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Thursday, July 03, 2014

SAO PAULO - Lionel Messi says he was as nervous as anyone during Argentina's "lucky" World Cup last 16 win over Switzerland but urged his team to make the most of their reprieve.

The captain and talisman finally prised open the Swiss defence deep into extra time in Sao Paulo, two minutes from penalties, and picked out Angel Di Maria for the game's only goal.

Messi said the nail-biting win, in front of tens of thousands of Argentine fans, could stand his team in good stead later in the tournament.

"Suffering, suffering that's what I felt but now we know we can go through times like this," he said.

"We were lucky, we had luck on our side and now we have to take advantage of it and move on."

Argentina will play in the quarter-finals Monday as they go for their third World Cup title, on the soil of arch-rivals Brazil.

"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.








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