World Cup pre-game: Argentina vs. Switzerland

All eyes will be on striker Lionel Messi when heavily favoured Argentina takes on Swizterland in the Round of 16 on Tuesday. Coverage begins at 11:30 a.m. ET on CBC.

Switzerland would make history with win over Argentines

Argentina’s brilliant striker Lionel Messi continues to find new ways to confound opponents. (Juan Mabromata/Getty Images)

Switzerland vs. Argentina

  • 12 p.m. ET, Tuesday, July 1 
  • CBC TV,

What’s at stake

Argentina is the favourite here. But the Swiss have a chance to beat Argentina for the first time.

The winner plays the winner of Belgium-USA on Saturday, July 5 in Brasilia.

Impact players

Argentina. Lionel Messi. He has four goals in three games. And finds new ways to confound his opponents.

Switzerland. XherdanShaqiri. People expected a lot of this key player coming into Brazil. And in Game 3 he delivered with a gorgeous hat trick. His stock is soaring.

What to watch for

Everyone will be watching Messi. But Argentina has plenty of depth in its other positions, including Gonzalo Higuain, who scored against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The Swiss have had great success with subs scoring. Shaqiri is riding a wave of momentum after his trio of goals against Honduras.

Argentina was won four of six games between these two teams, including two draws. Argentina outscored the Swiss 14-3 in these matches.

They said it

“It’s beautiful to see so many Argentine fans, I think we saw a very good Argentine team. We want more.” — Lionel Messi speaking to reporters after beating Nigeria 3-2.

"I don't dream about Messi. I enjoy him when I see him play football. I am a fan of him, like everybody who likes football. However, nothing he does on Tuesday will be able to inspire me, regardless of how successful he is." — Ottmar Hitzfeld, the Swiss manager, speaking to Swiss media outlet Blick about his preparations for this match.

The big number

1 — The Swiss outscored the Argentinians by two goals — seven to six — in the group stage. Will they do so again in this match up?

Obligatory fun fact

Switzerland hasn’t made the quarter-finals of the World Cup since 1954 when it hosted the tournament.

With files from Reuters


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