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Di Maria wants a final spot

Saturday, July 12, 2014

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazi - Argentina winger Angel Di Maria has intensified his efforts of getting fit in time to play in the World Cup final against Germany.

The Real Madrid player, who is recovering from a thigh injury he suffered in the quarter-final against Belgium, jogged around the pitch, did short sprints and trained at the gym at Argentina's camp outside Belo Horizonte.

The rest of the Argentina squad did recovery exercises after their penalty-shootout semi-final win over the Netherlands on Wednesday.

"We are not in the final for nothing, it did not happen by chance. We have played a great World Cup," striker Sergio Aguero told reporters after training.

Aguero recalled the 2010 World Cup quarter-final in which Germany gave Argentina a 4-0 pounding and said they made "mistakes" that the South Americans should not make again.

"A set-piece changed the game for us," he said of Germany's first goal in that match.

Aguero said that Argentina "have to win" the final.

"Germany are a great opponent and have been in every World Cup. We have to stick to our game and have to win the match whatever it takes," he said.

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