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Argentina and "The Beautiful Game"

If anyone out there doesn't understand references to soccer as "the beautiful game," they need only be shown how expertly Argentina carved apart Serbia & Montenegro yesterday in Gelsenkirchen. Casual fans know who Wayne Rooney, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho are, but "If you're really curious about all the commotion surrounding this event," said The San Francisco Chronicle, "we hope you caught Argentina's 6-0 dismantling of Serbia and Montenegro on Friday morning." As good as Argentina's all-around performance wasand it was very, very goodSerbia & Montenegro never showed up at this game. Internal bickering has clouded over this team since the tournament began and despite its reputation as a solid defensive side, which was well-earned in World Cup qualifying, it was the Serbs' backline that collapsed completely after Argentina scored their splendid second. However, it doesn't matter: the World Cup now has its signature performance.

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