By CASSIDY GABRIEL
After 118 minutes of creating threatening opportunities, Ángel Di María scored the decisive goal in Argentina’s suspenseful Round of 16 matchup with Switzerland. After firing off a relentless wave of shots, crosses and goal-scoring chances at the Swiss defense, the midfielder finally found the back of the net in the dying minutes of extra time to book Argentina a place in the quarterfinals.
The Argentine became the hero for his side after finding a weakness in Switzerland’s stoic defense minutes before the final whistle, slotting a product of Lionel Messi’s excellent dribbling into the net and past the outstretched hand of Swiss goalkeeper Diego Benaglio.
The midfielder bombarded Switzerland with 18 crosses and 12 shots throughout the match. After seeing his best on-frame effort denied in the 108th minute by brilliant goalkeeping, Di María’s persistence was rewarded.
Last-minute heroics and incredible offensive involvement earned Ángel Di María the SBI Man of the Match. He narrowly beat out the technician behind his dramatic goal, Lionel Messi, and the outstanding efforts of Swiss goalkeeper Diego Benaglio.
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