Argentine police have clashed with rioters in the capital Buenos Aires after the country’s defeat to Germany in the football World Cup final, leaving at least 50 people detained and 15 police officers injured.
Thousands of people had earlier gathered around the city’s Obelisk monument to party despite the result. The scene however turned violent later in the evening as dozens of youths began throwing rocks at police and damaging store fronts.
Local media reported that hardcore football fans were responsible for some of the violence. Rioting broke out on the city’s main thoroughfare on Sunday evening while some incidents of looting were also reported.
Before the violence, many had gathered to celebrate Argentina’s performance in the tournament, with many saying they were still proud of the team despite the loss.
Unlike the host nation, Brazil, who’ve had a disastrous tournament on the pitch, Argentina have exceeded expectations and came very close to winning their third World Cup title.
The team is expected to arrive back in Buenos Aires from Brazil later on Monday.