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FIFA World Cup: Argentina must stop messing with Lionel Messi

Jul 03, 2014    

\"How to stop Messi? We will show you tomorrow how we do it,\" Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said before his side\'s last 16 knockout round match against Argentina. For 67 minutes, Lionel Messi didn\'t have a single shot — the longest he has gone in this World Cup without a shy at goal. In 120 minutes, he took two shots — one off target and one saved by Diego Benaglio. This was certainly a testimony to Hitzfeld\'s plan, which utilised two zonal markers at a blocking distance from Messi constantly. But there was something else at play too — Messi was playing a withdrawn playmaker\...

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