Angel Di Maria scored an extra-time goal to lift Argentina into the Fifa World Cup quarter-finals, as Switzerland came calling for the South Americans’ heads.
The match had been deadlocked at 0-0 with just two minutes left to penalty shootout before the Real Madrid forward swept in captain Lionel Messi’s pass.
The two-time champions were unconvincing in their performance against an inspired Swiss and, despite dominating possession they were unable to break through the Europeans’ defence.
Switzerland defender Blerim Dzemali headed against the Argentina post before shooting wide in a last ditch attempt to force the game into shootout.
Argentina will now face winners of the match between Belgium and the USA in the last eight on Saturday.