Masters of their domain

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

The most common word heard in the festive streets of Buenos Aires this morning might very well be dinastia!

In English, the term means dynasty, a fitting description for a country that has transformed the FIFA Under-20 World Cup into its own personal playground.

With the stands at the National Soccer Stadium transformed into a sea of powder blue and white yesterday, Argentina won the tournament for an unprecedented sixth time thanks to a nail-biting come-from-behind 2-1 victory over a feisty Czech Republic side.

After the final whistle had tooted, the magnitude of the moment sunk in for coach Hugo Tocalli.

In his 13 years of involvement with the national program, the Argentines have captured this event five times including the past two.

"It is one of the happiest days of my career," Tocalli said. "It was a difficult game, but I am overjoyed that we managed to win the World Cup again."

It proved to be a more difficult task than many predicted.

When the two teams opened the tournament three weeks ago, they battled each other to a 0-0 draw. The score masked the dominance of the Argentines, who outshot the Czechs 29-3 and had nothing to show for it.

This time around, the Czechs stunned the Argentines by opening the scoring in the 60th minute on a rocket from striker Martin Fenin.

As the officials fished the ball out of the back of the Argentine net, captain Sergio Aguero knew it was gut-check time for his heavily favoured squad.

"I was shocked at (being down 1-0)," Aguero said. "But we looked each other in the face and said: 'We've got to get it back.' "

Aguero took matters into his own hands, scoring his tournament-leading sixth goal just 90 seconds after the underdog Czechs had zipped into the lead.

Then, with the clock precariously ticking down to extra time, Mauro Zarate's shot-side effort fooled Czech goalie Radek Petr in the 86th minute.

Easily the class of the event, Aguero captured both the Golden Boot as top scorer and the Golden Ball award as its best player.

His Golden Ball came 28 years after Argentine legend Diego Maradona captured the same honour.

"Obviously I remember Maradona, so it's nice to win the same award," Aguero said.

Losing coach Miroslav Soukup took consolation in the fact that his team won the silver medal.

"It was a very entertaining game, but Argentina showed why they are so many times world champs," he said.

And that is why they are being called a dinastia back home.


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