FIFA World CupDownload App

Spanish Papers Wonder If Miracle from Pope Saved Argentina's World Cup Bid

VESPASIANO, BRAZIL - JUNE 20:  A fan of Argentina dressed as the Pope before a training session for Argentina at Cidade do Galo on June 20, 2014 in Vespasiano, Brazil.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJuly 2, 2014

The Argentine Pope Francis has been credited with saving Argentina's World Cup campaign after they edged past Switzerland by the skin of their teeth in the last 16.

After Angel di Maria struck in the 118th minute, Blerim Dzemaili saw a last-minute header of his own thunder back off the post at the death.

AS in Spain dedicate the cover to it, headlining it "Francisco cleared it," before suggesting the ball hitting the post was miraculous:

Brilliant front page of @English_AS today, suggesting Pope Francis played a part in Argentina beating Switzerland

— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 2, 2014

Marca, meanwhile, tweeted a Photoshop of Pope Francis guarding the post for Dzemaili's effort.

Las redes se vuelvan con 'el milagro del Papa Francisco' con #ARG #Brasil2014

MARCA (@marca) July 2, 2014

Argentina progress to play Belgium in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices