• This will be the seventh international meeting between Argentina and Switzerland. Argentina are unbeaten in their previous six (W4 D2).
  • The only previous World Cup meeting between these two sides came back in 1966, when Argentina defeated Switzerland 2-0.
  • After failing to score in seven successive World Cup appearances, Lionel Messi has netted four goals in his three appearances at the 2014 finals.
  • Argentina have won their last three World Cup second round ties; winning on penalties versus England in 1998 and beating Mexico in both 2006 and 2010.
  • Argentina have been knocked out only once in their six previous appearances at this stage (versus Romania in 1994).
  • Argentina have won only 3 of their last 10 World Cup matches against a European team (D4, L3).
  • Switzerland have been knocked out in the second round in their two previous appearances at this stage (versus Spain in 1994 and versus Ukraine in 2006).
  • The Swiss have kept a clean sheet in seven of their last 10 World Cup finals matches.
  • Switzerland have won just one of their previous six World Cup matches against South American nations (W1 D1 L4), but this victory came earlier in this tournament v Ecuador.
  • Xherdan Shaqiri scored a hat-trick in Switzerland’s final group game against Honduras – the 50th hat-trick in World Cup history.
  • Argentina have had an average possession figure of 65% so far at this tournament – the highest in this finals and their highest average at a World Cup finals since 1966.
  • Four of Argentina’s last seven World Cup goals have come from outside the box, including half of their six goals (3) at this tournament.