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Argentina 1-0 Switzerland

Argentina 1-0 Switzerland

  • Argentina 1-0 Switzerland

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    "That was that one big chance you always expect to come in extra time. Angel Di Maria has been the best player on the pitch, but Lionel Messi, he is the man Argentina look to and he came up with it.

    "Fabian Shar dived in on him but Messi rode the challenge with fantastic balance and rolled it out to Di Maria, who wasn't going to miss. A cool finish."

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    That Gym Guy: Di Maria has been the worst player on the pitch all game. He and Argentina don't deserve that.

  • Former Republic of Ireland and Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

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    "What a great finish from Angel Di Maria. For a boy who has had such a bad day, that is a sensational finish."

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    Never right this Argentina team off!"

    Messi, who has looked shattered for the last 20 minutes, goes on a surging run before teeing-up Angel Di Maria with a delicious pass.

    The Real Madrid man fires a low finish beyond the despairing hands of Diego Benaglio.

    Heartbreak for Switzerland.

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    Alexander Plumb: Belgium and USA are rubbing their hands at playing either the Swiss or Argentina in the quarter-finals.

    Ryan Konkolewski: The worst match I've ever seen and I used to referee Sunday League.

    Charlotte Horne: This match is painful.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    It's gone very quiet inside the ground, which is full of mostly Argentina fans.

    Messi is struggling. He looks exhausted. Both teams look as though they are resigned to penalties.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "Angel Di Maria has been the liveliest player for Argentina. There has been the odd moment from Lionel Messi but not enough. The last 10 minutes will be fascinating. You do not want to make a mistake. Both teams will be desperate not to lose this game."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    The South Americans are patiently building from the back.

    Another attempt by Angel Di Maria deflects off a red shirt and leads to a corner.

    It comes to nothing. Switzerland bring on midfielder Blerim Dzemaili for Admir Mehmedi.

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    Mortan Enni: I get the feeling a scrappy goal will end this match. The Swiss are waiting for penalties and Argentina are hoping for some Messi brilliance.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    Ten minutes away from penalties.

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    Alice: Messi has worked twice as hard as any of the Argentines. If he had been on the end of some of his own passes they might have a goal.

    Marc, London: If France had finished second in their group, they would probably have beaten Argentina and would have avoided Germany in the quarters. An easier route to the final.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "What a fantastic save that was by Diego Benaglio. He flew to his left-hand side and with his right hand diverts Angel Di Maria's shot over the bar."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    Out of nowhere Angel Di Maria lashes a goal-bound shot from the edge of the area that has Diego Benaglio scrambling across his line to turn over.

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    He's not a happy man. Lionel Messi is being shut out. Penalties are looming and Switzerland's small pocket of fans are getting louder and louder.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "This has got penalties written all over it."

  • KICK-OFF

    Posted at106 mins

    We're back under way.

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    Joe Wedgwood: As someone who's always lived and breathed football, I can't quite believe how disillusioned diving has made me with football.

    Alexander: If this goes to penalties I don't fancy Romero, he's the lesser goalkeeper.

    Colin Reardon: I can't see either the Swiss or Argentina winning the World Cup on this performance.

  • HALF-TIME

    Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    Half-time in extra time arrives with the game still deadlocked.

    Anxious times for Argentina's army of fans. Time for someone to step forward but Messi looks exhausted.

    Penalties are on the horizon.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

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    "Play is really starting to get stretched now. After a long and tiring game, chasing the ball is not easy. Switzerland have got to remain focused. If they can take this to penalties it will be a fantastic result for them."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    A huge roar inside Arena de Sao Paulo as Gelson Fernandes slips past Javier Mascherano's attempted hack.

    Argentina are running out of ideas. Half-time of extra time is fast approaching.

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    Steve Thomasson: This game is almost as bad as watching England.

    Bekele Best: Switzerland will win 5-4 on penalties.

    Ian Perkins: Go straight to penalties and give me some excitement.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    Not as nervous as Alejandro Sabella will be feeling right now, Roger.

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    Swiss tennis star Roger Federer on Twitter: Slightly nervous #switzerland

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "We're starting to see fatigue and a lack of concentration kick in for both teams now. Both Argentina and Switzerland are making needless mistakes.

    "It's going to be either a wonder-goal from Argentina or a scruffy goal from Switzerland to break the deadlock. It's a toss of the coin which way it will go. Or of course there are penalties."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at99 mins

    A sea of red shirts has formed in front of the Swiss box.

    Argentina cannot find a way through. More frustration as Rodrigo Palacio hacks down Valon Behrami.

    This is dreadfully untidy.

