Argentina v Switzerland Match of the Day Live


Argentina v Switzerland

Live coverage as Lionel Messi and Argentina face Switzerland at Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo. With Gary Lineker and commentators Jonathan Pearce and Mark Lawrenson.


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save. It's wide! Saved again. Poster boy of the World Cup. He has nerves

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of steel. Good afternoon. There are two south

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American teams already through to the quarter-finals. Argentina are

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bidding to make it three against unfancied Switzerland. In this World

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Cup you never know. four occasions winning the World Cup

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on home soil in 1978 and again in Mexico in 1986. They've not gone

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beyond the quarter-finals since 1990. Can Messi inspire them once

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again today? Switzerland are hoping to reach the last eight for the

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first time since they hosted the World Cup in 1954, 60 years ago.

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Terrible news for Ottmar Hitzfeld, his older brother passed away,

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though the coach will remain with the squad. A bit of perspective

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there. Argentina, Alan, one of the big

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favourites, but like a lot of the major footballing nations,

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occasionally they've looked to have weaknesses as well as obvious

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strengths. They've puffed and huffed a bit in the group stages. It's a

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bit disappointing the tournament have not got a standout team. Every

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time you think you have seen the best goal, it gets better and then

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you think you have seen the quickest game ever, Brazil against Chile but

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last night the Germans and Algeria was sensational. You are right,

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there is not a standout team. The players that the Argentinians have

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got and it could be their team. Messi arguably the greatest player

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on the planet, this could be his time. It's the knockout stages that

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tends to produce that standout team, that's obviously when you have to

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perform. Yeah and Argentina could be that team. Defensively the whole

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competition, we have never seen such poor defending in a World Cup. Very

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poor. I expect goals today. I don't think the Swiss are great

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defensively, nor Argentina. I want to see goals. That's why Hansen is

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going grey as we speak! We want to see great goals and that hasn't been

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a disappointment at all. But defensively Argentina are very much

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like everyone else, they've struggled at times. If the Swiss

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play like they did against the French were they were so open Messi

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and co will have a field day. Overreliance on one man? Not if he

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is that good, Maradona in 86, the team then weren't as good as the

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players in this, no, Messi, I mean, nobody's ever won the World Cup on

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their own. Maradona was as close as you are going to get. It could be

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Messi's year. The game takes place in Sao Paulo. As you can imagine,

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Argentina have huge support amongst the masses.

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Welcome everybody to a beautiful sunny Sao Paulo. Gorgeous day here

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for Argentina against Switzerland. Tim, as you know we always get

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excited about past meetings between teams. Normally it tells us little

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but in this case you think it's significant. The last time these two

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met, February 2012, Messi rolled the Swiss over. 3-1 win. He scored all

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three goals. That really was the start of a process where finally

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Messi was showing his best club form for his country. In that game

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against Switzerland it was Messi and Aguero up front. Everybody is

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talking about Messi. There's going to have to be a change, what will

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Argentina do? There was talk of Rodriguez coming in on the right of

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midfield in a conventional 4-4-2, that would have been a cautious

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option. Lavezzi will be expected to track back, as well. What about

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Switzerland, how can they hurt an Argentina side? Argentina leave

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themselves vulnerable. There is space always between the fullbacks

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and the centre-backs. The problem for Switzerland is will they have

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enough gas in the tank to take advantage? They've played a game in

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sapping conditions, what do they have left in the tank? You think we

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have had the quote of the tournament from the Argentina boss. We can talk

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about technique and tactics and selection all we like, but at this

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stage of the tournament Sabella think what really matters is your

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grey matter, he said at this stage in the tournament one gram of brain

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weighs more than a kilo of muscle. He is a philosopher! Deep thoughts

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from the Argentina boss. We hand back to our heavy-headed pundit

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panel. Switzerland are very much second favourites this afternoon.

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But their coach is a wily old fox who has won the Champions League

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twice. We assess their chances of causing an upset.

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Switzerland, a nation at peace for centuries. About to experience a

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mighty racquet. It's 31 years as a manager, and

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Hitzfeld likes a challenge. He is so loved in Switzerland he was once

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dubbed St Ottmar. No miracles in the group stage. The

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Swiss started with a 2-1 win over Ecuador but had a defeat to France.

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The match against France was not satisfactory for any of us. It was

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just a bad performance. But sometimes that's necessary to wake

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everybody up and to look for mistakes. To know that everybody has

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to give more. Facing elimination the Swiss team channelled their

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countrymen Rodger Federer's powers of recovery against Honduras.

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What a goal from Shaqiri! A win so good it was approved by the man

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himself. It's nice having a national team doing well now, especially with

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our coach who has been with us a long time. It might be his last

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match, we hope not. We hope we can beat Argentina The odds are stacked

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against them. Argentina are accelerating. I think it is

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something really special for every Swiss player to play against

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Argentina. The great pressure is gone because we have reached the

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last 16. Now we have nothing to lose. We only can win against

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Argentina. It's a round of 16 in a great stadium during the World Cup.

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We can't wait and I hope that we will be happy. That we manage to

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stop Messi, not just as a single player but the whole team. The Swiss

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have reached three World Cup quarter-finals but are on something

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of a drought. The last one was 60 years ago. We can make history if we

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reach the quarter-finals. No matter who makes the difference, I hope

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that somebody scores a goal and that we don't concede one. Unfancied, a

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little unfashionable, little is expected off the Swiss but Hitzfeld

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doesn't tend to listen much to what's expected.

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I think sometimes we associate the Swiss team, certainly in recent

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years, of being well-organised, disciplined and often dull to watch.

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Even to the neutral, Switzerland have plenty of neutral connections,

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but in this World Cup they've been open and aggressive and attacking.

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Especially against the French. When you talk about open play and

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defending, and the fullbacks, this is great pressing by the French.

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It's terrible play. Two fullbacks, Lichtsteiner and Rodriguez too far

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up the pitch. He is telling him to get across. I

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don't think the goalkeeper was any good either. This is a pass back.

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Djourou heads this. This is like watching Arsenal. It's a corner

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kick. You talk about organisation. The goalkeeper maybe again should

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come but he backs off. Easy goal. Last night we saw one of the great

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goalkeeping performances of all time. Everything was timed to

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perfection. Especially that. You get it wrong, it ends up in the back of

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the net. I think this would sum up, Rodriguez, a fullback never looks

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around at all at any stage. They've men back in numbers. You are talking

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about organisation. The organisation there is pathetic. It's a pass back

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that goes in the back of the net. If they play like that against

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Argentina, then we will maybe have five or six. The Swiss have two

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quarter-finalists in Wimbledon. And Roger mentioned he would be watching

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us. They've made a tactical change with Shaqiri. Going forward they can

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test the Argentina back four, definitely. Four years ago Argentina

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were coached by Maradona, of course and went out with a whimper

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intelligence Germany. The man in charge today is Alejandro Sabella.

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He became a star player for a club in South Yorkshire.

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English football went Argentina crazy in the summer of 1978.

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Tottenham signed Alejandro and Sheffield United aimed higher and

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tried to sign a young Maradona. They came close but failed. In the end,

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United got a signature of an attacking midfielder, a 23-year-old

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from River Plate, his name was Alejandro Sabella. He was quickly

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nicknamed Alex. The man who struck the deal was

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United's manager. We watched the first game of the World Cup with

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Argentina and talking about possibilities of getting this sort

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of player. Over there I go, during this course I seen young Alex and I

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was convinced he had that something that was something I thought that

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would appeal. The deal was done but even then reluctantly you get to the

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airport and the man looking at the passports doesn't want to let us out

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because we have Sabella with us! So, he swapped South America for

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South Yorkshire and a steel city in decline.

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South Yorkshire and a steel city in I would like to pay back this

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reception as quick as possible. Alex is telling you back heel, back

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heel. That's in his language. Back heel. His skills were sublime and

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with his socks around his ankles he soon became a cult hero. Sabella

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shows us magic straightout bonus RNs. With a different philosophy,

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with fewer bad intentions. In Argentina the marking is tighter,

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they will do anything to stop you. Much more difficult to get the ball,

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here it is easier, you are nest likely to the macro -- less likely

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to get knocked off it. He left the club when they were relegated to the

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third division, joining Leeds, but returning home the following season.

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Over 30 years later, he is now in charge of his own country,

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Argentina. For some, Alex Sabella will always be made in Sheffield,

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1978. Those are the scenes inside the

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stadium, Sabella has turned around this Argentinian team after Diego

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Maradona. A big game. You say backheel to Robbie Savage, he thinks

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that is where you have to kick someone. We'll talk about Messi, but

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Mascherano is a key player in the holding role. He dictates everything

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they do. Always in the centre. Always looking to pass forward, and

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find Messi. Here we go. Keeping it nice and simple, looking for the

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ball. Just watch how he tries to find the best player in the team. He

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knows what his role is. When you are in a team of technically better

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players, the manager says get the ball, find the best player. You

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should know! I never got the ball! Look at this pass, Messi picking it

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up, dropping the shoulder. Playing it forward. This pass comments on

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station. Argentina have the best discipline, only making 22 fouls,

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one yellow card. With Mascherano, that is strange. He is so much

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better there than centre-back. A proper player. Let's see how they

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line up. The goalkeeper keeping three clean sheets in eight games.

