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')

Alejandro Sabella: 'Argentina deserve quarter-final place'

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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Alejandro Sabella says that his Argentina team deserve their quarter-final place after beating Switzerland in extra time.

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has claimed that his side were worthy winners following the dramatic extra-time win over Switzerland in the last 16 of the World Cup today.

With 118 minutes on the clock, both nations looked like they would be forced to endure the drama of a penalty shootout in order to book their quarter-final place, but Angel di Maria slotted home to seal Argentina's progression.

Sabella was in the dugout when La Albiceleste beat England on penalties in the 1998 edition of the tournament, and the coach is thankful to be spared the same anguish this time around.

"The first half was quite close and Switzerland got two good chances to open the scoring. But after the interval, we started to show our credentials and we deserved to win," he told reporters.

"It was in 1998 when I was an assistant coach that we had to go through penalty kicks against England, but fortunately we could avoid that this time by winning after 120 minutes.

"We have to rest now ahead of the quarter-finals. We put in a great effort and got a just reward for it."

Sabella's side will face either Belgium or USA in Saturday's quarter-final.

Argentina's forward Gonzalo Higuain reacts between Switzerland's defender Fabian Schaer and Switzerland's defender Johan Djourou during the second half of a Round of 16 football match between Argentina and Switzerland at Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo dur
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