|Tense times at the Vatican|
Update at 18 Minutes of Extra Time. Scott Murray in the Guardian--"Argentina are dominating possession, pinging it around the back. But can't get it forward to the four men they've thrown up front. It's a stand-off. "How about sending home BOTH teams if a game ends in a 0-0 draw?" wonders Tom Walton. Anyone know anyone with Sepp Blatter's number? Tell them it's an emergency."
Update at 27 Minutes of ET: "Messi runs around in a baroque manner, going absolutely nowhere. "Pope Franics better start saying his prayers for the penalties," says Justin Kavanagh. "He is reputed to always take the side of the poor, and Argentina have been that today."
Goal Argentina. Murray ... "This game has been dross, but this goal is pure quality! Palacio wins the ball in the middle of the park. Messi suddenly turns on the burners and dribbles down the inside left channel, drifting inside. Then he rolls a pass out wide right to Di Maria, who meets it and steers a wonderful finish into the bottom left corner! What a stunning finish, and a wonderful run by Messi."
Followed by a furious finish by Switzerland. Was it enough?
Murray .... "Nope. His free kick blooters into the wall, and Argentina are through! Well, well, well, what an appalling game that was for 117 minutes. And then in the final throes, more than enough incident for a whole game! Poor Switzerland. But well done Argentina, who will play either Belgium or the USA in the quarter finals!"
And that's soccer!
One down, one still in it. Off to see the USA v. Belgium.