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Report: Maradona loses first game with Gimnasia

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Diego Maradona lost his first game as manager of Gimnasia.

On his return to management, things are not going to plan for Diego Maradona.

The Argentine legend, recently returned to football management, when he was appointed as the manager of Gimnasia.

He gave a rousing speech upon his appointment, declaring to “give his heart and soul to the club.”

Gimnasia are strugglers and relegation battlers in the Argentine Superliga. Upon his appointment, Maradona vowed to save the club from failure.

Facing his one time employers Racing Club,  Maradona’s Gimnasia fell to a 2-1 defeat.

Racing Club took a first-half lead through Diego Gonzales. But Maradona’s Gimnasia fought back to equalise with a goal from Ariel Garcia.

However, their hopes of snatching a draw and a valuable point from the defending league champions were crushed with a 54th-minute goal from Matias Zaracho.

While the one-time superstar of Argentinian football was hurt by the defeat, he was defiant in his teams’ superiority.

According to Goal.com, he said:

“We didn’t stop looking for the equaliser.”

“These things happen in football and you have to turn the page.”

“My soul hurts because I don’t think the champions of Argentina were better than us. At no time were they better than us.”

“But they have quality players who keep the ball and you can’t get it, you have to run twice as much.”

This is Maradona first job in his native Argentina since he departed company with the national team in 2010.

His management career has been a roller-coaster ride, to say the least. He has hopped from one team to the next, and country to country.

He only parted company with Mexican second-tier side Dorados. He left them in June for apparent health reasons. He was then tempted back into the hot seat in early September by Gimnasia.

His side are planted firmly at the bottom of the league with five losses and one draw from the first six games of the season.

Their next games see them take on Tallares Cordoba and then River Plate.