World Cup English
It was 120 minutes of high tension in both matches before Argentina and Belgium were able to claim the last World Cup quarter-final places over Switzerland and the United States respectively.
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Argentina's midfielder Angel Di Maria (L) scores past Switzerland's goalkeeper Diego Benaglio (yellow) in the second half of extra time during a Round of 16 football match between Argentina and Switzerland at Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATA
Argentina, Belgium claim last eight World Cup places
SAO PAULO, Brazil, AFP – Lionel Messi rescued Argentina once more to help sink Switzerland as the United States' fairytale World Cup run came to an end against Belgium here Tuesday.
Messi set up the winner for Angel Di Maria two minutes from the end of extra-time to give the South Americans a 1-0 win against the Swiss.
The Argentines will now face Belgium in the quarter-finals in Brasilia on Saturday after they defeated the United States 2-1 after another extra-time duel.
A phenomenal goalkeeping performance from Tim Howard kept the Belgians at bay to leave the game scoreless after 90 minutes. (Video highlights: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/videos/highlights/match=300186497/index.html)
But the introduction of England-based forward Romelu Lukaku tipped the game in Belgium's favour.
Belgium's midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (2nd R) shoots past US goalkeeper Tim Howard (R) to score the 1-0 during a Round of 16 football match between Belgium and USA at Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PEDRO UGARTE
The powerful Chelsea striker' s run set up the first for Kevin De Bruyne on 93 minutes, before he then latched on to a long ball and thumped an unstoppable shot past Howard for the second.
That appeared to have settled the game but Jurgen Klinsmann's Americans came roaring back.
A superb volleyed goal from 19-year-old substitute Julian Green on 107 minutes set up a frantic finale.
US midfielder Julian Green controls to score past Belgium's defender Toby Alderweireld during the second half of extra-time. AFP PHOTO/ FRANCISCO LEONG
Only a fantastic save by Thibaut Courtois denied Clint Dempsey what would have been a wonderfully worked equaliser from a quick free-kick as Belgium hung on.
The victory takes Belgium into their first World Cup quarter-final for 28 years, when they reached the last four in Mexico only to be knocked out by Diego Maradona's Argentina.
US sports fans have taken to soccer in a big way as their team has been very competitive in this World Cup. Yesterday was a day of tension, excitement and ultimately disappointment for these fans at a viewing party at Veteran's Park in Redondo Beach, California as Belgium won in extra time, 2 - 1. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck
Earlier, Argentina captain Messi bagged his fourth man-of-the-match award in as many games after saving his team once more at Sao Paulo's Corinthians Arena. (Video highlights: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/videos/highlights/match=300186503/index.html)
Di Maria's strike in the 118th minute after a surging counter-attack launched by Messi settled a gritty duel just when penalties seemed a certainty.
The result was cruel on Switzerland, who looked to have done enough to take the game to a shoot-out with a disciplined defensive display that Argentina rarely looked like threatening.
But with two minutes left, Swiss fullback Stephan Lichtsteiner was caught in possession near halfway.
Messi accelerated clear, and after hurdling Fabian Schar's attempt to bring him down, slipped a pass to
Di Maria who swept the winner past Diego Benaglio.
Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi (C) controls the ball next to Switzerland's midfielder and captain Goekhan Inler (L) and Switzerland's midfielder Gelson Fernandes in the second half of extra time. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS
Switzerland almost hit back with a dramatic equaliser but Blerim Dzemaili's downward header cannoned off the foot of the upright. The ball rebounded off him and just past the post.
Messi later admitted his side had been affected by nerves as the tension of the occasion got to his team.
"Suffering, suffering that's what I felt, but now we know we can go through times like this," said Messi.
"Just like everyone else, I imagine, at times I was nervous because we couldn't score a goal and any mistake would have put us out of the World Cup," Messi said.
The victories for Argentina and Belgium meant that all eight winners of the first round groups reached the quarter finals for the first time.
