Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Argentina breaks Swiss Defense to Reach Quarterfinals in Brazil 2014

An angel can break hearts. If you are not sure, ask the Swiss and they will tell you. At this moment, the Swiss football team must be contemplating on that small mistake in the 118 th minute which allowed Lionel Messi to steal the ball and pass it to Angel di Maria, who sent a left footed volley past the goal keeper’s reach to score the only goal of the match.
Angel di Maria

As the two teams met at Sao Paulo, their intents were clear. The Swiss, lacking the attacking power, depended on defense, which nearly took them to a penalty shootout. Argentina on the other hand, relentlessly pushed on attacking. There were lapses on both sides, with some weak defending by Argentina in the early stages of the match. When the game went to extra time, Argentina was repeatedly frustrated by Swiss defense. Nevertheless the South Americans survived to fight another day.

The risk with too much defensive play is that even one small mistake might allow the opponent to exploit the opportunity. This especially happens if the defensive team is looking forward to slow down the game, as the Swiss were trying to do so. Argentina was quick to grab the opportunity when it was offered.

Thus the Swiss side bows out of Brazil2014, a world cup of mixed fortunes for them. They squeezed through the match against Ecuador with a last minute goal, got hammered by the French and eased over Honduras. They nearly forced Argentina to a penalty shootout, which, if it came to that, they might have won. But it was not to be. As Swiss players leave Brazil will broken hearts, Messi and Co will travel to the Brazilian capital, to face the next challenge in their epic journey in Brazil2014.

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