste, runners-up in last summer's World Cup, will try to win their first continental title for 22 years after a one-sided game which saw Di Maria's Manchester United team-mate Marcos Rojo and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero also on target along with Javier Pastore and Gonzalo Higuain.

Lucas Barrios had cut the half-time deficit to just 2-1 but it is Argentina who will meet hosts Chile on Saturday at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago.

Leo Messi was on form, but not on the scoresheet. Credit: PA

Boca Juniors expelled from Libertadores Cup

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Argentina football club Boca Juniors have been expelled from the Libertadores Cup after players from opposition club River Plate were apparently attacked with pepper spray during a game, the South American Football Association has announced.

Officials also hit Boca with a $200,000 fine and ordered it to play four home games behind closed doors and other four away games with no traveling support.

Four River Plate players were taken to hospital after they were sprayed with some sort of irritant by fans of their arch rivals on Thursday, causing their cup derby to be abandoned at halftime.

The rivalry between the two Buenos Aires sides is one of the most heated in the world. It pits Boca, a traditionally working-class team, against up-town rivals known as the "Millionaires".


Argentine ambassador summoned to FCO in fresh row

The Argentine ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Office yesterday in a fresh diplomatic row about the Falkland Islands, officials have said.

Last week, Argentina's president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and ambassador Alicia Castro launched new criticism of the UK Government's plan to boost defences on the islands.

Argentina's Prime Minister Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been vocal in reasserting its claim to the islands. Credit: Reuters/Marcos Brindicci

It has also been suggested oil firms could be prosecuted if they start work in the waters around the islands without formal permission from Argentina.

The UK has no doubt about its sovereignty over the Falkland Islands and surrounding maritime areas, nor about the Falkland Islanders' right to decide their own future.

We object strongly to recent statements by the Argentine president and the Argentine ambassador to London and so summoned the ambassador to account for these.

– Foreign Office spokesman

Investigators probe Argentina helicopter crash site

Investigators at the helicopter crash site Credit: Reuters

Specialist investigators have picked through the wreckage of two helicopters that crashed in Argentina, killing 10 people including three French sports stars.

The eight French nationals and two Argentine pilots on the two aircraft were killed when they collided and burst into flames shortly after taking off on Monday near the remote settlement of Villa Castelli in the north west of the country.

The burnt out wreckage of one of the helicopters Credit: Reuters

The investigators removed mobile phones, bits of paper and other charred and unrecognisable items from the crash site. French officials have said they would work with Argentine investigators to determine the cause of the accident.

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