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Posted by John (Sivan John) Tuesday, July 01, 2014 Go To Comments

The Messi-ah Delivered, The Angel Answered
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…..
 

VAMOS ARGENTINA!!!



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fesa
(Singapore)
Posted on 7/3/2014 at 1:36 AM
0
dun worri guys
i believe in divine intervention!
everything 'll b alrite.
the albiceleste dun forget 've NOT arrive in dis world cup yet.
they will !
remember a few guys 're still not ready,higuain,comes to mind.
the rest@basically up to speed ,especially romero,rojo where everybody loves to hate.
I'm rather surprise@dis 2 performance.
another player u guys dun like is gago?
he's very important to the team&messi,he's the one dat GIVES leo the ball !
obviously,he's not fit,dats y sabella take him out late in the game but mascherano 'll appreciate his prescence,for sure.he's basicaly a link between defence&attack,a very important person!
the pivot point of our attack is not there,yet.
when our centre forward finally click,juzz see how we goes!
take it easy guys,everything 'll b alright.
keep the faith.



travis
(Japan)
Posted on 7/3/2014 at 1:22 AM
1
@dammage7 your grandma runs faster than gago, c'mon, really??? how old is she??? 23?? i want to marry her!!


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 5:03 PM
0
gago is not cutting it at this w/c but im also not sold on biglia, if only sabella had tried other options as some of us requested during the friendlies.


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 11:49 AM
0
take it your another gago lover.
so did messi andmaria and they were knakered.
my grandma runs faster than gago


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 10:37 AM
0
can i just point something out biglia looked good vs a exhursted team in extra time ???

not a very good way to judge is it


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 9:11 AM
0
higauin needs to be dropped for palacios. form over name!!!


drumzz
(Botswana)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 9:08 AM
0
higuain was disappointing...i hope he can gain his confidence as soon as next game we cant afford any slip ups....belgium is an attacking team?...well so was Switzerland before they played us...so im praying that Belgium do not play "park bus " system that Swiss brought...these teams knows on counter we are dangerous i would not be surprised is belgium park bus too


ROY
(India)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 7:09 AM
0
Yellow Card Rule for world cup 2014

1. If you have single yellow card , your card will be waived off after quarters
2. If you receive 2 yellow card till quarters, you will miss Semi's
3. If you receive consecutive yellow cards in qtr and semi's you will not miss the final, since after qtr singe yellow card is waived off

This implies if Angel Dimaria and Garay receive one more yellow in qtr's they will not play semi's


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 4:45 AM
1
- zaba - FF - garay - Basanta

---------bilgia--masherano

lavezzi---messi---------di maria

-----------palacios

basanta isnt attacking like rojo, so di maria will have to go back on left

biglia os solid and quick, blegium are fast so we need more pace so drop higgy and gago


maanus
(India)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 4:00 AM
0
Zaba ff garay basanta
Ricky bigilia masch d maria
Mess I lavezzi


Conejito
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 3:52 AM
0
No necesitamos un jugador el la derecha porque Zabaleta hace ese trabajo. Pongamos Messi un poco derecha atras de Higuain y Di Maria en la ezquierda con tres centrocampistas Mascherano, Gago y Biglia. Sacemos Fernandez por favor, Demichelis o Campagnaro van a hacer un mejor trabajo. Tambien Andujar por Romero(no me llena de confienza ese arquero)


Conejito
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 3:47 AM
0
Di Maria had a shocking game but he kept trying so for the Belgium QF, i think Argentins should go for a 4-3-3. Zabaleta, Demichelis(Fernandez is not solid), Garay,Basanta in defence, Biglia, Mascherano and Gago in midfield and Messi and Di Maria just behind Higuain or Lavezzi.Lets provide a midfield shield to let the attackers attack and help the defence out. Por mi es la unica manera de resolver todas las problemas que tenemos.Vamos Argentina, Vamos a ganar!!


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 2:35 AM
4
Winning against a European side in knockout stage since defeating Germany 3-2 in 1986..?
First World Cup win in July since beating the same Swiss back in 1966...?
So we are on the path of WC victory..? I am excited...And i have one more thing to add. The last time when we won in 1986 it was 'holy month of Ramadan' for Muslims. Now World cup and Ramadan comes back together in 2014 after 28 years..!


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 2:06 AM
0
arg2014-> the rule has been changed in this world cup... the yellow cards wont be carried to the semis.


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 1:56 AM
0
For example Garay has one yellow card, if he gets another one in the QF, he will miss the semi final. If Garay gets a second yellow card in the semi final, he will play the final as cards will be waived.


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 1:53 AM
1
Yellow card that is awarded in the QF game will carry on to the semi. Only a card is given in the semi final will be waived for the final game. Muller from Germany missed 2010 semi final because of 2 yellow cards given, second was given in the QF.