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    Harry, Leicester: Stop calling for Tevez, people. He's not in the squad because he couldn't be implemented in the team alongside Messi. He forced Messi into a less influential role, and Argentina haven't missed him.

    Andrew: Argentina are making hard work of this. One mistake or one moment of brilliance will settle it.

    Ravi, London: If England had been dealt Argentina's draw we'd be through to the quarter-finals. Argentina have been so poor.

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  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    Argentina want this done and dusted before penalties.

    Substitute Rodrigo Palacio forces another save with a glancing header.

    Switzerland are having to dig deep. Can they hold out for penalties?

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "I thought that was in - from the angle we had it was a slow motion loop into the net.

    "Gelson Fernandes will be important for Switzerland in extra time, he is a fit lad, happy to get up and down the pitch. But he will have to be careful - he is on a booking already."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    Chaos in the Swiss area. Ezequiel Garay gets on the end of Angel Di Maria's corner but Diego Benaglio deals with the danger.

  • Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen

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    "I still have the feeling that if Argentina can get it down and play it a bit quicker they will have some success. Switzerland will only play one way in extra-time - defend deep."

  • KICK-OFF

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    Wake up! Extra time has started.

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    Brandon Deakin: Possibly one of the worst World Cup games so far. A dreadful game of football.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "On the balance of play 0-0 is probably about right. Argentina had one or two chances in the second half but Switzerland should have been up at half-time. I've been impressed by them. They had a game plan, and sometimes you have to be a bit negative."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

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    "If I was Messi I would be saying to the rest of them 'any chance you could pull your finger out'. Argentina have been shocking."

  • FULL-TIME

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    So if Argentina are to make the quarter-finals for the fourth time in five attempts then they're going to have to do it the hard way.

    They have yet to turn up in Sao Paulo.

    Switzerland will be cursing the chances they have spurned. League One finishing on the World Cup stage.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "A glorious opportunity for Fabian Schar, he just got underneath his header as he rose under pressure."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    Chance for Switzerland.

    A free-kick is whipped into Argentina's penalty area but Fabian Schar cannot keep his header down.

    Poor. Poor. Poor.

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    Gareth, London: Messi has proved time and time-again that he has the stomach for the big occasion. It's only a matter of time until he proves that again in this game.

    James: This is easily the worst match in the round of 16.

    Kevin, Edinburgh: This game is exactly the reason why Carlos Tevez should have been taken to the World Cup. A striker who will put the extra effort in at all times.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    Switzerland are so close to taking this to extra time.

    But they'll remember what Argentina did to Iran in stoppage time earlier in the tournament.

    Three minutes of added time.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "Switzerland got demolished by France, obviously they have learned from that. Today they have been a lot more solid, if a lot less ambitious, but it is working for them. They have worked so hard. But we have seen some late goals. Including Lionel Messi's against Iran."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    Temperatures rise on the pitch as the red mist - and a whole lot of frustration - descends.

    Messi challenges Valon Behrami and the Swiss midfielder goes down in a theatrical manner after the slightest of shoves.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    The winners of this match meet Belgium and the USA for a place in the semi-finals.

    Neither will worry about facing Argentina or Switzerland.

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    Yousuf Ali: Argentina struggled against every team in the group stages; Messi was their saving grace so I'm not surprised.

    Thompson Beeby: The passing and crossing is truly awful from both sides.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    A scrappy match gets even scrappier.

    Messi appears to be dragged down just outside the Swiss area but the referee is not interested.

    Switzerland then break but Josip Drmic is fouled by Ezequiel Garay.

    It's fair to say this has not been a classic.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "Finally that bit of magic from Lionel Messi. When it came to him on the edge of the box, he passed one, passed two, such balance - we've heard people say just show him on his right, but you cannot do that, he is too good. Messi drove the shot in, Diego Benaglio spilled it the first time, but he saw it late, and makes an excellent second save."

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

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    "The cross was just behind Rodrigo Palacio, it was not an easy chance and it might have been a better one for the player behind him - Gonzalo Higuain. Palacio was just a little bit too eager."

  • Former Republic of Ireland and Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

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    "The goalkeeper does well. The shot goes through legs and he only sees it late. Good save."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    Lionel Messi forces a clever save with a low shot from just inside the area.

    It comes moments after substitute Rodrigo Palacio goes close to putting Argentina ahead.

    Switzerland are on the back-foot.

  • Former England captain Gary Lineker

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    "In the first 70 minutes, Angel di Maria has lost possession 28 times. That has to be some sort of record."

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    Phoenixville: The Swiss plan is simple. Hold on for 90 minutes and beyond and go for the shoot-out. We all know the outcome then.

    Naz: Not sure why Argentina are deploying their attacks down the left. It's coming to nothing. Need to drive through the centre.

