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Argentina finds victory in first game without Maradona

By Jack Maddox, CNN
  • Argentina travels to Ireland, wins 1-0 in new Aviva Stadium
  • It was the team's first game since ousting Diego Maradona as coach
  • Argentina's fast-flowing, high-scoring style subdued a bit during game

(CNN) -- Argentina defeated the Republic of Ireland 1-0 courtesy of a disputed goal by Angel di Maria on Wednesday.

The team traveled to Ireland for its first game without enigmatic ex-coach Diego Maradona and managed to find victory in Ireland's new Aviva Stadium. The fast-flowing and high goal-scoring football for which Argentina is known wasn't as strong as it was during the World Cup, but there were still glimpses of their attacking prowess courtesy of stars such as Lionel Messi.

But the goal that set the two teams apart came off the back of a disputed play in which Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain appeared to be in an offside position before nudging the ball on for di Maria to tidily lob the ball over the stranded Irish goal keeper and into the back of the net.

Robbie Keane, earning his 100th cap for Ireland, came close to tying the score late in the game but was stopped by a superb tackle by Martin Demichelis before Argentina held out for the win.