In the penultimate match in the Round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup 2014, Argentina will be facing Switzerland on the upcoming Tuesday. The match will be played at Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo.
Argentina has a very strong team and thus, they were tipped for glory by a number of people coming into this tournament, but, they appeared to be a bit rusty at the start as in the first couple of matches against weaker opponents, they found it hard to dominate, but, in their last match against Nigeria, they lifted their game and looked absolutely lethal up front.
There were still some issues with Argentina’s defence and they conceded a couple of goals against the Super Eagles, but, the rhythm of their attacking line looked brilliant there.
In competitions like World Cup, sometimes, it’s good not to peak early. You need to peak at the right time and Argentina seems to be doing that only.
Lionel Messi’s form has been a huge factor behind Argentina winning all their matches in the tournament so far. The 27-year old who is arguably the best player in the world at the moment has played some sensational football in Brazil. He is known as a big game player too. So, Switzerland will have to be very, very careful of him.
Switzerland’s performance in the group round was a bit up and down. They won by 2-1 against Ecuador, but, suffered a 2-5 defeat against France in the next game to get into a tricky situation. They, however, picked themselves up from that defeat and crushed Honduras by 3-0 to reach the pre quarter finals.
Now, here is a big challenge for them. Defeating France is something that they can do only by playing out of their skins because the Les Blues look way better than them on paper.
The match will begin at 5 pm British Standard Time.