    Alexander: If Angel di Maria was a delivery service, nothing would get delivered. Terrible today. Great ability but where is the final ball?

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "The only way I can see Argentina scoring is through a lapse of concentration from the Switzerland defence, which has not happened so far, or through a moment of sheer magic from Lionel Messi. Argentina have been very ineffective."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at75 mins

    It is only two weeks since Switzerland were taken apart by France but they are holding out well in Sao Paulo.

    A crunching challenge by substitute Gelson Fernandes results in a rise in the decibel levels and a booking for the Swiss sub.

    Argentina finally make a change, Lavezzi makes way for Rodrigo Palacio.

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    Mo, Manchester: How on earth can people criticise Messi? He's been clinical in every game even though every team has a tactic to crowd him out. And he's not exactly got the best in-form attacking players with him. Higuain's been poor.

    Luke, Herts: Ricardo Rodriguez looks like a quality left-back. A good fit for Man Utd?

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    Twenty minutes remaining. Is another last-16 tie heading for extra time?

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "Gelson Fernandes, formerly of Manchester City, now of SC Freiburg, has lots of energy and will get forward."

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    Angel Di Maria's showboating attempt to cross the ball, which then went straight out of play, has not gone down well on Twitter.

    Mike White: Pathetic attempt at showboating from the Argentina player on that 'cross'....both the intention and execution.

    Mahbub Albahry: Di Maria and his crosses have not impressed me at all. All seems to be dull.

    John Dunthorne: Showboating in a World Cup tie that you need to win, they should send Di Maria home.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    First change of the match as Switzerland's Granit Xhaka makes way for Gelson Fernandes.

    It comes as Argentina enjoy their best spell. Higuain goes close before Messi volleys narrowly over from distance.

    The Swiss are creaking. Argentina have finally come alive!

    Watch Messi's chance again via the highlights tab.

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    David: Argentina looking less and less likely to be serious contenders for this World Cup as the tournament goes on. Who knows, a bit of Messi magic may again carry them through this game. But world champions need more than that.

  • Former Republic of Ireland and Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

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    "Switzerland are starting to get overrun on their left side."

  • CLOSE!

    Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    Argentina's best chance by far.

    Marcos Rojo whips in a delightful ball which Gonzalo Higuain powers towards goal but Diego Benaglio comes to Switzerland's rescue with a fingertip save.

    The Swiss are beginning to tire.

    Watch the chance again via the highlights tab at the top of the page.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

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    "I'm starting to believe that Switzerland can cause a massive upset. They just need one chance to fall to Xherdan Shaqiri. If they can keep their concentration they could easily nick it 1-0.

    "Argentina have been disappointing. Sooner or later they will have to make a substitution. Ezequiel Lavezzi has been ineffective, he likes to turn in behind people, but hasn't had the opportunity to do that and therefore hasn't done anything of any real note."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at60 mins

    Argentina are stirring!

    Full-back Marcos Rojo goes close with a cross-shot but the patience of their fans is tested when Angel Di Maria's attempted cross goes sailing out for a goal kick.

    Surely the Real Madid winger is living on borrowed time as far as this match is concerned.

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    Dave Payn: Do wonder sometimes whether teams actually want to win this? Hardly any goals in first halves of the knockout stage games so far.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    Swiss tennis star Roger Federer is cheering on his boys after his Wimbledon win earlier.

    I hope his last-16 tie was more entertaining than this.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

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    "I think Ottmar Hitzfeld will have said to his Switzerland players at half-time: 'Stay organised, stay compact, and have a bit more belief going forward'.

    "Argentina are becoming frustrated and Switzerland have grown in confidence. If they can nullify Lionel Messi, which of course is no easy task, then there is a great opportunity for them on the counter attack."

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    The Typewriter: Higuain has had another dreadful game; I struggle to remember a big match where he's had any major impact.

    Josh Pickwick: Can see the Swiss pinching this.

    Mahbub Albahry: Argentina need to show what they are good - attacking - before the Swiss take advantage of their poor defence.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    Still Argentina's fans sing in an attempt to pump their players full of adrenaline.

    But they're not responding.

    The South Americans look weary. Surely the first substitution cannot be far away?

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    Rob: Is Messi playing? A wonderful player now and again when he gets the opportunity, but he doesn't influence games like Maradona used to.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    Switzerland are growing in belief minute by minute.

    They win a free-kick just outside the Argentina area and Xherdan Shaqiri's curling attempt is saved unconvincingly by Sergio Romero.