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The same back four that started the last two games. Rojo macro scored

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his first international goal against Nigeria. Di Maria will get forward

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down the left, Mascherano and Gago sitting deeper. The only change sees

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Lavezzi replacing the injured Aguero. They have been hugely

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reliant on Messi. I don't see a problem with that. Colombia have

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done that with Rodriguez. Brazil with Neymar. When you have a player

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with this ability, you will rely on him. It was not plain sailing in the

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first game. In the first 45 minutes. They had the better of them, that is

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how he likes to play. Easier said than done. You have to try and force

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them onto the right-hand side. Into the middle. That is where the bodies

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are. This is what he wants to do. Getting it on his left foot macro,

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but it was not working. -- left that. -- left foot. They know he

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wants to come back in. He is running into bodies, four bodies. He did it

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brilliantly in the first half. What changed was that they brought big

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why a non-dash-macro they brought Gonzalo Higuain on. That created the

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space where he was not able to do that in the first half. There is

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still a hell of a lot to do. We have seen that time and time again. On

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his left of -- foot. That is absolutely magical. He makes his own

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goals from nothing more than anyone I have ever seen. There is a school

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of thought, the stats prove it, he does not run as round as much. --

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runaround. You don't need to run if you can play like that. A magical

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left foot. They struggled defensively against Nigeria,

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Mascherano, there are not many holding players. He has played there

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for years, he has the discipline and the know-how to protect the back

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four. As for the Swiss, this is their team. Benaglio has let in six

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goals, although he has saved a penalty against Benzema. Johan

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Djourou partners Fabian Schar. The full-backs are usually very

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attacking, they may have their hands full defensively. Behrami and Inler

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play for Napoli together. The creative players are 823 or younger.

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-- are all aged 23 or younger. Another youngster up, Drmic. Wright,

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Shearer on Shaqiri. That is not easy to say. He switched from the

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right-hand side to the number ten role. Getting him far more involved

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in the game. Predominantly left footed. Any right footed person

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would take a shot. He wants to get it back on his left. You have to

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show him on his right hand side. He can do this, finding those pockets

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of space. That is not bad. That is what he can do if you give him the

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space. He can play little balls in two Drmic. He's short, stocky,

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quick, getting into the position, great first touch, good second

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touch. Taking control of the goalkeeper. This is for his

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hat-trick. The first left footed hat-trick in World Cup history. I

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was looking that up last night. That is a great start. -- statistic. He

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should cause them problems. He has been likened to Messi, you can see

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why. Obviously he's no Messi. The problem playing against Messi, you

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have to deny him time and space, if he gets past the first one, the

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second one has to be waiting. I am not so sure the Swiss can do that.

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Both desperate to get on that left foot. It is easier said than done.

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Sometimes you cannot because of the pace they're running out. If he is

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coming in off the right, the golden rule was bring him inside where you

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have the bodies, but you bring him onto his left, you saw the goal he

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scored. I think Rodriguez could have a big game, Zabaleta was

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uncomfortable against Nigeria, maybe Shaqiri drifting out there. We have

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not seen a goal fest in the knockout stages, but this could be. A

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possibility. Now I have said that, it probably won't! Fingers crossed.

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This will be no pushover, a tough Swiss side to break down. Seven guys

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from the Bundesliga, three from Serie A. You are going for

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Switzerland? No, Argentina. I think Johan Djourou, not good enough. All

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six of the group winners have won, Argentina looking to make it seven

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out of seven. Over to Jonathan Pearce.

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Thank you very much, so far this World Cup drama has been a story of

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outstanding individuals. Can Messi become the first man since 1932

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score in four successive Argentine World Cup final matches. Shaqiri

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became the first ever layer to score a left footed hat-trick against

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Honduras. A wonderful atmosphere, Argentinian fans dominating. Please

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stand for the national anthem of Argentina.

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A 21 million population of greater S?o Paulo, 7000 Argentinians said to

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have arrived in the last two days. # Trittst im Morgenrot daher

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Seh? ich dich im Strahlenmeer # Dich, du Hocherhabener, Herrlicher

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Wenn der Alpenfirn sich rotet # Betet, freie Schweizer, betet

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Eure fromme Seele ahnt # Gott, den Herrn, im hehren

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Vaterland. # Tiny pockets of Swiss fans, hugely

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outnumbered. I have seen so many Argentinian fans, he will -- a

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fantastic and raucous atmosphere. Argentina forced to make one change,

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Sergio Aguero ruled out with a thigh strain. They hope he will be fit for

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the quarterfinal. Lavezzi replacing him, he will be on the right.

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Zabaleta looked uneasy against Nigeria's pace. Mascherano won the

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title with Corinthians in 2006, they will use this stadium after the

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World Cup. Gargano's supplied to Messi could be crucial. A new

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beginning to look matchup. Jonas Eriksson is the referee, his third

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game. He sent off Demichelis for his foul on Messi in the Champions

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League this season. Gokhan Inler, the captain of Switzerland.

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Switzerland have never won again beyond the group stages. Fabian

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Schar coming in to stop that leaky defence. They have changed it a bit

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since the opening game Xhaka moving to the right to allow Shaqiri more

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room in the middle. It paid off, the first left footed hat-trick in World

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Cup history. The official team sheet has instilled on the right. We will

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wait and see. It was the way that France destroyed them that caused

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Swiss fans concern here. Alex Cisak Bella -- Sabella, he was nicknamed

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the slough sloth in Argentina. But my hints meld -- Ottmar Hitzfeld had

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some tragic family news last night. Demichelis is one of six players who

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have been practising penalties for Argentina. They start very much the

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favourites. Switzerland will not make it easy for them. Both teams

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have defensive frailties. It could be down the left-hand side, as

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Robbie Savage pointed out, the Swiss fancy their chances of getting at

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Zabaleta. The referee checking with the fourth of, off we go.

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How do you see it going, Mark? If the Swiss can make the front four

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defend for Argentina, Switzerland a much better going forward, as

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everyone knows by now. Di Maria starting very wide on the

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left side. He has been too narrow too often in this World Cup for

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Argentina. Too inconsistent. Started brilliantly against Iran and then

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faded. Expected to get a good reception

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from the Corinthian fans here. Blue and white shirts all around the

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stadium. They've made every World Cup venue

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they've visited a dramatic venue, the Argentina fans.

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Had a bad knee injury towards the end of the season with Boca Juniors

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and is only really beginning to look sharp again now.

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Lavezzi really seriously tucked in on the right and playing in front of

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Zabaleta. Started very much as a 4-4-2 really.

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Can he button-hole Messi into a position? No.

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Viewers may remember these two teams meeting in England in 1966. It was

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at Hillsborough. An Argentina victory took them through that day

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to play England. Di Maria held back.

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They want him booked, Lichtsteiner. As long as the referee is

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consistent. I think other referees here in these finals would have

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pulled out a yellow card for that. Quite rightly, as well. Djourou has

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gone into the game on a yellow card and so too Rojo.

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It's a decent enough header away by Djourou.

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One win in six attempts against south American opposition for

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Switzerland, it was here, they beat Ecuador in Brasilia.

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Inler, the Swiss captain, very experienced.

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A great roar goes up from the Brazilians in the crowd every time

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the Swiss pick it up. They've got the corner. On that particular

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passage of play, Argentina defensively look extremely nervous.

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Garay's clearance wasn't good enough. If Iran had better strikers

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they would have famously beaten Argentina. They couldn't finish off

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the chances they created against what looked like a static Argentina

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defence that day. Nigeria created, as well.

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A free kick given for a challenge. He is lucky, he gave the ball away.

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A free kick against Drmic, it was. He combined very well with Shaqiri

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when they beat Honduras. Posing some problems down the left,

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Di Maria. Pulled him back again. A sea of blue and white. A huge

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noise comes out of these travelling Argentina supporters.

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Djourou with a header away. Two crosses have been dealt with

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extremely well by Djourou. Some of the pictures before of the

:40:36.:40:49.

Argentina supporters, one was dressed as the Pope. Well, I

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presume. A real feature of the competition, the fancy dress.

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That's what you get with Djourou, looks very capable and competent.

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The next minute looks like he's never played before. Can't remember

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a World Cup where so many supporters and big groups mixing happily with

:41:30.:41:33.

other big groups from opposition countries. You go to a restaurant,

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30 from Mexico and 30 from Germany, Australia still here, lots of

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English still here. Good pressure from Argentina.

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Pressure on the ball and the man. Switzerland will be hoping Shaqiri

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stays fit. He does have a history of thigh and hamstring injuries,

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especially this season. That was a clever ball. Hardly broke

:42:22.:43:02.

stride to play it. Got away from Behrami who switched off.

