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Good morning. The last two places in the quarterfinals of the World Cup
programmes last. Martin Keown is with me. We will show you Belgium
against the USA later. We will start with the game in Sao Paulo,
Argentina against Switzerland. Watched by Mark Lawrenson and
Jonathan Pearce. Can Lionel Messi become the first
man since 1930 to score in four successive Argentine World Cup final
matches? It is a wonderful, raucous and thrilling atmosphere inside the
ground. Argentina have made one change with Sergio Aguero ruled out
with a five strain. Ezekiel Lavezzi replaces him. They are looking to
make the last eight for the sixth time in eight finals. Switzerland
have never won a game beyond the opening-round of the World Cup or
European Championship. Fabian Schar brought in to shore up that leaking
defence. He stays in there, I'm changed. They have lost just twice
in 21 games. Over the last two years. We've had 20 minutes and
nothing is really happening. Another corner kick. Argentina came out all
over the place. Two against one, from a corner kick. Back into the
bottom and that is a good save. And again, Sergio Romero called into
action. I don't think he saw that second one until late. The first one
was good because he could only save it with his feet. Still going, he
stayed on his feet. Switzerland on the counterattack. Josip Drmic, the
keeper stayed back. And that was a very weak finish. He is fortunate,
Romero. He thought about it again, and in the end, it is such a poor
finish from Josip Drmic. Gokhan Inler with a lovely ball forward.
Shaqiri, the flag has stayed down. Josip Drmic. By the time he gets the
ball, the angle has been closed down. It is virtually impossible to
score from there. It was a narrow angle. What will Alejandro Sabella
be thinking about at the moment, with his team? What is he doing?
Showboating. He cannot be serious. If you were his team-mate, you would
be going bananas, would you not? That is the first time they have got
behind Rodriguez, for the whole game. That is a better ball in and
the keeper has to save well. It was a much better ball in. He stole half
a yard on the Swiss defence. Lionel Messi going into the gap the catered
by Lavezzi. Gonzalo Higuain, and another big chance has come and
gone. Lionel Messi! They are almost playing a front three now,
Argentina, Zabaleta, following that up. Seven
Swiss players in their own penalty area, plus the goalkeeper. The
goalkeeper blocks. Argentina claim a penalty. The goalkeeper is injured,
that is the first thing. The Swiss are complaining about a foul on the
goalkeeper. Rodrigo Palacio came in for the rebound. Was there a foul on
him? Three minutes of added time signalled.
I wonder whether they will let Fabian Schar, the centre-half, he is
standing offside at the moment, he has got himself back onside. In it
comes towards Fabian Schar. Lavezzi was well pleased, wasn't he? He
could not keep it down. That is one backed by Lionel Messi. And the
final whistle blows of the 90 minutes. We will have an extra 30
minutes of extra time. Argentina and Switzerland, 0-0. Lionel Messi. Can
you change it in the blink of an eye? Angel Di Maria, he has gone for
it. Splendid save. He has redeemed himself in one sweet moment there,
Angel Di Maria. He struck it well, but it is a comfortable save.
Rodrigo Palacio, back to the substitute left-back.
Angel Di Maria. He cut inside. That came off Johan Djourou, didn't it? I
think so. He did well, actually. Lionel Messi with the corner kick.
Away to Angel Di Maria. Never in a month of Sundays. For a player who
had such a magnificent season with Real Madrid, a magnificent Champions
League final. Lionel Messi with the run. Can he finally win it? And it
is Angel Di Maria! As soon as it broke away from Switzerland and went
to the feet of Lionel Messi, you thought something might happen. It
is as though he knew exactly where he was going. Once he goes, Lionel
Messi, he waits, and that is a great finish. For a boy who has had such a
bad day, that is a sensational finish, because he could have
panicked, and he just placed the ball past the goalkeeper. That is a
cool finish in the circumstances. Well it may not be the winning goal.
He has had an absolute stinker. That is a cynical foul on Rodriguez. We
are into the last ten seconds. Three minutes of stoppage time. Gokhan
Inler with the free kick. That came off Haris Seferovic. You could tell
by the way that they were rushing to get the ball. The goalkeeper is up.