    The Argentine keeper is not having his greatest game.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

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    "Argentina didn't get in behind the Swiss at all in the first half, they need to do that more. Up until now Switzerland have done everything right, but I wonder if failing to take those chances will come back to haunt them."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at48 mins

    We've just witnessed more attacking intent from Argentina in the opening minute of the second half than we saw in the first 45.

    Messi finds Ezequiel Lavezzi with a delightful ball but Gonzalo Higuain is unable to make clean contact with his low cross.

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    rchnyuce (Turkey): The way Argentina are playing, a Switzerland surprise is more likely.

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

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    "Take Messi out of this Argentina team and I think they are average, just like if you take Neymar out of the Brazil team."

  • KICK-OFF

    Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at46 mins

    Remember it took Argentina 90 minutes to break Iran down.

    What wise words has Alejandro Sabella given to his players during the interval?

    We're about to find out. We're back under way.

  • Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen

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    "Lionel Messi will get one chance but the disappointing thing from Argentina is when they have got the ball we have seen absolutely nothing from them.

    "This team has big-name players that have done well in the Champions League and the Premier League.

    "You look at their first-half performance and see how bad Argentina were collectively. If they don't step up then they could be heading home."

  • Highlights

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    Switzerland have wasted two great chances to get their noses in front against strongly fancied Argentina.

    See them again by clicking the 'Highlights' tab above.

  • The story so far

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  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

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    "Valon Behrami has been pushed in to crowd Messi out. That is where Argentina miss a creative midfielder. They need someone to give the ball to Messi high up the park. There is nowhere for him to go."

    You can watch the match by clicking on the Live Coverage at the top of the page.

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    Saqueeb Rajan: The Swiss should be 2-0 up. At this stage underdogs need to take their chances. Lessons from Algeria not learned. Argentina to win.

    Tommy P: Been impressed with Rodriguez, the Swiss left-back, every time I've seen him this tournament. He'll get himself a good move.

    Alexander: Argentina have been the flattest team at this World Cup, I'm ready for bed after that first half.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

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    "There is what we could call a lack of ambition from Argentina, they are keeping the ball but are not playing with a high tempo. They are waiting for Angel di Maria, Lionel Messi or Gonzalo Higuain to come up with something special around the penalty box, rather than creating chances through a real team method."

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    At least Argentina have not conceded.

    All three of their wins at this tournament have been by a single goal margin.

    And there was little evidence in the first 45 minutes to suggest that they will clock up a handsome win against the Swiss.

  • Messi on the prowl

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    Lionel Messi had plenty of touches in that first half but he hasn't been able to cause any real damage to the Switzerland defence. Yet.

  • Former England captain Alan Shearer

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    "When Messi gets the ball, they crowd him out and Switzerland have got their tactics spot on."

  • Dan Walker

    BBC Sport

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    "Argentina are like Donald Trump's hair... flash up front, plenty going on in the middle but rather ropey at the back.

    "Shambolic finish from Drmic. What a chance. Argentina very average so far."

  • HALF-TIME

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    Half-time approaching. Corner for Switzerland. Jeers all around the ground.

    It comes to nothing.

    There's no stoppage time. The referee has had enough. I don't blame him.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    For the fourth successive game at this tournament, Argentina's defence looks suspect.

    A Neymar, a Muller or a Rodriguez would surely have made them pay. Drmic will be haunted by that miss.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

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    "The second great opportunity for Switzerland. It was like Geoff Hurst running through at Wembley. Josip Drmic tried to the chip the goalkeeper but in the end he just dinks it in at chest height, he got nowhere near enough on it."

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  • Former England captain Gary Lineker

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    "Is this Di Maria the same one as the fella at Real Madrid? He's been hopeless at this World Cup."

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    Steven McNamara: Can't believe Carlos Tevez was left out of the Argentina squad. Far better than Higuain for me.

    Nicholas Jones: The Swiss are going to start losing men if they don't stop cutting down the Argentine players.

  • Former Republic of Ireland and Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

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    "Goalkeeper Sergio Romero is very, very fortunate. In the end it is such a poor finish. It should be 1-0 to Switzerland."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at40 mins

    Will Switzerland get a better chance than that?

    Josip Drmic is sent clean through by a defence-splitting pass by Xherdan Shaqiri but he makes a complete hash of his attempted chip over the advancing keeper Sergio Romero, who is slow off his line.

    How costly will that prove?

    Watch the chance again via the highlights tab at the top of the page.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

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    "Switzerland are now growing a little bit more in confidence, their defensive midfield players are getting a little bit of space to work with. Yes, Argentina are great going forward but they don't work particularly hard defensively at times."

  • YELLOW CARD

    Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at37 mins

    The referee's patience finally snaps.

    First booking in what is a niggly affair goes to Switzerland's Granit Xhaka for a clumsy challenge on Lavezzi.

