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Argentina scrape 1-0 extra time win over Swiss

SAO PAULO: Angel Di Maria scored deep into extra time to give Argentina a 1-0 win over Switzerland and seal the South Americans a place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Tuesday. After a tense 0-0 draw at 90 minutes and a scoreless first period of extra time, Lionel Messi broke quickly and released Di Maria, who swept the ball home before wheeling away in delight. Blerim Dzemaili almost saved the Swiss when his header hit the post but Argentina held on and now face a quarter-final with either Belgium or the United…

Switzerland beat Ecuador 2-1

ESTADIO NACIONAL: A stoppage-time goal by substitute Haris Seferovic gave Switzerland a 2-1 World Cup Group E win over Ecuador on Sunday. The teams had looked as if they were about to produce the first draw of the tournament, until Seferovic's dramatic winner. Enner Valencia headed Ecuador into the lead after 22 minutes as the South Americans showed plenty of attacking invention, but Admir Mehmedi headed an equalizer three minutes after coming on as a halftime substitute. Switzerland, top seeds in a group that also…

Messi takes center stage as Argentina begin World Cup bid

RIO DE JANEIRO: Lionel Messi takes center stage on Sunday when Argentina face tournament debutants Bosnia in their World Cup opener in Rio De Janeiro and France begin their campaign without injured winger Franck Ribery. Four-times world player of the year Messi spearheads an Argentine attack including Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria which is likely to give opposing defenses plenty of problems throughout the tournament. The South Americans are bidding for their third world title as they begin the tournament against an…