Only semi final game cards will be waived so players can play the final game or the game of their lives.


Ari
(United States)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 1:27 AM
0
The yellow cards are waived after the QF, but we already lost Rojo, our best defender. The guy is getting more confident every game, it is a shame he won't play in our most important game so far.

Belgium is coming to this game with no suspensions and no injuries. They had one player suspended for the USA game, Steven Defour, who will be back to play against us.


Khan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 1:09 AM
4
In 80 to 90+ minutes, Argentina wasn't in all attack. Also in extra time Sabella always maintain defensive discipline. Cause we all know if we did conceded a goal that time, we would lost the game. But if we protect us- we must get chance to score. This is how Sabella is different!


Chainsaw
(Iran)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 1:02 AM
0
Ditto Ari. I truly hope the form of several plays don't bite us in the back at last. I'm the most disappointed with Higuain. You would think he improve by each match, but he's nowhere to be found on the pitch. The only useful thing he did the past 4 matches were that header last night. With Kun out and Higuain's form I'm afraid the opponents mostly try to lock down Messi and Di Maria and Argentina looks as dangerous as a toothless lion.


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 12:59 AM
0
the yellow cards will be waved off after the quater finals isnt it guys???


guled
(United States)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 12:59 AM
0
Masch didn't get one I checked it again


rob
(United States)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 12:57 AM
0
fernandez, gago, and higuain are weak links of the team and need to be dropped. we saw how much better our midfield looked when biglia came on for gago. against belgium I'd like to see this lineup: Romero-Zab, Garay, Campagnaro, Basanta-Biglia, Mascherano, Alvarez-Palacio, Messi, Di Maria. Di Maria in midfield looses too many balls and not his natural position, if we put him as his natural position (wing) he can deliver


guled
(United States)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 12:56 AM
0
I am worried about the yellow cards, some of our players already have yellow cards including masch , garay and di Maria , I hope we don't pick up any more


Ari
(United States)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 12:45 AM
2
It is unfortunate many of our players seem to be unfit or lack confidence; I am very disappointed with Higuain, Fernandez and Zabaleta.
World Cup is about building confidence and momentum; Messi's confidence is building with every game; I hope Di Maria gets more confident for the next game.

But it is worrying so many of our players are not near their usual form.


Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 12:37 AM
0
Well said faisal people might look at this match and say we suck but Benaglios goalie saved some good shots like Di Maria's diping shot and Messi's low shot etc. One thing is Romero Rojo Di Maria Messi Zabaleta Garay and Mascherano seems to have found their rhythym Higuain Gago and Fernandez are still a bit shaky I hope others around can inspire them


El papita
(India)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 12:34 AM
0
"There is a sense, then, that coach Alejandro Sabella may be misusing the immense talent at his disposal, that at some point soon in this tournament, a strong team will expose the team's various deficiencies. But there is a sense, too, that since it has Messi, it may not matter."
The above mentioned quote came in a news channel website. I am really confused. Does this mean sabella is a poor coach? Or is he not using the correct players in the starting eleven??!!!!!



Dë§TìñY2018
(Kenya)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 12:34 AM
0
yes,
agree with feisal, we are indeed progressing fairly,

but cant stop getting more and more nervous as we get closer the final stages !!!!!!

since we had defeated european team without penalty shoot out in 28yrs , i believe we will as well get out of the Quarter finals Lucikily(KITSAPIIIII)


Faisal
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/2/2014 at 12:05 AM
0
We are improving match by match.

Team Performance Rating:


1. Against Bosnia : 5/10

2. Against Iran : 5.7/10

3. Against Nigeria : 6/10

4. Against Switzerland : 7.5/10


Muhd sufi
(Nigeria)
Posted on 7/1/2014 at 11:45 PM
0
We will keep winning. Vamos Argentina.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 7/1/2014 at 11:44 PM
0
add messi's brilliant vision as messi had every right to shoot himself as he was also in a great shooting position.

this is one of the big things that messi has and cr does not have and that is the "extra vision" as well as the team always comes 1st.


Sourov
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/1/2014 at 11:43 PM
0
thanks to almighty for the goal and for the saving also. now we can take on Belgium. Rojo is gonna miss the next game , i am sure we are gonna miss his service. Garay got an unnecessary card. lets see game by game. we can take the pick, Belgium should not be a problem. Pipita did the right thing. lets hope he is gonna score in next match and all other matches.


joesoccers
(Canada)
Posted on 7/1/2014 at 11:19 PM
0
agree, higuain deserves credit for recognizing the play and getting out of the way.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 7/1/2014 at 11:11 PM
1
Soo glad El Pipita left that pass alone because it looks like he was thinking about doing something and then let it go

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