rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » Sports » Argentina practise penalties ahead of Swiss game

Argentina practise penalties ahead of Swiss game

July 01, 2014 08:18 IST

Argentina practise penalties ahead of Swiss game

     Next

Next

After five misses in the World Cup's first penalty shootout, Argentina wisely practiced spot-kicks ahead their last-16 clash with Switzerland.

The South Americans are heavily favored to beat the Swiss on Tuesday, but underdogs have been making a mark in Brazil so coach Alejandro Sabella clearly aims to leave nothing to chance.

Attackers Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Angel Di Maria, joined by midfielder Javier Mascherano and defender Martin Demichelis, all practiced penalties against goalkeeper Sergio Romero at their Belo Horizonte training camp.

They are no doubt mindful of Saturday's drama nearby when five players missed penalties during Brazil's 3-2 shootout victory over Chile after a 1-1 draw in normal and extra time.

Complete coverage of the Football World Cup...

- Please click NEXT to read more


Image: Lionel Messi
Photographs: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

     Next

'The dream is the path, victory the destination'

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Argentina have been involved in four World Cup penalty shootouts, winning three, against Yugoslavia and Italy in 1990, and England in 1998. They lost against Germany in 2006.

The South Americans are based at local club Atletico Mineiro's training camp just outside Belo Horizonte.

Blue-and-white motivational banners have been set up around the spacious and heavily-guarded complex.

"The dream is the path, victory the destination," reads one.

"Twenty-three travel, 40 million push for the final," readers another.

Complete coverage of the Football World Cup...

- Please click NEXT to read more


Image: Argentina goalkeeper Agustin Orion during a training session
Photographs: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Prev     Next

Lavezzi may replace the injured Aguero

Prev     More
Prev

More

Argentina's only major problem for the game against Switzerland is the absence of striker Sergio Aguero, who has a muscle injury in his left leg.

"The Manchester City forward continues rehabilitation," the team said in a statement.

Lavezzi looks sure to take his place for the Switzerland game, though the Argentine coaching staff are hoping Aguero might be better for future matches should they progress.

Argentina are dreaming of a third World Cup title, which would be especially sweet if achieved on the soil of their great South American rivals Brazil.

Complete coverage of the Football World Cup...


Image: Argentina's players during a training session
Photographs: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Prev     More