The World Cup saved the best for last. The final day in the Round of 16 features two extremely intriguing match-ups. First up — Lionel Messi and Argentina take on the deceptively strong Swiss. Watch the can’t-miss action on the live stream below!
Yes, the United States Men’s National Team is taking the field against Belgium today, July 1. But before that larger-than-life game, there’s another match you’re not going to want to miss. The man with the golden boot, Lionel Messi, will continue his charge to lead Argentina to the promise land against Team Switzerland, and you can watch the whole thing by tuning into the live stream below.
World Cup Live Stream 2014: Watch Switzerland Vs. Argentina
Messi has always been hailed as a savior for Argentinian futbol; the second coming of Diego Maradona; Jesus if he had better foot-eye coordination. But even so, he’s never reached his World Cup potential — in 2006 he scored just one goal, and in 2010 he was shut out completely — until now.
Messi has been an absolute monster in the 2014 World Cup, carving up teams, actually making defenders tackle each other, and scoring goals that seem to give opposing goalkeepers conniptions. In three games so far, he’s had four goals, and it feels like he could have a trillion.
Can Switzerland Stop Argentina & Lionel Messi?
But group stage glory isn’t something to rest on. Since Messi’s been on Team Argentina, they’ve been feared favorites who have fizzled out unexpectedly early. In both 2006 and 2010, they were sent home in the quarterfinals by staunch German teams. This year Germany’s on the other side of the bracket, and Argentina is looking to finally back up that frontrunner status.
The first step in that process comes today against Switzerland. The Swiss came in as dark horse contenders to win this whole tournament, a declaration that faded fast when they gave up five unanswered goals to the French on June 20. But they were strong in their other two matches, both wins against Ecuador and Honduras. If they’re that team today, then Messi will have to really dig deep to bring his countrymen through to the quarterfinals. Bottom line: we may be in store for yet another close match in the Round of 16.
Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. ET on ESPN. But you don’t have to be near a TV to watch Messi work his magic — just tune into the live stream above! (Note: to watch ESPN’s live stream of the World Cup you must have a cable subscription.)
— Andrew Gruttadaro