    A huge roar goes up from Argentina's fans.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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    This is tame stuff. Maybe we've been spoiled too much.

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    Omerr Evran (Turkey): Best fans in the World Cup are Argentina's. They support their team even better than Brazil's do.

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    Andy: The best news I've heard all day is that current Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is stepping down after this World Cup campaign. That's great news for England ahead of their European Championship qualifying campaign. Great coach and tactician.

    England are in the same Euro 2016 qualifying group as Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino. If Switzerland lose today, their next competitive match will be at home against England on 8 September in their first Euro 2016 qualifying game.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at33 mins

    Switzerland's defenders had little to do in the opening exchanges but they're working flat out now as Argentina attempt to exert more pressure.

    Ezequiel Garay narrowly fails to connect with a corner by Angel Di Maria. Any sort of touch and that was 1-0.

    The yellow-shirted neutrals are willing Switzerland forward.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

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    "What a fantastic opportunity. I don't think Granit Xhaka hit that with a great deal of conviction, he should have put his foot through it. That could easily have been Switzerland 1-0 up. A bright short corner, but the finish has got to have more power."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at29 mins

    You wait 25 minutes for a chance and then three arrive at once!

    So close for Switzerland as Granit Xhaka forces Sergio Romero into a fine save with a crisply-struck shot before Stephan Lichtsteiner's effort is kept out.

    Argentina break and Higuain fires his side's first serious chance tamely at the keeper.

    Watch the chance again via the highlights tab at the top of the page.

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    Rob, Newbury: I am baffled. Apart from his goals, Messi has been awful in every game.

    Jed, Oxford: Never seen Messi tackled so often as in this tournament. Good goals, but can't dribble, can't pass, can't tackle, can't be bothered. Awful.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

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    "When you are not as good as your opponents sometimes you need to break the game up with little fouls to frustrate your opposition. It's a very good tactic. We always used to do that playing Arsenal. Ottmar Hitzfeld will have told the Switzerland players to slow the game down."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at25 mins

    This is one of the biggest games in Switzerland's history but has been pretty uneventful so far.

    Angel Di Maria wins a free-kick after being fouled by Admir Mehmedi.

    Tense times for Switzerland. Lionel Messi stands over the ball but his ball into the area is headed well over by Gozalo Higuain.

  • Former Republic of Ireland and Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

    MOTD

    Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at

    "We have had 20 minutes and quite honestly nothing has really happened."

    You can watch the match by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of the page.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at22 mins

    Messi loses out to Gokhan Inler in the centre circle who is then brought down by Javier Mascherano.

    It's brusing but it's goalless with little sign of a goal at either end right now.

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    Benjamin Pinn: We are Red. We are White. We have banks but we don't fight! C'mon Switzerland.

    Kevin Reeve: I think Switzerland could take Argentina all the way to pens, by neutralising them.

    2Chainz: What I love about this World Cup is that we're close to the quarter-finals and I still can't tell who can win it.

  • Former Republic of Ireland and Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

    MOTD

    Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at

    "Angel Di Maria has been the most likely to do something in this match so far for Argentina."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at19 mins

    Angel Di Maria is Argentina's liveliest player but groans ring around the stadium as the ball runs out for a goal kick.

    Argentina are beginning to ask questions of the Swiss defence. Still neither keeper has had a shot to save.

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    Posted at

    Chris Gilbert: Switzerland are going to be tough to break down. Argentina may need a moment of brilliance from Lionel Messi again.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

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  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at15 mins

    First flash of danger from Messi!

    The Barcelona forward takes advantage as Valon Behrami switches off but his shot is comfortably gathered by the keeper.

    The legendary Pele is watching from the stand. He looks as though he is still awake. It's been a slow start.

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    Chelsea agree Costa deal

    Posted at

    Some breaking news to bring you about a player no longer at the World Cup. Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Spain striker Diego Costa after meeting the buyout clause in his Atletico Madrid contract.

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at

    "So far the game is as we expected. Argentina are controlling possession, they're passing the ball around but at no great pace. Switzerland are sitting back and are going to play on the counter attack.

    "Argentina don't really seem to have a style of play, they seem to rely on the brilliance of their individuals and play off the cuff. It's just whether they can break down Switzerland's resolute defence.

    "Sergio Aguero is not on the official Fifa injured list as such but down on the Argentina bench he has got trainers on. He will not be playing any part in this game."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at9 mins

    Confident start by the Swiss.

    An extremely encouraging passage of play sees Gokhan Inler and Xherdan Shaqiri tease and torment the Argentine defence before Admir Mehmedi gets in behind but his low cross is poor.

