A pitch-side microphone situated somewhere close to Alejandro Sabella picked up a lot of what he had to say during the game, and the Argentina manager certainly did not mince his words when addressing his players.
Argentines are fond of colorful language at the best of times, so it is not surprising that the tensions surrounding a derby match against a traditional rival brought about some creative cussing from "The Sloth."
In all seriousness, it was fascinating to eavesdrop on the directions the coach sent out to his charges.
In particular, he was insistent that the defenders, whenever they received the ball, feed it to deep-lying midfielder Lucas Biglia as quickly as possible—no doubt to ensure it was well-distributed further up the pitch.
The former Estudiantes coach was also frequently displeased with Augusto Fernandez's positioning on the right side of midfield. Fernandez is a fringe player who may not have done his chances of making the final squad much good by failing to follow instructions.