World Cup Balls: Lionel Messi Saves Angel From A Red Face
WHEN Angel Di Maria salved a kak-footed but busy performance for Argentina against Switzerland (he gave the ball away 51 times) with the game’s only goal, the Mirror saluted the man who had set him up:
Saviour Messi To The Rescue
Listen to Pablo Giralt’s commentory for DIRECTV Sports and you can hear how influential Messi was in the strike.
The BBC praised the great Messi:
Henry Winter noted in the Telegraph:
Great players never give up. Great players do historic things in key moments. Lionel Messi is the most accomplished, successful and feted footballer of his generation because he cannot be subdued for long.
But in the Sun it was different story, as Stephen Howard noted:
THE SWISS stopped God in Sao Paulo yesterday — but they could do nothing about his Angel.
Er.. About those 8 chances he created… Well, he did set up Di Maria by beating one player at pace and drawing four of them towards him before slipping the ball perfenctly to his teammate. Or as Howard notse:
As for Messi, doubled up on most of the time, it was about the only thing he did all match.
Apart from the seven other chances he created.