    Mehmedi is the player who said he will not be swapping shirts with Messi. Watch this space. . .

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at

    "Argentina have gone for three up front, with Ezequiel Lavezzi on the right, Gonzalo Higuain on the left and Lionel Messi through the middle. Messi will be playing that number 10 role, but as a centre-forward.

    "In midfield Fernando Gago and Javier Mascherano will play that holding role in front of the defence but Angel Di Maria will be the link man. He and Messi can cause devastating problems."

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at5 mins

    Argentina have started slowly and are sloppy in possession.

    Lionel Messi has yet to show what he can do.

    So far so good for Switzerland.

  • Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at3 mins

    Officially there are 20,000 Argentina fans inside Arena de Sao Paulo. I'm not having that. More like 40,000. There's small pockets of red Swiss shirts while the yellow shirts of Brazil are cheering the European team.

    Cautious start by both sides. First free-kick to Argentina after Ezequiel Lavezzi is brought down by Xherdan Shaqiri.

  • Dan Walker

    BBC Sport

    Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at

    "20,000 Argentina fans in the stadium, another 50,000 in Sao Paulo. Switzerland confident they won't roll over."

  • KICK-OFF

    Argentina 0-0 Switzerland

    Posted at1 min

    It's a glorious sunny afternoon in Sao Paulo. Are we about to witness another beautiful game? Argentina get us up and running.

  • Former England captain Alan Shearer

    MOTD analyst

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Xherdan Shaqiri is predominantly left footed. Playing in the No 10 role, he finds the pockets of space. He is short, stocky, quick, gets into good positions. He should cause Argentina problems and will try to get at their defence."

    You can watch by clicking on the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of the page.

  • Former Scotland defender Alan Hansen

    MOTD analyst

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "If Switzerland play like they did against France, when they were so open, then Lionel Messi could have a field day."

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "This is the first game I have seen at this World Cup where blue and white outnumbers yellow. Every game has been so well attended by the Brazilian public, but at this one there is a clear Argentine majority.

    "There are three tiny pockets of red where the Switzerland fans are."

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  • Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:57

    Himno Nacional Argentino booms around Arena de Sao Paulo. Argentina's fans are in great voice. Three minutes to kick-off.

  • LINE-UPS

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:55

    Argentina: Romero, Federico Fernandez, Zabaleta, Garay, Rojo, Gago, Mascherano, Di Maria, Higuain, Messi, Lavezzi. Subs: Orion, Campagnaro, Biglia, Perez, Maxi Rodriguez, Augusto Fernandez, Demichelis, Palacio, Alvarez, Aguero, Andujar, Basanta.

    Switzerland: Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Schar, Djourou, Rodriguez, Inler, Behrami, Xhaka, Shaqiri, Mehmedi, Drmic. Subs: Sommer, Ziegler, Senderos, von Bergen, Lang, Barnetta, Seferovic, Stocker, Dzemaili, Fernandes, Gavranovic, Burki.

    Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

  • BBC Radio 5 live

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    Daily Mirror football journalist Ed Malyon: "Everyone knows Lionel Messi is not as popular in Argentina as Carlos Tevez or Diego Maradona. There is not that same 'Argentineness' if you will. Messi is no longer known as the Catalan but if he were to get sent off, say, that could come back.

    "At the Copa America in 2011 in Santa Fe, the Argentina number 10 Lionel Messi was announced as 'the best player in the world'. The Argentina number 11 Carlos Tevez was announced as 'the people's player'.

    "There is only one way for Messi to get close to that popularity and we all know what that is."

  • Former England defender Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Lionel Messi is a fabulous player, he is like nobody else. It's almost like he plays in slow motion compared to other players.

    "The best role for him is that free role. Ezequiel Lavezzi and Gonzalo Higuain will work down the channels and we want to see Messi pick the ball up in those little holes and run at people. That is what he does best."

  • Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:53

    Nervous sideways glances from the red-shirted Swiss players as they line up in the tunnel alongside Argentina. Lionel Messi scratches his head. He wants to get going. And here they come. . .

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

    MOTD analyst

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Javier Mascherano is always looking to find the best player in the team, Messi. He knows his role. When there are better technical players, your job is to find them. Argentina have the best discipline in the World Cup, which is the most surprising thing."

  • Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:52

    Eight minutes to kick-off. Argentina fans have taken over Arena de Sao Paulo and they have brought some friends with them.

  • David Ornstein

    BBC Sport in Brazil

    From Bramall Lane to Brazil

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:50

    "Alejandro Sabella might not be a cigar-smoking, earring-wearing national icon who unleashes expletive-laden tirades and attracts more publicity than most of his players combined.

