World Cup Round of 16: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After making it through the group stage unscathed despite three one-goal victories, Argentina faces its toughest test thus far in Tuesday’s penultimate Round of 16 matchup.

La Albiceleste are now tasked with taking on fellow seeded side Switzerland with a spot in the tournament’s quarterfinal stage on the line.

Argentina enters the knockout stages largely due to the contributions of Lionel Messi, who finished tied for the lead in group stage goals with four. However, La Albiceleste will need to put together a more complete performance than those displayed in the group stage if they hope to make their third straight appearance in the quarterfinal round.

Their opposition, Switzerland, is making its second knockout stage appearance in the past three tournaments and the sixth in team history. After suffering through a 5-2 drubbing at the hands of eventual group winners France, the Swiss rebounded by way of a Xherdan Shaqiri hat trick in a 3-0 victory over Honduras that secured the team’s advancement.

If you will be watching today’s matches, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action.

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59 Responses to World Cup Round of 16: Your Running Commentary

  1. LIVE LIKE YOU WERE FLYING says:

    Is Higuain gonna show up today?

  2. MLS_Soccer_Talker says:

    I..

  3. Tony Meola says:

    Both these teams look beatable, let’s hope we can get past Belgium this afternoon!

    • Increase0 says:

      They certainly aren’t amazing. The Swiss are having to have a high work rate to keep out the Argentine strikers but they keep doing gentle lobs into the keepers hands.

  4. LIVE LIKE YOU WERE FLYING says:

    never before. why is it that world class strikers such as Cavani or Higuain/Aguero

    seem ineffective when playing aside a fellow world class striker for their NT like Suarez/Messi?

  5. Pace says:

    Things have really shut down for the knockouts.

    • Brett says:

      Knockout games are almost always tight. It’s like people have never watched the World Cup before.

  6. QuakerOtis says:

    Awful quite around here. It’s as if people are holding their breath, waiting for something big to happen…

  7. Shawn says:

    come on swizzzzzzzzzz

  8. Shawn says:

    we need this to go to penalties

  9. Shawn says:

    Whats up with that dudes hair?

  10. The Garrincha says:

    I was thinking Refs, should really dislike floppy teams-players because it makes the game far more difficult to officiate, and in the end it makes the ref look bad when foolish calls are made.

    OK, time to buckle up now.
    Come on lets go Garrinchas, U.S.A.!

  11. Pete says:

    Di Maria has been surprisingly awful today

  12. Frantz Mathieu fan says:

    Going to be, at least, one tired team on the field in Brasilia on Saturday.

  13. Brad in Brazil says:

    Anyone else expecting a goal explosion for the USA v Belgium game? Every other game has been the same, the force is telling me our game will be different.

    • Tony Meola says:

      I agree, expect both teams to score. I think our game will be pretty open.

      • BeardedSoccer says:

        Like I said before the Portugal game… it would be a mistake not to push the game. Belgium missing defenders, I also think they will be the more nervous team.

        • Brad in Brazil says:

          This is why I think we should give Jozy the start. The couple of seconds his hold up play provides the mid-fielders to get forward help us immensely. Against Germany Clint only had 29 touches, lowest number ever.

          Even if we have to take him off after 15 min, one burnt sub is worth the risk, imho.

  14. BeardedSoccer says:

    Well if form holds, our game will not go to extra time.

  15. Brad in Brazil says:

    Google says it will be about 76 degrees in Salvador at kick off. Not quite the help we were expecting.

  16. Dave says:

    If Argentina loses, Ives headline will feature the words “Swizz Beatz”

    Guaranteed

  17. BeardedSoccer says:

    More like their defense was like Swiss Cheese…. game over.

  18. Tony Meola says:

    Jozy not in the starting line up (per ESPN). Not a huge surprise.

  19. KingGoogleyEye says:

    Agggh! I hate Di Maria (as a player). I don’t even remember why, I’m so blinded in my bias.

    • Increase0 says:

      I think when he first started playing, he used to be a massive diver. I think?

      He hasn’t been for a while though. At least, I can’t remember any recently.

      • KingGoogleyEye says:

        That’s what I remember remembering. But my memory of my memory may be wrong.

        I blame Di Maria.

  20. Shawn says:

    how you miss that header

    • Mr_A says:

      Missed opportunities… the Argentines took shot after shot, most of them low-percentage, with lots of attempts at in-the-box passes, which the Swiss cleared well. The Swiss had at least 3 excellent looks at goal, and blew them all. And the Swiss never got their counter on, usually losing the ball before passing midfield. If they converted on the few (but good) chances, we would’ve had a different game.

  21. JayAre says:

    Ok the real game starts now!

  22. Ben says:

    That was a crazy bike attempt by the Swiss Keeper!

  23. Brad in Brazil says:

    Via ESPN Twitter: Howard, Gonz, Bradley, Besler, Beasley, Dempsey, Bedoya, Jones, Zusi, Cameron, Johnson

    Beckerman dropped for Cameron. Weird. Seems like we are playing for PK´s…

    • DB says:

      Yes, because without the creator that is KB, the USMNT cannot score….*eyeroll*

    • Autolycus says:

      I wonder if Cameron will be DM or we’ll be playing a 3 or 5 back.

      • Autolycus says:

        ESPNFC saying 4-3-3 with Cameron in midfield along with MB90 and JJ. Zusi, Deuce and Bedoya up top.

  24. MLS_Soccer_Talker says:

    I dont get why Cameorn is in mid? ..
    Swap him for F.Johnson and we are good.

  25. chuck says:

    Omar starting?

    Oh noes…