Acerbi joined the Nerazzurri on loan in the off-season, with an option to buy, and was relieved to part ways with Lazio after his relationship with the club and supporters deteriorated. The 34-year-old insisted that his exit was not due to head coach Maurizio Sarri, whom he admires, but rather an incident which was blown out of proportion. After scoring in the 3-1 win over Genoa in December last year, Acerbi put his index finger to his mouth as a 'keep quiet' gesture.
Portugal completed the quarter-final line-up with a 6-1 dismantling of Switzerland on Tuesday.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Switzerland exited the World Cup at the round of 16 stage, just as it usually does in the modern era. A 6-1 rout by Portugal on Tuesday left little space for feeling that progress was made, even if the squad was hit by a bout of sickness in Qatar. Switzerland's quest to win a first World Cup knockout game since 1954 will have to wait. EXPECTATIONS VS. PERFORMANCE There are nations of similar soccer history and a bigger population who would be happy to trade places with Switzer