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Argentina's Lionel Messi (L) and Angel Di MariaReuters

Argentina will take on Switzerland in the 2014 World Cup round-of-16 match, which will kick off from the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo on Tuesday.

Where to Watch Live

The kick-off is set for 5pm BST. Live coverage is on BBC One. Live Radio commentary will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.


Argentina come into the match as favourites after collecting wins in all their group matches. However, their wins were not convincing and they struggled to break down a bold Iranian team and conceded two goals against the Nigerians. That shows that the Albiceleste are beatable.

Moreover, the Argentineans have depended completely on Lionel Messi to bail them out of trouble, which could be detrimental for them. Alejandro Sabella will be hoping that all his players hit form especially the likes of Angel Di Maria and Ezequiel Lavezzi especially after the loss of Sergio Aguero through injury.

Switzerland's Valon Behrami (R) and team mate Gokhan InlerReuters

Meanwhile, Switzerland come into the game with nothing to lose, so they can play their natural game. The Swiss have not made a quarter-final of a World Cup since they hosted the tournament 60 years ago.

Ottmar Hitsfeld will be glad that they ended their group stages on a high after they thrashed Honduras 3-0. Star forward Xherdan Shaqiri will also be buzzing after he got a hat-trick in the same game to open his World Cup account. However, the coach lost his reserve striker Mario Gavranovic, who succumbed to a ligament injury during training

This will be the seventh international meeting between the two sides, with Argentina remaining unbeaten till now (W4, D2).

What Managers Say

Alejandro Sabella (Argentina): "We started improving from the point of view of structure. We see an improvement as a whole. I don't like speaking about individuals. The strikers played a better game this time. The weakness we discuss at home in private. You can win not playing well and still have things to correct, I'm pleased about the nine points but I must always improve."

Ottmar Hitzfeld (Switzerland): "We are the clear outsiders but we have nothing to lose and much to gain. In one game, anything is possible. We mustn't dwell on Messi or focus just on him, as they can all pose a threat. We can make history, each and every player has their own chance to join the others in writing their own chapter."


Argentina 3 - 2 Switzerland

Betting Odds (Bwin)

Argentina: 1/2

Switzerland: 21/4

Draw: 10/3

Team Form


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W W W
  • Last Result: Argentina 3 – 2 Nigeria


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W L W W W
  • Last Result: Switzerland 3 – 0 Honduras

Team News


  • Injured: Sergio Aguero (leg – muscle)
  • Doubtful:N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Romero; Zabaleta, Garay, Fernandez, Rojo; Gago, Mascherano; Di Maria, Lavezzi, Messi; Higuain


  • Injured: Mario Gavranovic (knee)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Benaglio; Lichtsteiner, Djourou, Schaer, Rodriguez; Inler, Xhaka, Behrami; Mehmedi, Drmic, Shaqiri