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End of the Road: Switzerland on their World Cup Exit

End of the Road: Switzerland on their World Cup Exit

Finish: Round of 16

(Featured Image: Switzerland players | Source: FIFA)

 

To trounce Argentina in the Round of 16 was a tall order for Switzerland, and although they eventually failed in doing so, they gave their rivals one excellent fight. The brawl was capped by the first full 90 minutes being scoreless, leaving the sides without choice but to extend through extra time. For 118 minutes, the teams were held in a deadlock—proof of their outstanding defenses and exemplary goalkeeping. A Leo Messi-assisted goal for Angel Di Maria soon decided the match, and the Swiss players had to say good bye to their 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign—but certainly not with their tails between their legs.

 

Schweizer Nati did not fail to show some stunners throughout their World Cup campaign and they did essentially better this year than four years ago in South Africa. In the Group stage, they finished second behind France with total score earned of six points from two victories (versus Ecuador and Honduras). Although they failed to reach the quarter-finals—which could have been their fourth time to hold the feat since the 1934 edition—their defensive excellence in the Round of 16 was good enough to illustrate the Swiss faculty and fierceness amid the challenge of facing former World Cup champions and top favorites like Argentina.

 

Switzerland fans might be feeling a little down for their team’s failure to advance in the next stage but are full of pride of how well their players performed in their last fixture. The squad actually dominated the first half of the match except that Argentina’s goalkeeper was on point for the saves.

 

Following the side’s elimination, many reports have confirmed manager Ottmar Hitzfeld’s retirement. Although his final coaching stint ended up rather low-key, he declared that he is proud of his accomplishments and his career in general.

 

As for Argentina, coach Alejandro Sabella acknowledged Switzerland’s over-the-top displays and thought they almost lost their chance in the higher stages following their rivals’ rigor and determination to earn all the spoils.

 

“Luckily we were able to win the game in extra time. The first half Switzerland were on top, then it was us. It was a strange game. Now we have to rest up and prepare for the next game,” expressed Sabella.

 
 
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