Rush back home just in time as my heart was pounding with nervous and excitement after witnessing plenty of drama from all the previous Round of 16 fixtures.
Now all I want is to see our team making a statement in this game so we can finally watch the Argentina that we have been used to enjoy watching.
However as expected, just as how they have been protecting the Pope for centuries; the Swiss guard are prepared to build their wall right from the start.
They were determined to hustle and disrupt every Argentina moves especially whenever Lionel MESSI had the ball. Plus they were also looking dangerous at times, with chances from Gökhan INLER, Stephan LICHTSTEINER and Josip DRMIC but luckily we had save hands Sergio ROMERO who had a great game in my opinion.
Argentina kept going on and on and on as you would have expected them to do so with chances after chances but goalkeeper Diego BENAGLIO was on fire to save every single one of them; from Angel DI MARIA to Lionel MESSI to Rodrigo PALACIO to Pablo ZABALETA.
At this point, guess we can all come to terms that we will our own extra time and would again need that one touch of magic to make the difference. The Swiss look very certain to take their luck to the penalty shoot-out and that was when something just had to happen.
With just two minutes remaining, PALACIO won the ball from LICHTSTEINER, he pass it to MESSI who in then took over to the Swiss area. Rounding off Fabian SCHAER and noticed a barrack of other Swiss guards coming towards him; he quickly slide the ball to DI MARIA who was coming on the right side, who in turn shot with his left foot to the left side of the goal to break the deadlock.
Finally the Swiss Guard weren’t able to stop their Pope’s compatriot as the Messiah delivered the message of good hope to the Angel who took Argentina to the Promised Land.
Still keeping with the “Spiritual” context, Blerim DZEMAILI had a glorious chance to level the score when his header hit the post and miss the rebound by just a few yards. My guess is that it was another divine intervention that helped us again.
In the end, Argentina marches on as we manage to overcome two hoodoos that has kept haunting us for a long time; winning against a European side in knockout stage since defeating Germany 3-2 in 1986 and our first World Cup win in July since beating…..yes, the Swiss back in 1966!
Next up, is Belgium but in the meantime…..