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Argentina 1 - 0 Switzerland: Player Ratings

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Argentina beat Switzerland by a solitary goal in a very close match and have progressed to quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup. A goal from Angel Di Maria in the second half of extra time is what sealed the match for the South Americans. Even though the match was in the heart of Brazil, it looked as if it was being held in Argentina. The match was not filled with chances but it was entertaining nonetheless. The Swiss players would have thought that it was heading to penalties where they would have a better chance only for Di Maria to spoil their plans.

‘The Schweizer Nati’, who were solid in midfield throughout made one clumsy mistake late in the second half of extra time which then led to a quick counter-attack which was orchestrated by Lionel Messi, who then gave an inch perfect pass through to Di Maria, which was hit early by him and the ball rolled into the far bottom corner. Though there was a lot of late drama, ‘La Albicelestes’ still managed to pull off an unconvincing win.


Sergio Romero - 7/10 - Wasn’t really tested in the match other than the couple of saves he made to deny Xherdan Shaqiri

Pablo Zabaleta - 6/10 - Couldn’t do what he usually does with ease i.e. run at defenders, get away from them and put in a good cross. He was tested at the back too by the Switzerland attackers.

Federico Fernández - 6/10 - He couldn’t really sort out what he was to do at the back with the Swiss attack staying deep into the midfield. But when they did attack, he was beaten more than once.

Ezequiel Garay - 6/10 - Unlike Fernandez was comfortable at the back and he also almost scored with a diving header. Though he was the culprit who gave away the free kick in a dangerous position in the last minute of extra time.

Marcos Rojo - 7/10 - The youngster was impressive as the match progressed. He made troubling runs down the flank and his rare cut backs looked dangerous. Sadly for him he picked up another yellow card and has been suspended for the next match.

Fernando Gago - 6/10 - He was way too stingy with the ball. Whenever he got it he would either dribble to an open area or pass it back. There was no service from him whatsoever.

Javier Mascherano - 7/10 - He tried to get the ball back whenever he or his team lost it. He also kept the midfield intact by staying strong and marshalling his team mates.

Angel Di Maria - 8/10 - His best performance of the tournament which in itself is not a good thing because he wasn’t all that good. His crossing and shooting were accurate yet sometimes to the wrong position. He took his goal well but also gave the ball away way too often.

Lionel Messi - 7/10 - He tried his level best throughout the match to shake off his markers and create something or score a goal himself. He came back strong after a quiet first half. Had a good opportunity to score in the second half but it was well saved by the keeper. His assist to Di Maria was perfect.

Gonzalo Higuain - 5/10 - His match performances are seeming to get from bad to worse. He was completely anonymous in the first half and in the second half he repeated the same pattern other than a header which was tipped over by the Swiss keeper

Ezequiel Lavezzi - 6/10 - Better than Higuain and Aguero of the previous matches but he is still not being able to produce a bit of magic or even support Messi and Angel.


Rodrigo Palacio - 6/10 - Equally poor as Lavezzi but at certain points he looked like he would improve and be a better option for Sabella for the next matches.

José María Basanta - N/A - Had little time to make any impact

Lucas Biglia - N/A - Like Basanta introduced late.



Diego Benaglio - 8/10 - Was impressive throughout and he made important saves to keep the Swiss in the game. Might have been able to do a bit better to stop the goal.

Stephan Lichtsteiner - 6/10 - Was clumsy from the outset, wasn’t really solid at the back either. His casual mistake is what might have cost Switzerland a spot in the World Cup quarter finals.

Johan Djourou - 7/10 - Cleared well and didn’t allow Messi to get a shot away too often.

Fabian Schaer - 7/10 - Was sharp and solid at the back. He made a silly slide tackle to stop Messi when he could have just put pressure on him. Sadly that mistake led to the goal.

Ricardo Rodriguez - 8/10 - His menacing runs down the flank were causing many a trouble for the Argentine defense. Defensively also looked promising. The best Swiss player on the field.

Valon Behrami - 7/10 - He held the midfield together and had a great partnership with Inler which is the reason why the Argentine midfielders couldn’t get through to create chances.

Gokhan Inler - 8/10 - Like Behrami he was strong, solid and impressive. He marked Messi till the end with great success.

Xherdan Shaqiri - 7/10 - Was industrious throughout and tried to take on as many defenders as he could but after he did beat a defender or two he wasn’t able to put in a good cross.

Granit Xhaka - 6/10 - Was poor on the flanks. He didn’t help his full back defensively nor did he do anything creative. Should have been red carded for a second bookable foul.

Admir Mehmedi - 5/10 - He was MIA throughout the match and as a winger he created nothing.

Josip Drmic - 6/10 - He missed a sitter when he was one-on-one with the keeper late in the first half. Was subbed off as he was ineffective in the second half.


Gelson Fernandes - 6/10 - Came on for the booked Xhaka and he himself got a yellow card five minutes after coming on. Other than that he was poor on the ball.

Haris Seferović - 7/10 - Came on late in the second half of normal time. He couldn’t really create many opportunities but he did make menacing runs which looked promising.

Blerim Džemaili - 7/10 - Introduced very late on but he had a chance to equalize in the last minute of extra time. His header rattled against the post and he couldn’t put the rebound in either although it was a very tough chance.