Football

Sabella rues missed chances

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella rued his side's failure to take their chances after the South Americans' World Cup final defeat by Germany this morning (Singapore time).

Gonzalo Higuain missed a glorious first-half chance to put Argentina ahead, while Lionel Messi also squandered a good opening in the second half.

Instead Germany, who controlled possession, struck an extra-time winner through Mario Goetze.

"It was a very balanced game," Sabella said.

"They had more possession, but we had more cutting edge, more chances.

"When there are chances in a game that is so evenly balanced, you have to take them. We lacked a bit of efficiency."

Sabella, meanwhile, praised his players for recovering from a gruelling semi-final to take Germany all the way to the wire.

"We played a day later and extra time, and the only thing I can do is congratulate my players," he said.

"The work they did was extraordinary, and also I congratulate Germany." 
- AFP.

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