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World Cup Today: Tuesday
by Paul Kennedy, July 1st, 2014 3:13PM

TAGS:  argentina, switzerland, world cup 2014


[BRAZIL 2014] Lionel Messi set up Angel Di Maria for the game's lone goal in the 118th minute as Argentine escaped with a 1-0 win over Switzerland and moved into the quarterfinals against the USA-Belgium winner. But the Argentines needed some luck in the end as Blerim Dzemaili hit the post in stoppage time.

Switzerland, which has not reached the quarterfinals since it hosted the tournament 60 years ago, was the better team for a good portion of the first half but let Argentina take control after that.

The game turned on a turnover late in overtime as Messi was given room to run at the Swiss defense, beating one player and drawing two other players to him so he could feed the open Di Maria on the right side for the game's only goal.

July 1 in Sao Paulo
Argentina 1 Switzerland 0 (OT). Goal: Di Maria 118.
Argentina -- Romero, Federico Fernandez, Zabaleta, Garay, Rojo (Basanta, 105+1), Gago (Biglia, 106), Mascherano, Di Maria, Higuain, Messi, Lavezzi (Palacio, 74).
Switzerland -- Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Schar, Djourou, Rodriguez, Inler, Behrami, Xhaka (Fernandes, 66), Shaqiri, Mehmedi (Dzemaili  113), Drmic (Seferovic, 82).
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden).

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