Oye! Maradona crashes to earth.
Literally from the heady climes of La Paz. From the easy toying of Venezuela on Saturday to a disastrous show where Messi and Tevez were rendered useless. The Bolivians inflicted a 6-1 punishment on the Albiceleste, the likes which they had not seen in more than half a century.
Leading the way was Marcelo Martins who has both Brazilian and Bolivian nationality scoring the first goal. Lucho Gonzalez equalized with a long range shot which bounced awkwardly in front of the Bolivian goalie and flew in. But Bolivia kept up the pressure and Alex da Rosa, a naturalized Bolivian of Brazilian extraction added another one.
By half time the Bolivians were up by three goals and they did not rest in the second half either, scoring three more. Joaquin Botero scored a hat trick. Lucho Gonzalez pirouetted like a dervish but to no avail. Angel Di Maria substituted Maxi Rodriguez and was ejected for a foul on Ronald Garcia.
Argentina's defense was found brittle and slow footed. It remains questionable and so does the goal keeping quality. This is a blip in their World Cup qualification but for the big dance they better find someone better than Gabriel Heinze and Emiliano Papa in defense otherwise it will be another premature exit.
Update: The FIFA website backs up this score. This definitely is not an April Fools joke.