World Cup Brazil: Lucky Argentina through after one hunch of Messi
By Frans van Hees | www.AboutBrasil.com | Week 27, July 2014
Rio de Janeiro — At the time
Argentina and Switzerlandseemed to be heading for a penalty shootout, there was
In Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo the star player passed the ball to teammate Angel di Maria, who scored the liberating goal for the poor playing Argentine soccer team. Lionel Messi and the rest of the Argentina soccer squad will play the quarterfinals of World Cup 2014, next Saturday in capital city Brasilia.
So like in 2006 and 2010 Argentina is reaching the quarterfinals.
However, both times the last eight was also the terminus for the southern neighbours of Brazil.
In the capital city of Brazil await Belgium or the United States, which teams will play later tonight their World Cup 2014
second round match.
Although the team of coach Alejandro Sabella did not play well in their group matches (despite 9 points out of three matches), it was still disappointing that
Argentina once again could not convince.
Despite the monitoring of often three defenders, Messi could be important in the dying minutes against the Swiss
In the first half, the best chances were even for the fit Swiss team. Both Granit Xhaka and Josip Drmic met with Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
Lionel Messi scored four times in this tournament, but again he was bothered by his failing teammates against Switzerland. In the second half
Angel Di Mariabewildered the crowd with a bizarre move. The striker of Real Madrid decided to cross the ball behind his leg one stands on by a 0-0 score.
Only in the 62 minute Argentina was seriously dangerous for the first time. Switzerland goalkeeper Diego Benaglio saved a superb header by Gonzalo Higuain. Fifteen minutes later, Benaglio kept the 27-year-old Messi from scoring.
It was a wear and tear wastage in Sao Paulo. As with three of the six previous second round matches, extra time was needed to decide the match between Argentina and Switzerland. In the half hour that followed Argentina was a bit better, but it did not go smoothly at all. Until Messi and Di Maria finally had a creative soccer epiphany: 1-0, a few minutes before the end of extra time.
In the final seconds, Switzerland came even close to a deserved equalizer when substitute Blerim Dzemaili hit the post with a header and just missed the rebound with his foot.
Lucky Argentina, poor Messi; having to play in such an inspirationless soccer team. Nevertheless, Argentina through, Switzerland out.
Matches & Standings Second Round - World Cup 2014