Late bloomers: Argentina, Belgium triumph in extra-time

Late bloomers: Argentina, Belgium triumph in extra-time

Argentina and Belgium advanced to the quarters after beating Switzerland and USA respectively in extra-time.

Argentina clashed with Switzerland in their Round of 16 match on Monday at the Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo. In this picture, Switzerland's goalkeeper Diego Benaglio denies Argentina's Lionel Messi a chance to open the scoring.(Source: AP)

The referee shows a yellow card to Switzerland's Granit Xhaka for bringing down an Argentine player during the game. (Source: AP)

Both teams failed to open the scoring during the regulation time, and the game went into extra-time. Argentina's Angel Di Maria broke the shackles with a goal in the 118th minute. (Source: AP)

After a tense 0-0 draw at 90 minutes and a scoreless first period of extra time, Lionel Messi broke quickly and released Di Maria, who swept the ball home before wheeling away in delight. (Source: AP) 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.

Argentina had leaned heavily on Messi throughout the group stage, the number 10 scoring four of their six goals, and the forward was at the heart of their best work in the first half, prompting and prodding in front of the massed Swiss defence. (Source: AP)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri reacts after his team's 0-1 loss against Argentina. Though Argentina dominated possession from the start, it was Switzerland that had the best chances in the slow-paced first half. (Source: AP)

In another Round of 16 match, Belgium and USA clashed at the Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador. In this photo, Belgium's Thibault Courtois denies USA's Clint Dempsey a chance to open the scoring. (Source: AP)

USA's goalkeeper Tim Howard was at his best against Belgium. He blocked several shots and denied Belgium easy scoring chances. Howard ended the tournament with a record 16 saves. (Source: AP)

The match went into extra time as both the teams failed to score any goals in the regulation time of 90 minutes. Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne broke the shackles for Belgium with a goal in the 93rd minute. (Source: AP)

Romelu Lukaku netted a pass from Kevin De Bruyne in the 105th minute to score Belgium's second goal. (Source: AP)

Julian Green volleyed from inside the box to the right side of the goal to give USA's their only scoring moment of the match. Belgium won 2-1. (Source: AP)