Updated: Tuesday, 01 July 2014 23:40 | By Agence France-Presse

Lavezzi starts for Argentina against Swiss

Paris Saint-Germain striker Ezequiel Lavezzi was handed his first start of the World Cup by coach Alejandro Sabella for the round of 16 game against Switzerland on Tuesday.

Lavezzi starts for Argentina against Swiss

Argentina forward Ezequiel Lavezzi (L) chats with defender Marcos Rojo during a training session at The Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo on June 30, 2014 - by Juan Mabromata

Lavezzi, deputising for the injured Sergio Aguero, was the only change in Sabella's starting line-up from the Albiceleste's 3-2 group win over Nigeria.

Ahead of the match, Sabella said he had forgiven Lavezzi, 29, for sloshing water on his suit jacket after coming on as a substitute against Nigeria.

The forward will partner captain Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain up front as the Albiceleste continue their campaign for a third World Cup title.

Switzerland were unchanged from their 3-0 win over Honduras with the main question being where Xherdan Shaqiri will play.

The "Messi of the Alps" scored all three Swiss goals against Honduras after switching from the wing to a central position.

Their celebrated coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, who has promised to retire after the World Cup, was also dealing with news of the death of his brother Winfried, 81, from leukaemia.


Sergio Romero; Pablo Zabaleta, Ezequiel Garay, Federico Fernandez, Marcos Rojo; Fernando Gago, Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria; Lionel Messi (capt), Gonzalo Higuain, Ezequiel Lavezzi

Coach: Alejandro Sabella (ARG)


Diego Benaglio; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Fabian Schaer, Johan Djourou, Ricardo Rodriguez; Xherdan Shaqiri, Valon Behrami, Granit Xhaka, Gokhan Inler (capt), Admir Mehmedi; Josip Drmic

Coach: Ottmar Hitzfeld (GER)

Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

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