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Tension and tears as Ireland humbled by Argentina

By Nevin Farrell

Ireland's Rugby World Cup ambitions were thwarted by a shock Argentina onslaught in the quarter-finals yesterday.

Fans including Rory McIlroy were stunned as the whistle blew after The Pumas pummelled Ireland by 43-20.

Claudine Coyle, from Newry, was at the match and told the Belfast Telegraph she was "gutted". "It was a sad day and it just wasn't to be," she said. "The atmosphere was electrifying, and there were a lot more Argentinians there than I thought there would be, but the Irish were good after the match and there was good banter."

Rory McIlroy tweeted: "You've done your country proud @IrishRugby. Just wasn't meant to be... All credit to Argentina, immense all over the pitch today!"

Fellow golf star Darren Clarke added: "Gutted for Ireland but Argentina were brilliant."

And Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said: 'Congratulations, Argentina, well deserved winners. Hard luck, Ireland."

Ireland fan Lisa McAllister wrote on Facebook: "Every time I go to an Ireland game, they lose. Every time I watch it in the pub, they win. There is a lesson here."

The Irish Rugby twitter site added: "Our journey is over. Thank you for being with us every step of the way."

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