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Pele amongst the supporters. They still call him The Goal King here.

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One TVed a hert has him sitting in a -- one TV advert has him sitting in

:44:07.:44:11.

a throne. In comes the challenge. Two of them

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straight around him. had agreed a deal for Diego Costa

:44:45.:45:26.

finally. That news going around the stadium. Behrami and Inler getting

:45:27.:45:37.

in each other's way. That will be dealt with by Benaglio. No pressure

:45:38.:45:47.

on the cross, Messi originally winning the ball back. That is their

:45:48.:45:52.

first attack from the right-hand side so far. He made a great save

:45:53.:46:03.

late on against Honduras, Benaglio. Behrami and Inler were barely

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talking to each other at the end of the season at Napoli.

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Argentinian Turow. -- throw. Argentina lost at this stage against

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Rumania back in 1994. -- Rumania to -- Romania. Roy Hodgson will be

:46:42.:47:07.

closely following this one, Switzerland play England in the

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European Championship qualifiers. Di Maria just pointing to the number of

:47:18.:47:32.

fouls were made against him. Di Maria or not keep that one in. --

:47:33.:47:43.

will not keep that one in. He has been the most likely so far, Di

:47:44.:47:50.

Maria. All of the talk beforehand was Lavezzi coming in for the

:47:51.:48:01.

injured Sergio Aguero taking the play down the right-hand side. But

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it is clear they are taking it to Di Maria. This is Xhaka. Xhaka is 21,

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Shaqiri 22, a lot of prodigious young talent in the midfield.

:48:25.:48:36.

Rodriguez pressurised by Lavezzi. Have they decided their new manager?

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He is leaving, Hitzfeld the Bosnian, Wladimir Petkovic is taking

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over. The winners of this will face the

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winners of the second round match tonight in Brasilia on Sunday.

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Rodriguez did brilliantly there. Xhaka, suddenly Lichtsteiner. Just

:49:33.:49:41.

delaying the pass, the tackle coming in. It looked as if Messi was the

:49:42.:49:51.

favourite. He struggles and stumbles, still gets there.

:49:52.:50:00.

I wonder how long he will be a Wolfsburg player? Very highly rated.

:50:01.:50:10.

I think Sunderland were interested once upon a time. Was that a foul on

:50:11.:50:26.

Behrami? It is a foul, do not know what they are moaning about, Di

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Maria. He got a bad injury at West Ham. Crucial ligament injury.

:50:37.:50:45.

Hitzfeld looking on. Hitzfeld and Sabella very different characters.

:50:46.:51:11.

Messi wanted a bit too much time, Inler coming in, the referee quite

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right to give the free kick against Mascherano. Good refereeing, trying

:51:20.:51:25.

to let the situation develop, playing advantage. Mascherano trying

:51:26.:51:36.

to pressurise the referee. He does like to whinge, doesn't he? Another

:51:37.:51:43.

former West Ham man, of course. Seven games before we went to

:51:44.:51:44.

Liverpool. We have had 20 minutes, quite

:51:45.:52:03.

honestly, nothing has really happened.

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Sepp Blatter is in the crowd, I can tell you. We wait be seeing any

:52:12.:52:19.

close-ups of him. I imagine they have shied away from that. -- we

:52:20.:52:22.

will not be seen. They're very little movement

:52:23.:52:46.

upfront, if at all. -- there is very little movement. We saw four years

:52:47.:52:53.

ago what Switzerland could do to fancied teams, when they beat Spain

:52:54.:52:57.

in the group stages. Messi combining with Di Maria, in

:52:58.:53:09.

the narrow position. Gago with the little flick. Here is

:53:10.:53:36.

Rodriguez. At the moment Lavezzi is playing down the left for Argentina.

:53:37.:53:43.

Here is Messi, away from Behrami, Messi with the turn, looking for

:53:44.:53:55.

Higuain. Di Maria. He was tagged. The referee will have to pull out a

:53:56.:54:01.

card sooner or later. Probably around five or six fouls on Di

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Maria. Messi, looks like he was struggling,

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but stronger than he looks. They were the highest scorers in South

:54:38.:54:42.

American qualifying, they have a free kick to open the scoring in Sao

:54:43.:54:45.

Paulo. The little magician on the ball, what can the ganja? That is

:54:46.:54:53.

headed over. -- what can he conjure? It is almost behind him, a

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tough chance. Very difficult to score.

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Headed on by Xhaka. Shaqiri battling away, he was fouled. The referee's

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assistant has given that one. The foul was for Garay pulling him

:55:37.:56:00.

back. Jonas Eriksson is a full-time referee, a multi millionaire,

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selling his media rights company. He does this for fun. Good for him.

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Shaqiri is still wide. Gago was with him. Corner. Argentina have won

:56:17.:56:43.

their last three second round ties, under pressure. That is edged away.

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Coming to Lavezzi. Shaqiri. Another corner. Argentina were all over the

:56:57.:57:08.

place. Again two 11 for the corner. Full-back, a good save! The shot was

:57:09.:57:17.

by Xhaka. -- that was pulled back. Again, Romero called into action. He

:57:18.:57:32.

could only save it with his feet. The Swiss carrying a threat. That'll

:57:33.:57:39.

came from the short corner where Argentina were asleep. They have

:57:40.:57:43.

been working on that over the last couple of days. Trying to increase

:57:44.:57:49.

the mobility of the defenders, keeping them switched on. Argentina

:57:50.:57:53.

have? Would you believe it? Messi in the channel. Chased by

:57:54.:58:11.

three. Still Di Maria. A bit ponderous. Lavezzi with a header.

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Lavezzi. That could be their first shot. Out

:58:20.:58:38.

of a little bit of nothing. 12 goals for Paris St Germain this season.

:58:39.:58:46.

Always the first to be substituted. Great run by Zabaleta. Di Maria. The

:58:47.:58:56.

Swiss getting bodies around. It is a corner. They are swarming around

:58:57.:59:11.

Argentina when the ball gets close to the Swiss penalty box. Acrobatic,

:59:12.:59:25.

but ineffective. In comes the corner, a good attack by good --

:59:26.:59:37.

Garay and stop a great ball, just getting in front of the defender. He

:59:38.:59:45.

did well not to touch it, when you look at that. That was a big chance.

:59:46.:59:54.

It was. He knows it. He has not scored for his country. A free kick

:59:55.:00:18.

here the way of Argentina, was it for Inler on Higuain? We will never

:00:19.:00:26.

know. Might have lifted his foot in the tackle.

:00:27.:01:13.

That probably sums Djourou up, looked like he was going to give it

:01:14.:01:18.

away two or three occasions and got himself away from the problem.

:01:19.:01:39.

Good defending by the leftback again.

:01:40.:01:55.

Messi already a record-breaker in Spanish football. 354 goals for

:01:56.:02:11.

Barcelona. How many will he get? 59% of possession so far for

:02:12.:02:44.

Argentina. They've conceded a free kick here. A daft foul by Fernandez.

:02:45.:03:34.

The boos and whistles are from the Brazilian supporters in the crowd,

:03:35.:04:09.

all behind Switzerland. Towards the near post. Pushed away

:04:10.:04:55.

by Romero. It wasn't convincing but it was effective.

:04:56.:05:30.

There's the first booking. Xhaka it was. Might be his first tackle, as

:05:31.:05:48.

well, but it was adding up for the whole team really. He was wanting to

:05:49.:05:53.

dance as well! He went to Hamburg and the manager

:05:54.:06:29.

there now described him as a stabilising influence. That was a

:06:30.:06:37.

good block from the goalkeeper. It begs the question who they had

:06:38.:06:38.

before Djourou then, doesn't it? Nobody's been able to go past him at

:06:39.:07:23.

all, Rodriguez. Argentina will get Di Maria back to

:07:24.:08:01.

that left side knowing Xhaka is booked.

:08:02.:08:12.

Switzerland on the counter. Drmic. The keeper almost stayed back. Well

:08:13.:08:22.

positioned to save a weak finish. He is very, very fortunate, Romero. He

:08:23.:08:27.

thought about it, stopped, thought about it again. In the end, it's

:08:28.:08:31.

such a poor finish from Drmic, should have been 1-0 to Switzerland.

:08:32.:08:34.

A fantastic opportunity. So hesitant. You almost felt it in the

:08:35.:08:41.

crowd. When is he going to come? Argentina gifted them the chance on

:08:42.:08:52.

the halfway line anyway. A really big opportunity for Switzerland.

:08:53.:08:55.

They've had the better of the opportunities.

:08:56.:09:04.

The flag is up. Offside, I think. Lavezzi looks along the line. That

:09:05.:09:15.

was a bit of - the mess a first. Look at the goalkeeper. Twice, three

:09:16.:09:20.

times. He is in absolute no-man's-land in the end. Lucky boy!

:09:21.:09:37.

Knows what a chance that was. Scored against Croatia, Drmic.

