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Argentina’s World Cup Dream Alive

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Argentina’s World Cup dream is alive and well. Argentina and Belgium, who both worked late for their victories in the Knockout Round, have a date to meet in the World Cup quarterfinals.

Better late than never, Argentina scored the second-latest goal in World Cup history to knock out stubborn Switzerland and move on to face Belgium in the quarterfinals. Belgium scored twice in extra time to defeat the U.S., 2-1.

Argentina was a heavy favorite against Switzerland, so the only real surprise was that Lionel Messi didn’t score the winning goal.

Angel Di Maria scored in the 118th minute and Argentina took a 1-0 victory in Sao Paulo in the Round of 16, ending a match that seemed destined to end with penalty kicks. But after a Swiss turnover, Messi outmaneuvered the defense, saw Di Maria on the right side and sent him a pass that Di Maria planted in the left corner of the net.

Messi attracted Swiss defenders all day, on many occasions three at once. And although Messi did not score for the first time in four World Cup matches, he was responsible for the winning goal.

Argentina has now won each of its four World Cup matches by a total by a one-goal margin. Messi has scored four of Argentina’s seven goals.

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