Up comes the good in. -- Diego Benaglio. That was an adventurous
overhead. The goalkeeper is still up there. Unbelievable! Blerim Dzemali
could not connect with the rebound. None of the Argentine players went
for it. They had no idea what happened. That is such a good
header. It was down and away from the goalkeeper. How unlucky is
that? Switzerland, like Algeria, Nigeria, Mexico,
that? Switzerland, like Algeria, close, only to fail at the last
hurdle. Rodriguez put, and the goalkeeper has stayed up there. Now
Angel Di Maria is beyond one defender. He has gone for it. He has
not scored, but he is wasting valuable seconds. Still, the Swiss
push on. Haris Seferovic. Xherdan Shaqiri, onto his left foot, he is
brought down by Ezekiel Garay. He is claiming a dive. Where does the
goalkeeper stand. Xherdan Shaqiri to keep Switzerland in it. Argentina
celebrate. Argentina are through. It is all over. This therefore Diego
Benaglio, beating after 118 minutes. And Angel Di Maria, Argentina into
the quarterfinals again. 1-0, four Argentina against Switzerland. It
was not the greatest of games, but like so many Argentina games,
settled by a moment of brilliance by Lionel Messi. It was a great run
from him and Angel Di Maria does the rest, a player who was out of sorts
in the match. He did not realise how badly he was playing. It was such a
bad evening for him. And the bad evening in general for Argentina.
You cannot see them winning the competition. But they have got into
the next round, and Lionel Messi is a revelation. I thought he was
trying to take people on a little bit too much, but they got there, in
the end. Is there a danger for the Argentina players that no matter how
badly they feel that they are playing themselves, they expect
Lionel Messi to get them out of it. He can attract offenders and shift
the ball quickly and make space for others. Gonzalo Higuain is
completely out thought. They need Sergio Aguero back from injury.
Lionel Messi cannot keep doing it all on his own. If they want to win
it, they are going to have to regroup. In that first game against
Bosnia he was described as changing the game. He has not scored an
international goal for 11 months. He does not look like he is going to
change that any time soon. Mascherano is playing well in them
at field. -- in their midfield. I would like the best place to be
still in there, and he is certainly one of them. That left 1/4-final
place Upper grabs. Who would be the opponents of
place Upper grabs. Who would be the opponents Argentina in the last
eight, Belgium or the USA? Time for a superhero. In a nation's time of
need, 23 men have come together from across the globe to wear the red,
white and blue in the fight for glory. From England, from Germany,
superhuman strength from within and from Captain America himself,
lightning strikes and a will to win. Together this force field shielding
them from the threat of elimination. The leader on this quest is a true
World Cup superhero. But they will have to have their wits about them
as they face the inventive and fearless stars of Belgium. They will
be hoping to make the headlines and live up to their billing as genuine
contenders for the trophy. They have been far from exceptional but they
seem to have the inside story on their opponents. With their faces
familiar all about the world, there can be no hiding place if they find
themselves in a tricky spot, tonight. In this long overdue World
Cup sequel, these two nations will do battle for supreme justice in
Salvador. been in front for a total of 24
minutes so far. On the whole, their performance has been a
disappointment, none more though the Romelu Lukaku. Vincent Kompany is
fit after having a niggling groin injury. The United States have one
one, drawn one and lost one. Geoff Cameron is on in midfield and
Alejandro Bedoya is the only other change. The earliest goal Belgium
scored with the 78th minute winner against South Korea. The kid nearly
scored by 40 seconds there! That is the pace he's got. A good save from
Tim Howard. Good interplay with Bradley. Couldn't quite get it out
off his feet. A comfortable save for devout core draft. -- Thibaut
Courtois. They are in real trouble here. Kevin De Bruyne puts it wide.
That was a brilliant chance. Loses it midfield.
