Argentina, Belgium through to last 8

A late goal in the extra time from Angel Di Maria saw Argentina beat Switzerland 1-0 on Tuesday.

FILE: Argentina pose for a team photo ahead of their match against Nigeria. Picture: Facebook.

RIO DE JANEIRO - Argentina needed extra time to beat Switzerland in their Round of 16 clash.

Angel Di Maria struck with two minutes of the extra period remaining to give Argentina a 1-0 win over stubborn Switzerland, who still had time to hit the post amid unbearable tension in Sao Paulo.

The South Americans' dependence on Lionel Messi was shown once again in this match.

The skipper, so often a catalyst in the team, failed to score as Argentina were force into extra time after their match ended goalless after 90 minutes.

Switzerland had multiple chances to win the match, but poor execution let them down.

A lapse in concentration saw them concede a late goal and they bowed out of the tournament.


Belgium took a 2-0 extra time lead through Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku but, after Julian Green pulled one back, they had to survive end-to-end finale as the US threatened to equalise.

Tim Howard was the star of the show, preventing what should have been one-sided score line.

The USA came close to scoring in the dying minutes of the game after substitute Chris Wondolowski skewed his effort horribly wide from five metres.

The 2-1 win sealed Belgium's first World Cup quarterfinal appearance since 1986.

Argentina and Belgium will meet in Brasilia on Saturday after completing a quarterfinal line-up which will feature all eight group-stage winners with four teams each from Europe and Latin America.