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')

Stephan Lichtsteiner takes blame for Switzerland World Cup exit

Switzerland's defender Stephan Lichtsteiner (C) reacts after Switzerland missed a chance at the end of a Round of 16 football match against Argentina on July 1, 2014
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Stephan Lichtsteiner admits that he was culpable for Switzerland's World Cup exit following the defeat to Argentina.

Stephan Lichtsteiner has taken responsibility for Switzerland's World Cup exit following the dramatic extra-time defeat to Argentina in Sao Paulo this evening.

Lionel Messi drove through the heart of the Swiss midfield to tee up Angel di Maria, who slotted a 118th-minute winner past Diego Benaglio to seal their quarter-final place.

It was Lichtsteiner who initially lost possession in midfield, allowing Messi the opportunity to set up the Real Madrid winger, and the 30-year-old admits that he played a role in Switzerland's downfall.

"Switzerland deserve praise for a great performance and we didn't deserve to go out like that," he told Sky Sport Italia.

"We proved that we are a very good side and it was a wonderful game for us until that moment.

"On the goal I lost the ball after a challenge and they were able to run in on goal. We were punished when the match was practically over. It's such a shame."

Switzerland boss Ottmar Hitzfeld announced his retirement from coaching following the defeat.

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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