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accelerate: to happen or make something happen at a faster rate - เร่ง, เร่งความเร็ว, เพิ่มความเร็ว
admit: to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it - ยอมรับ
at bay: under control ควบคุมไว้ได้ - ควบคุมไว้ได้
bag: to get something; to win something (originally: to shoot a deer while hunting and put it in a "bag") - ได้
based: living or working in a particular placed; located in a particular place - อาศัย
cannon: to hit somebody/something with a lot of force - ชน
certainty: a thing that is certain or sure - สิ่งที่แน่นอน, ความแน่นอน
claim: to win something - มีชัยชนะ
come roaring back: to fight or battle fiercely after having been attacked or falling behind in a competition -
competitive: as good as or better than others - ซึ่งสามารถแข่งขันได้
competitive: having a high level of close competition - แข่งขันสูง
counter-attack: an attack made in response to the attack of an enemy or opponent in war, sport or an argument - การโต้ตอบ
cruel: deliberately causing pain to other people or animals - ป่าเถื่อน โหดร้าย
defeat: to win a victory over someone in a fight, war or competition - ชนะ, ปราบ
defender: a player whose job is to stop the other team scoring in a game such as football - ผู้ป้องกัน
defensive: protecting against an attack rather than attacking - เกี่ยวกับการป้องกัน, เกี่ยวกับการตั้งรับ
deny: to cause to be unsuccessful; to not allow someone do something - ทำให้ไม่สำเร็จ, ไม่ยอม
disappointment: the feeling of being unhappy because something that you hoped for or expected did not happen or because someone or something was not as good as you expected - ความผิดหวัง
disciplined: controlled - มีวินัย
display: a performance that is intended to entertain people - การแสดง
dramatic: exciting and impressive - ตื่นเต้นเร้าใจ
equaliser: (in football) a goal that makes the score of both teams equal -
fairytale: of a traditional children’s story in which magic things happen - เทพนิยาย
fantastic: extremely good - เยี่ยมยอด, วิเศษ
favour: advantage; benefit - ความได้เปรียบ
finale: the last part of (especially a musical or theatrical performance), which is often very exciting or emotional - ฉากสุดท้าย(ในละคร), ตอนจบ, ตอนสุดท้าย
frantic: done in a very urgent way; so worried or upset that you are not able to control your feelings - ซึ่งไม่สามารถความคุมอารมณ์ได้, คลั่ง,มีอารมณ์รุนแรง
gritty: showing the courage and determination to continue doing something difficult or unpleasant - กล้าหาญ, อาจหาญ, ใจกล้า
hang on: to continue doing something in difficult circumstances; to try to survive - สู้ต่อไป, ทนต่อไป
hurdle: to jump over something such as a wall or fence while you are running - กระโดดข้าม
imagine: to form a picture of something or someone in your mind - นึกคิด, จินตนาการ, นึกฝัน
latch on to: to become connected to something; to take control of a ball that is passed to you -
launch: to start something - เริ่มต้น, เปิดโครงการ, เริ่มทำ
midfielder: a football player whose position is mainly in the central part of a sports field - ผู้เล่นกองกลาง
nerves: a worried feeling that makes you afraid that you will not be able to do something well - ความเครียด, ความวิตกกังวล
nervous: anxious about something or afraid of something - กระวนกระวาย
occasion: a time at which something happens - ครั้ง, โอกาส
performance: the act of carrying out some type of entertainment or sport - การแสดง
phenomenal: very great or impressive - พิเศษ, ยอดเยี่ยม
possession: control of the ball - การครองบอล
quarter-final: a competition between two of the last eight competitors remaining in a tournament - การแข่งขันก่อนรอบบรองชนะเลิศ
rarely: not happening often - นานๆ ครั้ง, ไม่บ่อย
rebound: to hit a surface and then move quickly in the other direction again - กระเด้ง
rescue: to save a person or animal from a dangerous or unpleasant situation - ช่วยชีวิต
settle: to decide something definitely, in this case the winner of a match -
sink: to (cause something or someone to) go down below the surface or to the bottom of a liquid or soft substance (past: sank) - จม
strike: an act of hitting or kicking something/somebody - การตี, การเตะ
striker: a football player whose job is to stay near the opponent’s goal and to score goals - ศูนย์หน้าตัวเป้า
substitute: a player who replaces another member of his or her team during a match - ตัวสำรอง
suffering: physical or mental pain or problems - ความทุกข์ทรมาน
superb: of the highest quality - ยอดเยีี่ยม
surge: to move quickly and with force in a particular direction -
sweep: to move or spread quickly through an area; to move something or someone with powerful force - เคลื่อนไปอย่างรวดเร็ว, พัดพาเอาไป
tension: the feeling of being so nervous or worried that you can’t relax - ความตึงเครียด
threatening: dangerous; likely to cause harm or violence - อันตราย, เป็นภัย
thump: to hit somebody/something hard, oftening resulting in a loud noise - ทุบหรือตีให้เกิดเสียงดัง
tip: to move so that one end or side is higher than the other; to move something into this position - ทำให้เอียง
ultimately: finally, after a series of things have happened - ท้ายที่สุด, ตอนสุดท้าย, ในที่สุด
upright: placed in a vertical position; - ที่ตั้งขึ้น, ที่ตั้งตรง
victory: winning a competition or a battle - ชัยชนะ
volley: hitting the ball before it touches the ground - ตีวอล์เลย์
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