Argentina sticks to script with late winner 

click to enlarge Lionel Messi celebrates with Angel di Maria after di Maria scored Argentina’s goal in a 1-0 victory against Switzerland. - MANU FERNANDEZ/AP
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  • Lionel Messi celebrates with Angel di Maria after di Maria scored Argentina‚Äôs goal in a 1-0 victory against Switzerland.

SAO PAULO -- Just as another penalty shootout was looming at the World Cup, Angel Di Maria scored deep into extra time to ensure Argentina advanced to the Cup quarterfinals with a 1-0 victory.

Lionel Messi made a surging run toward the Switzerland area in the 118th minute and laid the ball off to Di Maria on the right.

The winger struck a left-foot shot past diving goalkeeper Diego Benaglio, prompting the Argentine bench to jump out on the field to celebrate the goal.

Swiss substitute Blerim Dzemaili nearly equalized in the dying seconds but his header hit the post, and the rebound bounced off his knee and just wide of the goal.

Argentina will play Belgium in the quarterfinals.

Match-fixer denies predicting World Cup result: A convicted match-fixer denied a report in a German magazine that he predicted the result and details of a World Cup game.

Cameroon's football federation said it was investigating the match-fixer's allegations of corruption involving its World Cup squad and that seven of its players could have been bought.

Der Spiegel magazine claimed that Wilson Raj Perumal -- the best-known match-fixer in football-- accurately predicted hours before the game in an online chat with one of its journalists that Cameroon would lose 4-0 to Croatia and have a player sent off in the first half.

De Jong's likely out rest of World Cup: Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong's World Cup appears to be over after tests confirmed he has a tear in his groin muscle and will be sidelined for 2-to-4 weeks.

The Dutch football association said that an MRI scan revealed the injury, almost certainly ruling one of the Dutch team's top performers out of the tournament.

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