:09:38.:10:57.

Drmic has won the foul. Quite strong, Drmic. He doesn't look like

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he is, but he is. He is just under the 6ft mark. He is certainly

:11:09.:11:16.

putting himself about. Lacks a bit of composure in front of goal, it

:11:17.:11:20.

has to be said. Yeah, which we have just seen.

:11:21.:11:34.

A foul and then we have... Zabaleta was out very quickly, as well to

:11:35.:11:49.

Mehmedi. This is a chance now for Di Maria. Showing the movement of Messi

:11:50.:11:58.

and the involvement. They've done well so far, Switzerland.

:11:59.:12:29.

At the moment the biggest sort of influence on the game is Shaqiri.

:12:30.:13:15.

Always looking to find this little man, Messi. Good chance here. Back

:13:16.:13:24.

to Messi. Nearly came through to him. A bit of a muted cry from the

:13:25.:13:33.

fans for handball. Hit one of the Swiss defenders.

:13:34.:13:54.

Concern is growing amongst the Argentine legions. This is the way

:13:55.:14:04.

they've been in the previous three games, though.

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Drmic to the left. Shaqiri will arrive late. Drmic goes

:14:12.:14:24.

for a corner. Came off Fernandez. A corner for Switzerland. A little bit

:14:25.:14:30.

lucky, Fernandez. He was away, Drmic. Came off the shin.

:14:31.:14:41.

Two balls on the pitch at the moment. Shaqiri will take the

:14:42.:14:44.

corner. moment. Shaqiri will take the

:14:45.:14:48.

Mehmedi has gone tight in on the goalkeeper.

:14:49.:14:55.

thought it would be expensive, with a flow of goals. Messi has not been

:14:56.:15:28.

able to conjure anything. At half-time in Sao Paulo, in this

:15:29.:15:34.

round of 16 game, they go off goalless. -- expansive.

:15:35.:15:48.

What an awful World Cup! Disappointing. That was a real

:15:49.:15:55.

stinker, everything we said the Swiss could not do, they have not

:15:56.:16:00.

done. They defended well. They have worked really hard. If the first man

:16:01.:16:06.

does not get Messi, the second man will. They have had the two best

:16:07.:16:12.

chances. Hitzfeld have got their tactics spot on, the way many teams

:16:13.:16:19.

play against Barcelona, crowding Messi out. When Messi gets the

:16:20.:16:27.

ball, they have Behrami and Inler, crowding him out. The tactics are

:16:28.:16:33.

spot-on. Exactly the same way that Bosnia played against Argentina.

:16:34.:16:37.

Very difficult to do it for 90 minutes. I have two show some more

:16:38.:16:42.

invention, more pace, Argentina. -- they have to show more invention.

:16:43.:16:53.

They have very good players, Messi, Di Maria, Higuain. You have to give

:16:54.:16:59.

credit to Switzerland, they have defended well, and had two good

:17:00.:17:05.

chances. The first one a decent save from Romero. These in short corner,

:17:06.:17:13.

a bit of magic, step over, pulling it back, and that is a good save. A

:17:14.:17:20.

decent effort. The follow-up, he saves it. I think Switzerland's

:17:21.:17:26.

tactics are working. Sitting deep, trying to get them on the break. It

:17:27.:17:34.

has not been pretty, but it is working. Shaqiri has been the best

:17:35.:17:40.

player on the pitch. Something happens every time he's on the ball.

:17:41.:17:42.

Messi has to do better. happens every time he's on the ball.

:17:43.:17:47.

Messi has to do better. A clear-cut opportunity for Drmic. I don't know

:17:48.:17:52.

what was worse, the finish of the goalkeeping. This is a great

:17:53.:17:58.

chance. Clean through. On the goalkeeper. He does not come! We

:17:59.:18:04.

were talking about that last night. In the end, a pass back. The

:18:05.:18:08.

technique is all wrong, the body shape is all wrong. That is what

:18:09.:18:13.

Switzerland have tried to do, defending well, a little ball from

:18:14.:18:19.

Shaqiri through to Drmic. That is a poor finish. He will be happy with

:18:20.:18:25.

the way they defended, disappointed they are not leading. Ultimately it

:18:26.:18:32.

may cost them. The so-called lesser team has missed opportunities,

:18:33.:18:36.

paying for it. Can you keep the talent quiet for 90 minutes? We saw

:18:37.:18:42.

it in the first game, with Messi, did not get a kick, but 90 minutes

:18:43.:18:47.

is a different matter. He will get a chance, but the disappointing thing

:18:48.:18:51.

for the Argentinians, they have absolutely nothing. Do you still

:18:52.:18:58.

insist they have better players, Ira member some of them? This team have

:18:59.:19:04.

some big name players, doing really well in the Champions League,

:19:05.:19:11.

Premier League. In 1986, Argentina beat a substandard England team, at

:19:12.:19:19.

Belgian team. We are always substandard. How have they managed

:19:20.:19:25.

Messi? I was talking about Behrami, they have pushed him into that area,

:19:26.:19:29.

if Inler doesn't get you, Behrami will. He is looking for the ball,

:19:30.:19:35.

going deeper and deeper. You can see the midfielders forcing him back.

:19:36.:19:40.

That is where they miss a creative midfielder. They need someone to

:19:41.:19:46.

give him the ball high up the park. Crowded out. As Alan said, Bosnia

:19:47.:19:57.

played very similar. Nowhere to go. As good a player as he is, to get

:19:58.:20:04.

through that, difficult. He gets frustrated, Di Maria running into

:20:05.:20:07.

people. Higuain has been nonexistent. We highlighted the one

:20:08.:20:17.

in two touch passing, but Mascherano has not got it. Not causing any

:20:18.:20:23.

problems. Mascherano is playing the holding role, he does not get in the

:20:24.:20:33.

final third. Even in 2006, with Rick Almay -- Riquelme. They haven't they

:20:34.:20:48.

want to spread it. It might be worth ten sitting back, to try and draw

:20:49.:20:54.

Switzerland out. We get the odd glimpse of what he is capable of.

:20:55.:21:03.

The odd moments of magic. This means we are clutching at straws. Very

:21:04.:21:07.

good movement. A great ball. Nobody reading it. He has not really been

:21:08.:21:19.

far enough upfield. He is having to go further and further back to get

:21:20.:21:26.

the ball. Classic Messi. He gets past Behrami, but Rodriguez makes

:21:27.:21:29.

the tackle. Arguably could have been a foul. We have seen it against

:21:30.:21:40.

Iran, the first at sensational. If that is all we have got, means we

:21:41.:21:46.

are struggling. This was good, get it back, through, nearly. Again,

:21:47.:21:56.

crowded out. I suppose, the more the other Argentinian players failed to

:21:57.:22:01.

produce any thing, the easier it is to stop messy and stop -- stop Messi

:22:02.:22:08.

stop Argentina. That is it. You look at the first half, you see how bad

:22:09.:22:14.

they are, if they don't step up to the plate collectively, they could

:22:15.:22:18.

be on the way home. This is the first part of a double-header on

:22:19.:22:23.

BBC1. Tonight at engine switches to Salvador where Belgian meet the USA.

:22:24.:22:30.

-- the attention. Dempsey, what a strike. Fellaini, he has got it.

:22:31.:22:46.

Jones, it is in. The kid has done it. It is in. John Brooks heading

:22:47.:23:01.

into the USA. -- for the USA. Already in position, Jason Mohammed.

:23:02.:23:06.

Welcome to the Arena Fonte Nova, which has seen 21 goals scored in

:23:07.:23:12.

four World Cup matches. All starting with the Netherlands 5-1 demolition

:23:13.:23:19.

of Spain. Now another potential cracker, as the USA take on the

:23:20.:23:24.

hugely talented Belgian side. I have been talking to Tim Howard, who says

:23:25.:23:29.

they are relaxed ahead of their last 16 tie. Very comfortable, no

:23:30.:23:35.

pressure on us. I think part of that is what I have talked about, this is

:23:36.:23:40.

a very young group, when you have young guys, they don't know any

:23:41.:23:44.

better. They are excited, they want to play cards, get on the pitch. The

:23:45.:23:52.

Belgian team are so young. We were reading the stats, 27 years old,

:23:53.:24:04.

already on 60,-70 caps. A special team, athletically, they will pose a

:24:05.:24:11.

threat. Once we get a foothold in the game, we want to pin them back.

:24:12.:24:16.

They are a top team, they worry us. It is good to be worried, and make

:24:17.:24:21.

sure we have all the bases covered. We had to focus on the front five,

:24:22.:24:35.

they are brilliant. I think our X Factor is how we utilise the ball,

:24:36.:24:38.

and how quickly we can get after them. We want to stay compact, and

:24:39.:24:47.

make them work. Any time you get a team like Belgium, Germany,

:24:48.:24:52.

