Jul 1, 2014, 2:35 PM EDT
The goal also pushed Argentina to a 1-0 win over Switzerland and a berth in the World Cup quarterfinals.
Argentina will move on to play the winner of the Belgium and United States game, which kicks off at 4pm ET.
A fun, back-and-forth first half between Switzerland and Argentina gave way to a tentative, defensive second as the two sides searched for the goal that could lead them into the quarterfinals.
Swiss coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said on Monday that his team would show the way to stop Lionel Messi, and they punished the diminutive superstar with hard tackles and physical play. Messi’s chances were limited, and his team was frustrated.
Hitzfeld was presumably coaching with a heavy heart, as his brother passed away from leukemia hours before the match.
Meanwhile, first half counterattacks probably should’ve lead to goal for the underdogs. Granit Xhaka‘s point-blank shot was saved by the foot of Argentine keeper Sergio Romero, while Josep Drmic’s cheeky chip didn’t get the height to soar above the keeper.
Benaglio made a diving stop on Messi in the 77th minute, able to get his right arm on the ball and thwart the shot.
And it was Messi magic again in the 89th minute, as his slaloming run ended with a pass for Palacio that was received poorly and skidded away from danger.
Extra time it would be. Of course.
The first period of extra time did not provide a wealth of prime chances, as the teams continued to beat each other about with hard fouls.
The second featured an early rip by Di Maria that Benaglio pushed over the goal, as Switzerland’s continued attention to Messi opened up some lanes for the Argentines.
With Argentina controlling possession and attack, it felt they were only team that could tally before kicks… and Messi found Di Maria for the goal.
Dzemaili headed a cross off the post in the 121nd minute before pushing the rebound wide with an off-balance touch. That was it for the Swiss.
Argentina: Romero; Zabaleta, Fede Fernández, Garay, Rojo (Basanta, 105′); Gago (Biglia, 105′), Mascherano, Di María; Lavezzi (Palacio, 73′), Messi, Higuaín
Goals: Di Maria (117′)
Switzerland: Benaglio; Lichtsteiner, Djourou, Schaer, Rodriquez; Shaqiri, Inler, Xhaka (Fernandes, 64′), Behrami, Mehmedi (Dzemaili, 112′); Drmic (Seferovic, 81′)
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