Jul 1, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
Argentina
1-0
SwitzerlandSwitzerland
di Maria (118')
Rojo (90')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Xhaka (36'), Fernandes (73')

Lionel Messi: 'We didn't want penalties'

Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during the Group F football match between Argentina and Iran at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on June 21, 2014
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Argentina skipper Lionel Messi admits that his side were keen to avoid penalties during today's last-16 clash with Switzerland.

Argentina captain Lionel Messi has admitted that his side did not want a penalty shootout in their last-16 clash with Switzerland today.

Alejandro Sabella's side struggled to break down a stubborn Swiss rearguard action in Sao Paulo, but they finally grabbed a winner in the 118th minute as Angel di Maria swept home Messi's pass.

The Barcelona attacker admitted that he was getting "nervous" as the game edged ever closer to penalties, but is delighted that they have now booked their spot in the quarter-finals.

"I was nervous towards the end because we couldn't score and any mistake could have knocked us out," Messi told reporters.

"The minutes were passing by and we didn't want the match to go to penalties. We were suffering, but we had a special play, I passed to Angel and now we can celebrate."

Messi has scored four goals in four matches in the World Cup so far.

Argentina's Angel di Maria celebrates his late winner against Switzerland in their World Cup round of 16 match in Sao Paulo on July 1, 2014
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