Messi relieved to scrape through

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Lionel Messi feared Argentina were about to crash out of the World Cup until Angel Di Maria popped up with an extra-time winner in Sao Paulo.

Argentina advanced to the quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over Switzerland after extra-time.

The scores had been level until the 118th minute thanks to some superb goalkeeping by Switzerland’s Diego Benaglio, but Di Maria converted Messi’s pass at the death to send the South American side through.

“I was nervous towards the end because we couldn’t score and any mistake could have knocked us out,” said the Argentina captain.