Portugal, who like to get forward, it is a cat and mouse game, they

:24:53.:24:58.

want to get the ball off you so they don't have to defend, and the secret

:24:59.:25:01.

is to pin them back, and make their front players chase back and do the

:25:02.:25:06.

dog work. Jason has been busy travelling the

:25:07.:25:09.

country finding out about Brazilian culture, he has tried his hand at

:25:10.:25:14.

traditional Brazilian much Allah 's, he is game for anything. --

:25:15.:25:24.

traditional martial arts. Brazil is known for its dancing,

:25:25.:25:28.

betting receipts they, they like to do things differently. -- but here

:25:29.:25:52.

in receive -- in Recife. I have never done before, he says I need an

:25:53.:25:57.

umbrella. Going faster, higher, using the umbrella. This is good,

:25:58.:26:04.

not a bad start. We are rocking the free world. How important is this to

:26:05.:26:11.

the area? It is a traditional dance. On the streets, by the common

:26:12.:26:17.

people, very important to the city, to the culture of everybody. That is

:26:18.:26:22.

a bit more difficult. Can I stay like this? Come and report on the

:26:23.:26:42.

World Cup. It came from the Kapil -- capoeira. In the past, the umbrella

:26:43.:26:51.

was like a weapon. The capoeira, they used to fight, using the

:26:52.:26:56.

umbrella to protect themselves. It started to be dancing on the stage,

:26:57.:27:04.

it got smaller, more colourful, nowadays to help the balance. I feel

:27:05.:27:14.

like I'm in the Happy Mondays. Look at his feet. I cannot do that. I

:27:15.:27:19.

have not seen anyone do that since Shaking Stevens. What about

:27:20.:27:29.

visitors, do they have a go? The main goal in the museum, the visitor

:27:30.:27:35.

comes, seeing the exhibition, and giving it a go. That was another hot

:27:36.:27:40.

and sweaty experience, thank you very much. Now it is time to see a

:27:41.:27:56.

master do frevo. Take it away. I wonder who invented that? It was

:27:57.:28:02.

better than the football. You cannot teach him anything. I was far

:28:03.:28:11.

better. I was giving it the samba. There are just nine games remaining,

:28:12.:28:14.

plenty more to look forward to this summer.

:28:15.:28:42.

Welcome to the friendly games, pleasantries starting on the 23rd of

:28:43.:28:48.

July. This year's Commonwealth Games sees

:28:49.:28:55.

the new sports frevo! Obviously not. We need a goal, we have seen all the

:28:56.:29:08.

big teams, thinking they are a good side, but I cannot see them winning

:29:09.:29:15.

it. Nobody will win this World Cup. You take Messi out of the equation,

:29:16.:29:21.

the rest have to do better, they had to start working the Swiss defence.

:29:22.:29:25.

I still think there is a mistake in there. They have to concentrate on

:29:26.:29:39.

John -- Johan Djourou. It may free some space up for the big four

:29:40.:29:43.

upfront. They were not getting anything. Take Messi out of this

:29:44.:29:48.

team, there are bridge, take Neymar out of the Brazilian team, they are

:29:49.:29:58.

also average. -- they are average. You will remember that Switzerland

:29:59.:30:02.

beat Spain in four years ago in the opening game, can they do the same

:30:03.:30:07.

to Argentina? We will see with Mark Lawrenson and Jonathan Pearce.

:30:08.:30:16.

Thank you very much, Gary. There have been no changes to either side

:30:17.:30:19.

at half-time. Switzerland will be defending the goal to our left side.

:30:20.:30:25.

They're all in red. Di Maria flattered open to deceive. They --

:30:26.:30:32.

only to deceive. They switched him from flank to flank. As soon as

:30:33.:30:36.

Messi have had the ball they've smothered him. Switzerland had the

:30:37.:30:40.

best chances of that first 45 minutes. Yeah, we think we probably

:30:41.:30:44.

guess what their manager said to them, the Swiss, but from

:30:45.:30:48.

Argentina's point of view they really need to start and just move

:30:49.:30:50.

the ball a little bit quicker. A lovely sunny day, 23C, low

:30:51.:31:03.

humidity, perfect for football. It's not that hot. It's not the heat

:31:04.:31:05.

that's going to stop you running. Argentina have a free kick because

:31:06.:31:24.

there was a needless challenge on Lavezzi. It was a bad pass. Just

:31:25.:31:32.

picking up on one or two points made in the studio, we asked a few of the

:31:33.:31:36.

Argentina reporters beforehand, would they be happy to create space

:31:37.:31:41.

by drawing Switzerland on to them? There's no great confidence amongst

:31:42.:31:49.

followers. It's a corner. The ball came a long

:31:50.:32:02.

way to Messi. Great ball. We talk about moving it quicker, that's

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exactly the example we need to see. He has played 102 matches now for

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Argentina. Messi will take this one. A foul. Xhaka was booked in the

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first half. Not only that, I thought for a split second if the referee

:33:11.:33:19.

let's the play run on... Di Maria was cutting inside. Lucky to stay on

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there. Yeah. It's been dull so far. Can the

:33:22.:33:27.

little magician brighten the day? A free run now for Xhaka. No free

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kick was given. Another big name team that's looked

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far from convincing in the knockout stages, Colombia really have been

:34:51.:35:00.

the most impressive team. Yes. And that's including male wholesale --

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included making wholesale changes for their games.

:35:08.:35:14.

He has gone for it. And Romero has kept the ball in play. And kept it

:35:15.:35:32.

in the box. The assistant referee was sluggish to get up with play.

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Doesn't convince at all, does he? A little bit more pace about

:35:38.:35:45.

Argentina perhaps? That's a lovely ball forward.

:35:46.:35:57.

Shaqiri. Flag has stayed down. Drmic.

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By the time Drmic gets the ball, the angle is closed down. Virtually

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impossible to score from there. A defender in his way. Narrow angle.

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I am not sure Argentina have raised the pace of the game at all, just

:36:25.:36:29.

that one move really. Well played, Garay. The game is

:36:30.:37:33.

starting to stretch, that's the first thing we should say.

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Lichtsteiner loves to get forward. Sao Paulo has seen a Fairview

:37:54.:38:04.

fullbacks born here done that. From there it would have taken

:38:05.:38:22.

something. It would. First time he has really come forward and joined

:38:23.:38:25.

the attack, Rodriguez. Love to know what Sabella would be

:38:26.:38:36.

thinking about his team at the moment.

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They're thinking about making substitutions. Are they too

:39:21.:39:28.

one-paced midfield? They're very, very similar. The move just before,

:39:29.:39:34.

Mascherano came and got the ball out off the goalkeeper, it's a long way

:39:35.:39:39.

forward from there. It's very kind of deliberate. Attacking options

:39:40.:39:49.

limited for Argentina, no Aguero. At first they thought he would be out

:39:50.:39:55.

of the World Cup finals. More optimistic about him now. They've

:39:56.:40:05.

used Palacio. He has come on in a cameo substitute's role against

:40:06.:40:14.

Iran. Rodriguez is antivity. -- is an alternative. Only one Argentina

:40:15.:40:19.

player in the opposition penalty area from Rojo's cross. Just one.

:40:20.:40:24.

Higuain. Messi still holding in a deep

:40:25.:40:32.

position. That was squeezed away by

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Lichtsteiner. Great ball out to Lavezzi. Too high

:40:42.:40:54.

for Higuain. Came into this game, Argentina, with

:40:55.:41:36.

the highest possession rate of any country but they haven't created

:41:37.:41:41.

enough clear-cut opportunities. Their movement has been sluggish.

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Plan A, the Messi plan, is clearly THE plan.

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Just a little bit of a realisation now from Argentina that they've to

:42:16.:42:50.

raise the pace of the game. Four of the last seven goals in the

:42:51.:43:07.

World Cup have come from range from outside the box. They don't seem to

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get enough bodies forward to the penalty area for a scruffy goal.

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freedom. To Lavezzi, on to Rojo. The keeper just adjusted his body in

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time. I think it was a cross. Argentina are beginning to get their

:44:03.:44:27.

game together and move up through the gears.

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A corner kick. This is the Rojo thing. I think he's

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gone to cross. Four corners apiece. Messi to Gago.

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Di Maria goes past Rodriguez. What was he doing? Showboating. You

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cannot be serious. That is Rojo. Not Di Maria. Here it is. If you were

:45:19.:45:36.

his team-mate, you would be going bananas. That was the first time

:45:37.:45:40.

they got behind Rodriguez in the whole game.

:45:41.:45:53.

Schar has made a mistake, getting caught in possession, he has failed

:45:54.:46:03.

Messi. They want to getting booked. Just dawdling a little bit. Messi

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pinching it away. We have heard that Roger Federer is

:46:08.:46:19.

watching the Swiss team at Wimbledon. At the moment, they are

:46:20.:46:30.

having to defend stoutly, Argentina are squeezing up the pressure.

:46:31.:46:39.

I taught Rojo may have strayed offside there. -- thought. Di Maria

:46:40.:46:54.

on his left foot. Behrami doesn't half work hard. Mascherano.