    "But the current Argentina coach carries no less expectation than the last man who led them at the last World Cup in the eyes of a country desperate to see their 28-year wait for a third title brought to a glorious end, especially on enemy territory.

    "It not the first time he has stepped into Diego Maradona's shoes. The previous occasion was in 1978, when then Sheffield United manager Harry Haslam travelled to Argentina on a scouting mission. He wanted to sign Maradona but returned with Sabella."

    Read more of David's piece on Sabella on the BBC Sport website.

  • Swiss misery

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  • Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown

    BBC Sport

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Every time Lionel Messi gets the ball we are talking about how to stop him. The problem is that you know what he is going to do but you can't stop him. He comes in from that right side and onto his left, that is where he is at his best.

    "You have to be right in his face and all around him, as tight as you possibly can. But if you look at him he is travelling on top of the ball, which is very difficult to do. He is probably the best dribbler we have ever seen."

  • Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

    MOTD analyst

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "We have never seen such poor defending in a World Cup. I expect goals because Argentina and Switzerland are not great defensively."

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    Posted at

    Alexander: Much better balance to Argentina team, Lavezzi starter, no three centre-forwards like all the previous games, Sabella has got it right.

  • Razor-sharp Messi

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:46

    It's been a close shave for Argentina after narrow wins against Bosnia, Iran and Nigeria.

    Fortunately Lionel Messi has been in razor-sharp form with four goals in three games. And in celebration of Messi's heroics, one fan has had the likeness of the Argentina No 10 shaved into his head.

    But will Messi be head and shoulders above the Swiss?

  • How Switzerland got here

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:44

    The Swiss conceded six times in their three group games. Even England and Iran, who have long since departed Brazil, did not let in that many.

    Fortunately they are better at scoring than defending. Seven goals in three games is a decent return for a team seeking to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in 60 years.

    Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld admits: "We are the clear outsiders but we have nothing to lose and much to gain."

  • How Argentina got here

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:42

    There's a feeling that Argentina have yet to get going at this World Cup - even though they have won all three games.

    Strongly fancied from the start, they conceded in two of their three Group F games - including two against Nigeria.

    But at least their main man is firing and the two-time world champions will fancy their chances of advancing if Lionel Messi can add to his four goals in three games.

  • Three goals, three flags

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:40

    BBC News reporter Imogen Foulkes in Berne: As a rising star on the Swiss football scene, Xherdan Shaqiri was asked about his origins.

    'I'm a Kosovar Albanian,' was his answer, firmly identifying himself with a group which he knows very well has been demonised by some sections of Swiss society.

    More recently, last December, he was asked how he celebrated Christmas. 'I'm a Muslim," he said with a smile. 'So we don't celebrate it so much, but my little sister loves to have a Christmas tree, so we always get one of those.'

    If Shaqiri does put one past Argentina, he will do it with three tiny flags sewn into his boots: Swiss, Kosovar and Albanian. The goal, though, will be Switzerland's.

    Read more from Imogen about Switzerland's unlikely World Cup heroes on the BBC News website.

  • Former England captain Gary Lineker, MOTD

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:37

    "What a terrific start Lionel Messi has had to this tournament. He came into it under enormous pressure to show that he can be, and has been, one of the world's greatest players ever.

    "I always thought that the was saving a little bit for this World Cup. He understands how significant and important it is to him.

    "He has scored four goals in three games - three of those from outside the box - and he has been voted man of the match in all three games he has played.

    "I have tipped Argentina to win the World Cup but the way they are defending it's going to be difficult for them. They are going to have to tighten up in that area and just let Messi do his stuff."

  • Messi v Shaqiri

    Posted at

    Lionel Messi and Xherdan Shaqiri have scored seven goals between them at this tournament. Who will win the shootout in Sao Paulo?

  • BBC Radio 5 live

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:31

    Former England defender Danny Mills is co-commentating inside Arena de Sao Paulo with Alan Green on BBC Radio 5 live. Build-up is starting now, with full commentary from 17:00 BST. Just click on the 'Live Coverage' tab above to listen.

  • Former England captain Gary Lineker

    MOTD

    Posted at

    "We've got both of Tuesday's games on BBC One, which is splendid. Argentina v Switzerland followed by Belgium v USA."

  • BBC One coverage starting now

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:30

    Former Republic of Ireland and Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson is co-commentating alongside Jonathan Pearce on Match Of The Day on BBC One. Coverage is starting now with Gary Lineker presenting from Brazil, alongside guests Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer and Robbie Savage. Click on the 'Live Coverage' tab above to watch from start to finish.

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    Chas Gillis: All of the six teams through to the quarter-finals so far won their groups. So it has to be Argentina and Belgium to win today.

