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SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Argentinas theme at this World Cup seems to be scrappy wins with Lionel Messi pulling through at the last minute to save the day. Drew Brees Jersey .This time he didnt score on his own, but set the stage for Angel Di Maria to score an extra-time winner against Switzerland."It doesnt matter if its beautiful or ugly," Di Maria said. "Only that Argentina won and will play another game in the tournament."Argentina will play Belgium in the quarterfinals.Except for its final group-stage win over Nigeria, Argentina has won its matches in Brazil in the same manner -- grinding down its opponents rather than dazzling them with brilliant football.In the first half Tuesday, Argentina struggled to find paths through Switzerlands five-man midfield, and it was the Swiss that produced the best chances.Granit Xhaka pushed Sergio Romero to a great save and Josip Drmic spoiled a great opportunity when he tried to chip the ball over the Argentina goalkeeper.When cracks started opening in the defence in the second half, goalkeeper Diego Benaglio kept Switzerland in the game, stopping Gonzalo Higuains header and Messis low shot in the 78th minute.Benaglio also saved a powerful attempt by Di Maria in extra time, and it looked like the Swiss would be able to push the game into a penalty shootout.Then, in the 118th, Rodrigo Palacio won the ball in midfield and fed Messi, who dribbled down the middle in trademark fashion, escaping a challenge from Swiss defender Fabian Schaer before poking the ball to Di Maria. Unmarked, the Real Madrid player beat Benaglio with his 10th goal in Argentinas colours."Whats important is that we moved on to the next stage," said Messi, who has scored four of Argentinas seven goals, including an injury-time winner against Iran. "It was difficult. We knew it was going to be a hard match."Swiss substitute Blerim Dzemaili nearly equalized right before the end but his header hit the post, and the rebound bounced off his knee and wide of the goal.Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, whose brother died at age 81 one the eve of the match, said his team leaves the tournament with "our heads high.""We made life very tough for them," he said. "They managed to keep their cool. It shows Argentina has a good team."Hitzfeld said it was his last match as a football coach. He had earlier said he would quit after the tournament.His Argentine counterpart, Alejandro Sabella, said he thought his team played a "wonderful match," though he conceded theres room for improvement."It was a match that we deserved to win," said Sabella. "The first half was very even. They had two clear chances and after that the match was ours."Argentina will play its next match without left back Marcos Rojo, who is suspended after receiving his second yellow card on Tuesday.------Lineups:Argentina: Sergio Romero; Pablo Zabaleta, Federico Fernandez, Ezequiel Garay, Marcos Rojo (Jose Maria Basanta, 105); Fernando Gago (Lucas Biglia, 106), Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria; Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Ezequiel Lavezzi (Rodrigo Palacio, 74).Switzerland: Diego Benaglio; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Johan Djourou, Fabian Schaer, Ricardo Rodriquez; Xherdan Shaqiri, Gokhan Inler, Granit Xhaka (Gelson Fernandes, 66), Valon Behrami, Admir Mehmedi (Blerim Dzemaili, 113); Josip Drmic (Haris Seferovic, 82).         George Rogers Jersey .TSNs coverage of the Third Round gets underway Sunday with Game 1: Los Angeles at Chicago at 3pm et/Noon pt.TSNs broadcast schedule for the Third Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs is as follows:Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings• Game 1: Los Angeles at Chicago – Sunday, May 18 at 3pm et/Noon pt• Game 2: Los Angeles at Chicago – Wednesday, May 21 at 8pm et/5pm pt• Game 4: Chicago at Los Angeles – Monday, May 26 at 9pm et/6pm ptFeatured in the broadcast booth for TSN are play-by-play announcer Chris Cuthbert and game analyst Ray Ferraro, with Farhan Lalji contributing reports from rinkside. Renaldo Turnbull Jersey . -- Kole Calhoun homered and drove in three runs, Albert Pujols also went deep and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Chicago White Sox 8-4 Friday night.Brock Lesnar’s return to the UFC will come against knockout artist Mark Hunt, it has been confirmed.        The WWE stars return to the cage was confirmed over the weekend and he has now revealed that he will fight veteran puncher Hunt at UFC 200 in July.Lesnar, who turns 39 next month, was a major player in the world of WWE until a unique switch to UFC nine years ago. In a short eight-fight career he won the UFC heavyweight title but hasnt fought since losing to Alistair Overeem in 2011.                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mark Hunt (right) is on a two-fight win streak                         New Zealands Hunt is 42 but remains active and competitive at the top end of the division - he beat Frank Mir earlier this year and Antonio Silva in November. Hokie Gajan Jersey. .Hunt (12-10-1) is currently rated at No 8 in the official rankings and nine of his 12 career wins have come via knockout.                                                                                                                                          Five Bisping talking points                                                    Key issues after Brit became champion                                                             Also See:                             Bispings talking points                         McGregor-Diaz confirmed                        '''
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