:46:55.:47:03.

Opportunities on his left hand side, Di Maria, all left foot.

:47:04.:47:18.

Remarkable in a World Cup competition that a player would not

:47:19.:47:26.

trust his right foot to get the ball in in that good position. Rojo, a

:47:27.:47:33.

better ball in, the keeper saves well from a header from a grain --

:47:34.:47:53.

Gonzalo Higuain. The goal seems to be coming. Will not come with

:47:54.:48:05.

crosses like that. Won backed by Mehmedi. -- back. Inler prowling the

:48:06.:48:18.

midfield. He is away, changing direction. He played it towards

:48:19.:48:26.

Drmic, courting two minds. I think she clearly was the better option.

:48:27.:48:37.

-- Shaqiri. Higuain making his move. That was too easy to defend from

:48:38.:48:47.

Lavezzi. That is a misplaced pass. Switzerland beginning to look tired.

:48:48.:48:51.

They are getting overrun down their right hand side. Argentina's left.

:48:52.:49:05.

They need to stick Shaqiri in front of Lichtsteiner for a few minutes.

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Messi, fair challenge, Inler and Behrami combining. Behrami brings it

:49:13.:49:25.

out. In towards Xhaka. He was not expecting the pass. He has called a

:49:26.:49:35.

young Bastian Schweinsteiger, Hitzfeld. He has conceded a corner.

:49:36.:49:43.

-- called him. Are we going to see another big-name

:49:44.:50:01.

finally get over the line? Lavezzi with the corner. Fernandez is in

:50:02.:50:14.

there. Off Inler's head. Messi, brilliant. Deflected away by

:50:15.:50:22.

Djourou. Coming over to the left-hand side. A poor cross. Inler

:50:23.:50:33.

can get it away. A really good spell for Argentina. Di Maria gave Lavezzi

:50:34.:50:45.

too much work to do. Switzerland will make a substitution. It will be

:50:46.:50:54.

Gelson Fernandes. He scored against Spain, four years ago, he will come

:50:55.:51:05.

on for Xhaka. Fernandes will give them a bit of protection. He had a

:51:06.:51:11.

couple of years at Manchester City and Leicester. Lacking the impetus

:51:12.:51:23.

of his younger days, perhaps. Hitzfeld is a wily manager, seeing

:51:24.:51:28.

the problems Argentina were causing down the right-hand side, making the

:51:29.:51:36.

change to shore up that hole. He gets his first challenging. --

:51:37.:51:49.

challenge in. Argentina look for Higuain. Di Maria. Mascherano. Good

:51:50.:52:09.

decision by the referee, Inler brushing past Di Maria. Yes, can

:52:10.:52:27.

they take advantage of it? Zabaleta. Argentina switching it. Messi into

:52:28.:52:40.

the gap, a good ball. Zabaleta, a chance for Gonzalo Higuain. They

:52:41.:52:47.

look for him again, from Rojo. Messi! The chance for he -- Gonzalo

:52:48.:53:02.

Higuain is what your number nine fries on. I would like to see that

:53:03.:53:05.

opportunity again. A great ball in. A French match director today. His

:53:06.:53:30.

signature is very much the dramatic close-up, a bead of sweat flying off

:53:31.:53:41.

the forehead. As opposed to the chance we did not see from Higuain!

:53:42.:53:55.

That one is lumped away. Inler. Gelson Fernandes. Shaqiri. He has

:53:56.:54:01.

been quiet for a while. Trying to get it onto the left foot, but

:54:02.:54:04.

Mascherano saw the danger. Good recovery challenge there. He

:54:05.:54:30.

fouled Rojo in the end. Rojo was very strong, wasn't it?

:54:31.:54:45.

Grabbing the shirt of the 24-year-old Sporting Lisbon

:54:46.:54:48.

defender. Di Maria. Rojo back to him. His

:54:49.:55:13.

touch was a bit too heavy. Fabian Schar clears it away.

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Just over 20 minutes to go. Belgium versus the USA tonight. On the BBC.

:55:33.:55:46.

The winners of that play the winners of this one. Rojo. A good ball out

:55:47.:56:05.

to Zabaleta. That is a great run by Zabaleta, the pass did not match the

:56:06.:56:10.

quality of the run. Mascherano found himself in the same position a bit

:56:11.:56:18.

earlier, making that run. He has been a wonderful coach over the

:56:19.:56:23.

years, Ottmar Hitzfeld. He was has a sense of calmness and serenity about

:56:24.:56:30.

him. Anyone of a few coaches to win the Champions League with two teams,

:56:31.:56:35.

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Over 1000 club games. Di Maria could

:56:36.:56:49.

not keep that in play. -- only one of.

:56:50.:56:57.

That is an Argentinian throw. Maybe in opportunity for Ricky ?lvarez,

:56:58.:57:18.

Palacio is also a forward option. Fernandez can play wide. They must

:57:19.:57:27.

be thinking about making a change. It is Rodrigo Palacio. Waiting to

:57:28.:57:35.

come on. Another misplaced pass from Gago. This is Switzerland's bright

:57:36.:57:42.

spell. Switzerland had waited for their moment. Shaqiri. A Swiss

:57:43.:57:56.

throw. Taken quickly. Recovery by Fernandez.

:57:57.:58:04.

Shaqiri doing well. Mehmedi. He sliced that one poorly.

:58:05.:58:18.

He was cut down by Gelson Fernandes. No messing about. His third or

:58:19.:58:35.

fourth touch. That was cynically done. I think it is Lavezzi coming

:58:36.:59:02.

off. A crunching challenge. Palacio will come on. Ezequiel Lavezzi

:59:03.:59:07.

coming off. He has worked hard. You are supposed

:59:08.:59:35.

to do that! Will the quality come from this man? He has won a free

:59:36.:59:48.

kick. The Lazio's goal return poor for Argentinian, only three, scoring

:59:49.:59:57.

against Trinidad and Tobago. There is a striker as well. Nearly coming

:59:58.:00:23.

through to Fernandez. Palacio getting up in front of

:00:24.:00:30.

Higuain. They're almost stood on each other's toes. Always

:00:31.:00:40.

stretching, Palacio. Yeah, he was almost on his way down when he made

:00:41.:00:42.

connection. Which of these teams has enough in

:00:43.:01:15.

the final 15 minutes? The Argentine coach has been talking

:01:16.:01:43.

about that extreme pace they've up front at times and the rest of the

:01:44.:01:46.

supporting players not being able to get up in support quickly enough and

:01:47.:01:50.

they were going to work on that, but it hasn't happened.

:01:51.:02:31.

Almost trying to front three now, Argentina. Higuain getting stronger

:02:32.:02:42.

as the day goes on. Di Maria with a cross. Headed down by Djourou.

:02:43.:02:50.

Zabaleta followed it up. Seven Swiss players in their own penalty area,

:02:51.:02:57.

plus the goalkeeper. Messi shapes to shoot. The keeper blocks. Argentina

:02:58.:03:04.

claim a penalty. The keeper is injured, that's the

:03:05.:03:08.

first thing. So this corner is not happening very quickly. I think

:03:09.:03:11.

that's what the Swiss are complaining about, a foul on the

:03:12.:03:22.

goalkeeper. The Argentinian fans behind the goal... Was there a foul?

:03:23.:03:28.

My first reaction would be no. This is Messi on the ball. Decent

:03:29.:03:35.

strike. Comes off the goalkeeper. That's impossible to say from there.

:03:36.:03:45.

Comes through the legs, as well. The goalkeeper does well. Can only see

:03:46.:03:53.

it late. Goalkeeper doesn't foul him certainly.

:03:54.:04:02.

In fairness to the refer rye by actually doing nothing -- to the

:04:03.:04:09.

referee, by actually doing nothing, he's done everything. Messi just

:04:10.:04:15.

touch it is. A brave save that is. He knows he is going to get kicked.

:04:16.:04:31.

That's the keeper's ball. He fumbled it away. Swung out before it came

:04:32.:04:49.

back, I think. Seemed to shovel that one away.

:04:50.:05:07.

A wily old tactician, Hitzfeld. Sad news that his brother passed away

:05:08.:05:19.

last night. He is staying for the rest of the competition. Whether

:05:20.:05:27.

it's 11 minutes, or another 90 in the quarter-finals. And more.

:05:28.:05:47.

Is this the Messi moment now? Up through the gears. Crowded out

:05:48.:05:54.

again. Yeah, quickly crowded out, as well.

:05:55.:05:58.

This is a free kick given away by Shaqiri.

:05:59.:06:08.

He is not happy! He won't be happy now because that free kick was

:06:09.:06:12.

absolutely wasted. Normally he has an understanding

:06:13.:06:25.

with Messi built up over the years, Gago. It's not great today.

:06:26.:06:51.