That is beautiful. Jan Vertonghen could've pulled it back, instead it
is a way. DaMarcus Beasley did well. Lovely ball in by Jan Vertonghen. It
was tempting and inviting and two of them went for it and neither of them
got a touch. He does have options off the bench and he's used well,
the Belgium coach. Three of his substitutions have scored for him in
the tournament so far. A great header, just nudged the top of the
crossbar. Much better pressure from Belgium. A good save by Tim Howard
there. They are really up against it at the moment, the United States.
That would've been the goal of the tournament. That would've been as
good as anything we've seen. Great technique, this.
Lovely footwork by Kevin Mirallas. Just get fit into the ground, it's
not a clean strike. He will be disappointed by that. Normally the
closer you get to 90 minutes, the more cagey and cautious it gets, but
no sign of that. Lovely ball, Kevin Mirallas onside
and I think Tim Howard got something on it. He did, it will be a corner.
What a save. Three times now, Tim Howard. Jermaine Jones has made
What a save. Three times now, Tim great run. Vincent Kompany comes
across to say that is enough of that. Superb defending from Binns
Co. He read that so well. -- from Vincent Kompany.
Hold on, here is Romelu Lukaku. And it is 1-0 Belgium! Kevin De Bruyne!
Great finish. Batman Romelu Lukaku causing the problems. Strength and
power, fresheners. They couldn't cope with it. I actually thought he
was going to go on his own. Really composed, isn't it. Yes, that is the
perfect world. -- the perfect word. Top goal-scoring.
2-0! Belgium is heading to Brasilia, where they will face
Argentina. Romelu Lukaku would be second surely winning goal. Takes
his time, a perfectly weighted pass. That is exactly the finish we would
expect at the season at Everton. Confident, powerful. You can see the
smile on his face. Oh, Diaz scored! What a fantastic
goal and! Julian Green for the United States! What a moment for
that young man. Onside. Just off the edge of his town. -- his toe. Listen
that young man. Onside. Just off the to the noise. Cameron is driving
forward. Oh, it is just wide. It is wide by a whisker. Jermaine Jones. I
can't believe what I'm watching. Talk about turning a game around.
Howard again. Howard again. Two of them couldn't stop him, but Howard
did. Jones blocked by Vincent Kompany. A free kick for the USA.
The Belgium manager looks more nervous than he did five minutes
ago. They were virtually celebrating it. A brilliant save! What a free
kick! That is the best free kick in the World Cup so far. And if you
want anyone on the end of it, it is Thibaut Courtois. What a ball.
Belgium are through. But what a scare. They are then run into the
ground, the Belgians. We will come onto the side that won that game in
just a moment but you have to give something to the USA their work.
Truly amazing. They are so proud, the Americans. They just did not
know when they would beat in. I don't think anybody wanted it to go
to extra time, but once it did, I wanted them to take it back. Their
attitude, they are never beaten. You could see their manager losing and
squeezing out a little bit more from his team. They were so unlucky they
didn't take it to penalties in the end. They were unlucky because they
had chances. The free kick they had was incredibly well worked. Yes,
Jones in that midfield, Gonzales at the back. Bradfield, the midfield
maestro. Let's just hope the game continues to grow there. We wanted
to be the number one sport in America. Yet again, Belgium reliant
on a substitute, Romelu Lukaku who came on and change the game. To be
honest, he's been like a pussy cat so far. Tonight, he changed. He was
angry and he is a frightening sight. He is really at the top of his form.
It will be interesting to see if he starts the next match. Kevin De
Bruyne at the end grabbing the goal they needed in extra time. So often,
the goal comes early in that extra time period. No, it's been a
fantastic competition. Looking forward now to the latter stages. As
Martin says, it gets better and better. We are down to the last
eight. One of these teams will be your World Cup winner. We will see
you at the weekend. The post! Brazil win in the most
romantic of circumstances. This was not joy. This was pure relief. Are
in chanting game is a universal language. Wherever you are, the same
emotions stir. We wonder at the genius. Magic! Sheer brilliance!
There is devastation at defeat seized from the jaws of victory.
They have broken Mexican hearts. We have welcomed the world to our
beautiful country, but it is time for some to leave. No one wants to
go home early. Not yet. Those that remain continue with the carnival.
go home early. Not yet. Those that This should be fun, no? Only in