Tevez sent off again in poor Argentina qualifier

If it happens again, you could almost say it is becoming a habit.

And while there is no way we could ever prefix the words 'Carlos Tevez' with 'Bad boy' (he is such a nice lad) another sending off in another World Cup qualifier doesn't bode well. Again, it was frustration that led to Tevez's hard tackle against Dario Veron.

Off the back of Argentina's U23 Olympic gold success, they should have gone into the game against Paraguay brimming with confidence, and they did for 11 minutes until Gabriel Heinze's own goal.

Tevez heads for another early bath 

Argentina then reverted to the team that has failed to win any of their last four top flight games, and one that has annoyed the Argentine public as jeers yet again echoed around the Monumental Stadium as they humbly walked off the pitch with a point thanks to Sergio Aguero's 61st minute goal.  

Argentine football fans are asking themselves 'que carajo paso?' or, more politely, what the hell is going on?

True, they were playing against the World Cup qualifying table toppers, Paraguay, who have had a superb run winning 14 points in seven games. Argentina have 12 points.

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It looks good on paper, but on the pitch the disjointed team of truly world-class players fail to gel in any meaningful wey. The pressure is now on coach 'Coco' Basile to engineer a good win against Peru in Lima on Wednesday.

The raw materials are there, but the cohesion has been lacking for too long, and the fickle finger of blame is moving against the previously impervious coach.

While Brazil's excellent 3-0 win against Chile abated the equally angry Brazilians and their poor team, it is Argentina that should be one of the best teams on the planet, taking advantage of Brazil's weakness.

But lets face, they ain't and it hurts.

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