Surely blocked on the edge of the box? The referee says no. That's a

:06:52.:06:57.

foul on Drmic. Fair enough. Switzerland are going

:06:58.:07:15.

to make a substitution. They've been swapping places in the

:07:16.:07:20.

team throughout the tournament, Drmic, the 21-year-old centre

:07:21.:07:23.

forward, replaced by Seferovic. Are we about to have a late, late

:07:24.:08:10.

drama again in the round of 16? Decent defending. Wins a free kick.

:08:11.:08:30.

Better this time, Fernandez. Has been a better second half, mind

:08:31.:08:45.

you, that's not saying a lot, is it? Some terrific names left in the

:08:46.:09:25.

World Cup. Messi is hovering on the edge of the

:09:26.:10:04.

penalty area. Comes to the ball now. Zabaleta picked it up.

:10:05.:10:09.

Palacio in the middle. Away by Schar.

:10:10.:10:40.

Neither Lichtsteiner or Rodriguez has hardly got out of their half in

:10:41.:10:46.

the second half. A dull game in round two eight years

:10:47.:11:14.

ago it was 0-0, a poor 90 minutes and 120 minutes, Switzerland in

:11:15.:11:16.

Germany. Surely now the first goal would win

:11:17.:11:29.

it. Nothing wrong with a tackle there.

:11:30.:11:56.

Seferoviy has stayed down. - free kick goes the way of Messi. The

:11:57.:12:01.

referee is right on it. Oh, behave yourself! Nothing in that

:12:02.:12:17.

at all. Why go down like that? Palacio with that little trademark

:12:18.:12:46.

hairstyle. Hair as in singular! Can Switzerland dramatically snatch

:12:47.:13:21.

it? Rodriguez, one of the game's best

:13:22.:14:02.

players. Can Argentina break? They have men on the far side. Schar

:14:03.:14:09.

clears. That's got to be offside. It is.

:14:10.:14:17.

One or two players starting to lose concentration.

:14:18.:14:29.

Superb. Brilliantly done. Into the box. Palacio. Behrami squeezes it

:14:30.:14:40.

out again. Breathtaking from Messi. It was. And is.

:14:41.:14:53.

The keeper thought about coming, towards Higuain, Garay was there.

:14:54.:15:03.

Rodriguez wins the challenge. Stupid boy. Rojo. He has hurt himself in

:15:04.:15:17.

the process. No, he will be fine! He is hurt through guilt. That is him

:15:18.:15:29.

out of the quarterfinal. Should they go through. The thing is, there was

:15:30.:15:40.

another 70-80 metres to get to the Argentinian goal, it was mad. Daft.

:15:41.:15:51.

We will go to extra time. Unless there is something dramatic. That

:15:52.:15:57.

was brilliant. I wonder if they will look for

:15:58.:16:36.

Fabian Schar, the centre-half, he scored two headed goals against

:16:37.:16:41.

Norway in qualification, the top scorer. Fernandes is up as well.

:16:42.:16:50.

Argentina will need to keep a tight grip on Fabian Schar. Number 22. He

:16:51.:17:00.

is standing onside at the moment, back off Daly onside. In exams

:17:01.:17:15.

towards sharp. -- towards Schar. -- back onside. He was actually well

:17:16.:17:25.

policed. Could not keep it down. They have had chances in the air.

:17:26.:17:33.

Higuain will look back on the video of this uncomfortably.

:17:34.:17:45.

That was aimless. Rodriguez make sure. That was poor from Fernandez.

:17:46.:18:03.

A little bit jittery. He is in his 20s. Experience with Napoli.

:18:04.:18:24.

Won back by Messi, and the final whistle-blowers, -- whistle is

:18:25.:19:08.

blown. We will be back for extra time. For the fourth time in seven

:19:09.:19:19.

knockout games, we have extra time. If neither side can break the

:19:20.:19:23.

deadlock, we will have the third penalty shoot out of the tournament.

:19:24.:19:30.

Argentina pressing impressing, but you only thought it would come from

:19:31.:19:37.

Messi. I thought they improved marginally in the second half, but

:19:38.:19:40.

the Argentinian performance was littered with substandard

:19:41.:19:45.

performances. The any time they got it from back to front, once halfway

:19:46.:19:50.

through the second half, getting it quickly, and they got in. If Messi

:19:51.:19:58.

was not creating anything, they were in trouble. Switzerland stifled the

:19:59.:20:04.

game, very well. We have not seen too many teens parking the bus,

:20:05.:20:08.

Switzerland did it well. If I was Messi, I would be saying, any chance

:20:09.:20:15.

of any view pulling your finger out? They have been shocking. Big-name

:20:16.:20:22.

players. A chance for Higuain. He had to score. They got a decent

:20:23.:20:30.

position. Messi with the volley. A piece of brilliance. That was how

:20:31.:20:40.

the game would be opened up. You were thinking, this is it. He has it

:20:41.:20:45.

where he wanted it. A very good save. Getting down, getting the

:20:46.:20:57.

rebound, very brave. A good save. Higuain, Di Maria, they have been

:20:58.:21:03.

absolutely awful. Terrible from start to finish. Losing possession

:21:04.:21:07.

37 times. That could be a world record! They tried him on the right,

:21:08.:21:15.

on the left, cutting in... The number of times he cut in, hitting

:21:16.:21:22.

the front man. This footballer has been pretty majestic Aurier Madrid

:21:23.:21:25.

this year. Rate in the Champions League. Everybody can lose form.

:21:26.:21:32.

This is typical. You do this if you are playing brilliantly, you can get

:21:33.:21:37.

away with this. Having an absolute stinker. You have four players in

:21:38.:21:43.

the box. Getting in a good position, that very rarely happens

:21:44.:21:47.

getting in a position like that. Doing something like that. You do

:21:48.:21:55.

that when you are three four up. Messi should be saying, any chance

:21:56.:22:01.

of you, Di Maria, Higuain, having a go? To Messi's credit, he did not

:22:02.:22:11.

half get going. He had three or four players around him every time, kept

:22:12.:22:24.

on plugging away. I think Lawro called that right, that was across.

:22:25.:22:34.

-- a cross. You are looking for Higuain to come to the party. A good

:22:35.:22:43.

ball in, but easy for the keeper. Switzerland offering nothing in the

:22:44.:22:47.

second half. I think they are going for penalties. That is what they are

:22:48.:22:52.

hoping for. They will, they have worked so hard for 90 minutes. That

:22:53.:22:58.

was a great chance. Great little cross. The Swiss game plan has

:22:59.:23:06.

worked. If they played open like against the French, they would have

:23:07.:23:11.

suffered a similar result. If they go out and try and attack teams,

:23:12.:23:16.

that is what will happen. You have the feeling that if the Argentinians

:23:17.:23:19.

play a bit quicker, they will have some success. The only way

:23:20.:23:25.

Switzerland will play in extra time is exactly the same, even more so

:23:26.:23:31.

getting men behind the ball. It is up to the Argentinians to go and win

:23:32.:23:38.

the game. Argentina won Switzerland to come out and play. When they did

:23:39.:23:44.

get the ball, they were too slow in transition. Only one man can solve

:23:45.:23:55.

the problem... Messi. Another 30 minutes, here is Mark Lawrenson and

:23:56.:24:06.

Jonathan Pearce. Over 60,000 in the ground, most of them Argentinian

:24:07.:24:10.

supporters. Trying to get their team going at the start of extra time.

:24:11.:24:14.

Argentina still have a couple of substitutions to make. Switzerland

:24:15.:24:21.

have one change left to make. I don't think they will change the way

:24:22.:24:25.

they are playing. Argentina need to step up the quality of the final

:24:26.:24:27.

ball. Here is Zabaleta. The Manchester City defender has it

:24:28.:24:50.

again. A couple of times he has marauding forward, the final pass

:24:51.:24:56.

has been lacking. A good run by Palacio, aimed at him. This is the

:24:57.:25:04.

very capable Ricardo Rodriguez. Dawdling a bit. Palacio. That came

:25:05.:25:14.

off Djourou. The big-name countries in the second round have had their

:25:15.:25:24.

anxious moments, having to wait, Brazil, France, Germany or coming

:25:25.:25:30.

through. In comes the corner kick. The keeper came, did not quite make

:25:31.:25:41.

an impression from Garay. I am not sure whether he was trying to

:25:42.:25:55.

punch. He punches this time. Leo Messi. Fernando Gago. Away by Gelson

:25:56.:26:05.

Fernandes. That was a bit hopeful. Not a bad

:26:06.:26:24.

idea, certainly. The execution not quite good enough. This is the

:26:25.:26:31.

moment he comes, does not get there. Since I keep Parry is the Garay

:26:32.:26:39.

header. -- it seems like he parries the Garay header.

:26:40.:26:57.

Messi hesitated, surrounded, play on said the referee. Messi getting more

:26:58.:27:04.

and more frustrated. A decent cross in for separate --

:27:05.:27:09.

Seferovic. A chance for Palacio. The keeper

:27:10.:27:36.

came out, hesitant. That is risky. He has pushed off Higuain. He is all

:27:37.:27:56.

over him. That is dangerous for a centre-back, anywhere in the game.

