Argentina 1-0 Switzerland
As I saw this match earlier, my thoughts about this match were that it was quite poor, considering that there were no goals scored at all in the first half, and no-one would expect to keep seeing a draw for almost every match. However, from a certain point of view, Argentina did pick up the pace. When I saw the pace picking up on Argentina’s side, it was an unpredictable move, but straight away meant that a goal was in sight. This showed a lot of good signs for Argentina, and also for one of their own main key players, Lionel Messi.
Alan Hansen described about Angel Di Maria, who was lucky “to still be on the pitch when he scored as he played so badly.” He even went on to say: “You look at Argentina and on this performance they will struggle to win the World Cup.”
Around 30,000 to 40,000 fans in Argentina were estimated to be inside the Arena de Sao Paulo, and despite Di Maria’s late intervention, this sparked some wild celebrations between the players and the fans.
The 65-year-old German coach, Ottmar Hitzfeld, who was voted twice as the World Coach of the Year, retired after winning 19 major club trophies for Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and the Grasshoppers.
Before the match took place, around 70,000 Argentinian fans arrived in Sao Paulo, with around 20,000 having official tickers to watch inside the stadium.
The four-time World Player of the Year, Lionel Messi from the picture below, shows he was given little space by Switzerland.
Sergio Romero of Argentina was the busiest goalkeeper in the first half of the match.
The Swiss fans were left outnumbered by their own Argentinian counterparts, but were, however, backed by Switzerland-born FIFA president, Sepp Blatter (Right).
The defeat dealt a blowing end for the Switzerland boss, Ottmar Hitzfield’s managerial career. The 65-year-old, who only just discovered shortly before the match commenced that his brother had died, has now taken the opportunity to retire.
After the match ended, you could see just how much Argentina were pleased to win the match, as Lionel Messi had the look of joy knowing that his team did well, but, despite Switzerland being knocked out of the World Cup, they held their heads up high knowing just how far they got since the World Cup started on the 12th June. This has been a really good journey for Switzerland, but today marked the end of their journey.
Before I conclude, I wanted to say that today has been a very good day for all of us, so let’s hope that tomorrow, the matches get better and better as we all journey into the last few matches leading up to Sunday 13th July.
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