What was meant to be a celebration of Argentina's performance in the 2014 World Cup has turned violent. Police officers used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse rock-throwing youths in Buenos Aires.

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Police officers wearing riot gear detain a man in a cloud of tear gasAFP

Thousands of Argentina fans, saddened but proud, had gathered peacefully at the Obelisk to applaud their team's best World Cup performance in 24 years.

A group of youths hurled rocks, destroyed shop fronts, tore down street lights and broke into a theatre.

Police said 20 officers were injured while at least 60 people were arrested.

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A tear gas canister detonates near the Obelisk in Buenos AiresAFP
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Argentina fans clash with riot police at the Obelisk in Buenos AiresAFP
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An overturned rubbish bin is set on fireAFP
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Police officers detain a man after violence erupted in Buenos AiresAFP
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Football fans in Argentina shirts are arrested after violence broke outAFP
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Riot police officers on motorbikes patrol a street strewn with rocksAFP
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A police officer stands guard next to people detained during riots after Argentina lost to GermanyReuters