:27:57.:28:04.

Garay is up from the back. Gago is there as well.

:28:05.:28:13.

The keeper had to save it again. It came off the back of Palacio's Aird.

:28:14.:28:18.

You are right. -- head. He did well to fashion that chance

:28:19.:28:37.

against the taller man. Rodriguez. Lichtsteiner. Whatever happens to

:28:38.:28:48.

Switzerland, they can hold their heads up high. Not pretty, but very

:28:49.:28:59.

effective in what they have done. A little spin, the Brazilians in the

:29:00.:29:03.

crowd loving it. That is as far as it goes. He got lucky. Behrami

:29:04.:29:21.

covering Fabian Schar there. Zabaleta left it for Mascherano, and

:29:22.:29:29.

vice versa. It is like the keystone cops out there. He has blocked him

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off. How on earth could he turned to the referee and protest? -- turn. He

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shouldn't. Sergio Romero has not looked greatly convincing. Inler has

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it. That is easy. They have dealt with

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the second ball well. Di Maria has given it away yet again. A little

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kick out at Gelson Fernandes. That is a big, optimistic effort.

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32 shots on goal in the game, apparently, I am being told by the

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stats. Not too sure. On goal, not on target, obviously. Argentina still

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bossing possession. 62%. Messi picked that up. It's out of

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play. He wasn't up with the play, the

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assistant referee and didn't seem to be looking. He made the right

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decision, though. Should it go to penalties, Argentina

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would fancy themselves, they've won three of their four shoot-outs.

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Including, you will remember, England fans with pain, 1998.

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If they can give Shaqiri a sight of goal on his left foot.

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Messi in a position there where he can't receive. Look how many of the

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players are around the ball. Play further up the pitch. A huge gap

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between five Argentina players and three.

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If they got more adventurous, Switzerland, they could win this

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without it going to penalties. It's just really basic. Would love

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to see the statistics, how many passes have been misplaced.

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Possession conceded. Roger Federer is still watching

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nervously. Mehmedi has worked hard up and down

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the Swiss left. Rodriguez has had a good tournament. He looks a very

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good player. Out by Schar. The decision-making in

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this game has been so poor by nearly everybody. Amazing.

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The Brazilian fans are loving the fact that Switzerland is playing

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around Argentina. Three men on Messi straightaway. Not

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a team-mate in sight. No help whatsoever.

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Behrami was there again. How many miles has he covered today?

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Well done, ref, make him get up. If Argentina are going to make a

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substitution it's going to be Basanta who comes on.

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He can play leftback. More comfortable as a centreback. If

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Argentina get through he is probably playing in the next game. Rojo

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can't, he is suspended. 106 minutes and Di Maria is away.

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Higuain is joining him in the middle.

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Needs a good ball. Away by Djourou. No quality on the pass again.

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Three Swiss players in front of Messi.

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Half-time. Half-time in extra time. Di Maria again so very wasteful.

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It's hard to see which team is going to win this. The Swiss look stronger

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and quicker, without really threatening Argentina. There's just

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no change to the Argentine tactics. When they broke there and the ball

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eventually ended up with Messi, there were three Swiss players on to

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him very quickly. But that's been all the game. Nobody else from

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Argentina reacted to it. Nobody was in there saying, pass it to me, take

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the three players out of the game. Really, you take him out of this

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team and they're very, very ordinary on what we have seen in the World

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Cup so far. Aguero would have made a difference certainly. Yes. They'll

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hope to get him back for the next game, if they can get through the

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next 15 minutes. A defensive midfield player, Biglia. They can't

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be gambling on penalties. That's what they say, extra time,

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never sit down or lie down. It shows you're tired.

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Messi looks absolutely exhausted there. Yeah.

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They've sent Biglia back to the dugout.

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15 minutes to go. They've to make a substitution now. Gago is going to

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go off and Biglia is the man who comes on.

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They haven't made hugely adventurous changes. Left back for a left back,

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holding midfield player for a holding midfield player. What a

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disappointment this game has been. Switzerland kick off the second half

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of extra time. It's a goal kick for Argentina. The only thing I wonder

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is that with the holding midfield player, whether they might stick

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four up front. It's early but it looks like they might have done.

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Pushed Messi further up, Palacio on the left. Di Maria on the right.

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Looks like it's with four players. They'll have to protect those

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centrebacks. It Biglia's first touch went out of play. He is another

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Italian bass -- based player, at Lazio. You cannot imagine what is

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going through his mind in these circumstances. The circumstances, he

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had a family bereavement yesterday, he was told.

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Palacio has come in behind a Higuain, virtually on top of each

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other. Switzerland can be a bit older, they can go and win this.

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They have not really been bowled in the game. Would be a big change,

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certainly. Mascherano still ranting and raving. It is what keeps him

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going. Garay. They have definitely gone

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with four up top. Messi is right through the middle. Mascherano.

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Palacio is in the middle. Messi on the edge of the box. They have three

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players in the opposition's area. The build-up is plodding. Messi. Can

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he change it now, in a blink of an eye. Di Maria. He has gone for it!

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Excellent save. He would have redeemed himself, in one sweet

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moment. He struck it well, but it was a comfortable save. You were to

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say that all day. -- you would expect him to say that all day.

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Looks good for the cameras. A touch by Palacio at the near post. Mehmedi

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getting across. A poor touch, Switzerland can break. Seferovic was

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not the bravest, Shaqiri turning away in disgust. Actually Zabaleta

:48:24.:48:32.

did well, watching the ball, pinching it off his toes.

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It is the extra touch, all the time. If they get beyond this stage, they

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will have to improve in the last eight. Di Maria, floating it in.

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Straight into the hands of the lag -- -- hands of Benaglio. For a

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player who had such a great season with Real Madrid, he has had eight

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anchor. Argentina have been on the winning side in five of their six

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World Cup games when they have gone to extra time. Both teams looked

:49:28.:49:35.

very tired. They are dead on their feet. -- he has had a stinker.

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No real movement upfront, one paced. The left-back has never passed the

:49:52.:50:20.

ball forward. Di Maria. Messi. Forced away from goal by Behrami. He

:50:21.:50:27.

has got into the box. Fabian Schar with the clearance. The pressure is

:50:28.:50:44.

on got -- Inler. That is won back fairly. Palacio, back to the

:50:45.:50:49.

substitute left-back. Credit to Mascherano, at 30, to keep

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going. Di Maria cutting inside. That came off Djourou? He did well,

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actually. It would be ironic if Di Maria won this one having had that

:51:25.:51:30.

is a stinker. He will not win it like that. Not in a month of

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Sundays. Looking at his body language when he was approaching it,

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lazy, laconic. Here comes another Swiss substitution. Mehmedi coming

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off. He has worked so hard up the left-hand side. The man he comes on

:51:56.:52:29.

M Blerim Dzemaili. , Davis is his third World finals appearance. He is

:52:30.:52:37.

another Napoli player. Not too many of them have experience of taking

:52:38.:52:45.

penalties. Blerim Dzemaili is very experienced. This well played

:52:46.:53:03.

Rodriguez, just watching the ball. Di Maria trying to force it inside.

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-- that is well played. It is a throw to Argentina. Dzemaili tries

:53:12.:53:20.

to keep things going. Still six minutes to go. That is hoisted to

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Zabaleta. He comes across beyond Higuain. Seferovic. A free kick to

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Switzerland. Messi can barely pick himself up off the turf.

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It has been a game full of tension, with errors, on paper, promising a

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glut of goals. Switzerland have gone back to their tight defensive

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security from the qualifying days. They let in just six goals.

:54:18.:54:25.

He had Lichtsteiner available wife, he went narrow. -- wide. Here comes

:54:26.:54:38.

Switzerland again, Dzemaili. Rodriguez.

:54:39.:54:51.

There is no real rush, is there? The winners of this will play either

:54:52.:55:00.

Belgium USA. That nearly came through. As he hurt himself? He's

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OK. -- either Belgium or USA. Fabian Schar caught the eye in the London

:55:18.:55:21.

Olympics, the Swiss Player of the Year last year. The Argentinian

:55:22.:55:31.

players who have been practising penalties, Messi, Higuain, Di

:55:32.:55:41.

Maria, Mascherano, Demichelis. He's not taking one, is the? -- is he? Di

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Maria has some energy. He has kept going. Di Maria. Messi, but too much

:56:09.:56:21.

weight on the pass. It was almost a token run. He has nothing in there.

:56:22.:56:32.

He has been a wonderful player at a wonderful football club, he must

:56:33.:56:34.

look around at some of his team-mates... They are distinctly

:56:35.:56:52.

average. Under three minutes. Mascherano has worked so hard for

:56:53.:56:57.

Argentina. They have a man over. Messi with the run. Kenny finally

:56:58.:57:04.

win it. Di Maria, it is in! It is Di Maria. -- can he finally win it?

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That is it for Switzerland, heartache. The Argentinian

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substitutes are

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