  • Former Republic of Ireland and Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "Switzerland had a topsy-turvy time of it in their group before making it through to the last 16, but this is where their World Cup will end.

    "I know Argentina striker Sergio Aguero is out but Lionel Messi keeps coming up with the goods when they need him to, and it is frightening to think that he probably has not even got going properly yet.

    "The attacking football and number of goals so far at this World Cup have been great. But what is making it even more special is to see people like Messi playing the kind of football we know he can. Hopefully there is more to come."

  • Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:25

    Say cheese! These Switzerland fans are hungry for a win over Argentina.

    Will Xherdan Shaqiri deliver as he did with a hat-trick on his last outing against Honduras?

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    Darren Jamal: Switzerland will be in the jaws of the most dangerous predators in football. Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and others. I can't wait to see the massacre.

    Kieran James Wyer: Lionel Messi's got the chance to climb back on top for the Golden Boot award. Neymar didn't score any and neither did Thomas Muller, only James Rodriguez stands in his way.

    Adam Zbyszewski: There is no way Argentina can win the tournament. Lionel Messi is no Diego Maradona.

  • Team news

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:20

    One change for Argentina from the starting line-up that faced Nigeria - and it is the one which was expected. Paris St-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzireplaces Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, who has been ruled out with a thigh injury. Lionel Messi captains the team.

    Switzerland are unchanged from the team which began their 3-0 win against Honduras. That means their attacking hopes are pinned on the creativity of Bayern Munich playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri, while ex-Premier League duoJohan Djourou and Valon Behrami also start.

  • Rain or shine?

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:18

    Sao Paulo should be dry and a little cooler for this game, conditions that may well help Switzerland.

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    You have been utterly spoiled with 150 goals from 54 - it's been an absolute belter of a World Cup.

    But what has been your favourite moment? Who has excelled? What's been your favourite game and why?

    Tweet #bbcworldcup, post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page,Google+ page or text (UK only) 81111.

  • Hitzfeld to retire

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:15

    Talking of Hitzfeld, the Swiss coach plans to retire after the World Cup.

    "After 30 years in the strength-sapping world of football, my time has come to stop... it was the most difficult decision of my career," says the 65-year-old German.

    Can the two-time Champions League winner with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich mastermind one last shock before he goes?

  • Game, set and match?

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:13

    So do the Swiss have any chance at all against Messi and Co?

    Seven-time champion Roger Federer has already ensured Switzerland will have a representative in the last eight at Wimbledon with a commanding straight-sets win over Tommy Robredo earlier.

    Basel-born Federer completed his win in time to watch the action in Sao Paulo.

    "It is nice to see the national football team doing very well, especially for Ottmar Hitzfeld, our coach, who has been with us for a long time," says Federer.

    "It might be his last match but I hope not. I hope we can beat Argentina. I'm definitely going to watch the match and I hope we do well."

  • Former Wales striker John Hartson

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    "I should be walking off the 18th bang on time for Argentina v Switzerland. Time for a cold beer and a bit of Messi magic."

  • Planes, trains and the Messi bus

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at16:08

    Sao Paulo is busy at the best of times but when Argentina are in town it is standing room only.

    With a population of 22 million it is the biggest city in South America yet that number has been swelled by 100,000 football-crazy fans from across the border who have used all sorts of transport to arrive.

    While many have taken to planes and trains, the fans pictured above have arrived on a bus decked out in their team's colours and decorated with a painting of Lionel Messi.

    Next stop the quarter-finals?

  • Race to the quarter-finals

    Posted at16:05

    Brazil v Colombia. France v Germany. Netherlands v Costa Rica. But who will complete the quarter-final line-up in Brazil?

    The final piece of the jigsaw will be completed later when Belgium face USA in Salvador, scene of 21 goals in four games this tournament.

    First up it's Argentina against Switzerland in the party city of Sao Paulo, which has been overrun by tens of thousands of worshipping Lionel Messi fans.

  • Getting shirty

    Posted at16:00

    "Swap jerseys with Messi? I'm not here as a tourist. Switzerland is in the second round of a World Cup. With all due respect for his qualities and class, I think too much is talked about just Messi."

    So says Switzerland striker Admir Mehmedi. But can the Swiss really silence Argentina and their brilliant No 10, and deliver a World Cup shock to rival their feat of 2010 when they beat eventual champions Spain?

    It's the final day of the last-16 round of games. And the first day of a new month that will see new world champions crowned. Will July be Argentina's lucky month?

  • LINE-UPS

    Argentina v Switzerland (17:00 BST)

    Posted at

    Argentina: Romero, Garay, Zabaleta, Gago, Di Maria, Higuain, Messi, Mas

Posted on Tuesday 1st July 2014

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