Argentina 1 - 0 Belgium

Match info: FIFA World Cup - Qtr Final at Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha

Date: 05/07/2014 KO: 17:00 Ref: N Rizzoli Att: 68,551

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Gonzalo Higuain 8



FT (ht: 1-0)

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  • It's all over in Brasilia. Argentina are through to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

  • Ball is tossed in from a Belgium throw-in and there could be a hammer-blow for Wilmots' men as Messi races free. He's one-on-one with Courtois and it is the Belgian keeper who comes out on top. Can it inspire Belgium?

  • Van Buyten concedes a free-kick as he backs into Demichelis and Argentina will be keen to get the ball down the other end of the field.

  • Belgium flooding the area and Lukaku is looking to cause problems but, as it has been throughout, the delivery is poor.

  • We're going to have five minutes added time at the end of this one. Time for Belgium to get back into it, but they won't if Van Buyetn keeps rolling on the floor appealing for free-kicks which the referee is not interested in.

  • Fellaini and Van Buyten are the Belgian targets up front but they cannot be picked out.

  • Another Belgium corner appears to be causing problems for Argentina as the ball drops for Chadli, but his panicked effort bounces into the hands of Romero.

  • Route one seems to the Belgium's modus operandi, but Argentina are equal to the aerial threat.

  • After Lukaku is sandwiched between two Argentinian defenders Messi looks to release Palacio, but Courtois is quickly out to collect the ball.

  • De Bruyne's corner is headed away by Gago and the ball is returned towards Lukaku, who is in an offside position.

  • Kompany launches the ball towards Fellaini, who heads down into the path of De Bruyne and his shot is deflected for a Belgium corner.

  • Belgium get into the final third and the ball is chipped towards Fellaini, who is rather harshly ruled offside.

  • Zabaleta races down the right wing before exchanging passes with Biglia and crossing towards Palacio, although his effort is just too high.

  • Messi is still hunting the ball down and piling pressure on the Belgian defence. The European side are struggling to get out of their own half.

  • Final switch for Argentina as Gonzalo Higuain comes off to be replaced by Fernando Gago. Standing ovation for the Napoli striker and after that eighth-minute strike he deserves it.

  • Free-kick for Argentina after Witsel brings Higuain down. There is quick word from the referee before Argentina look to pass their way around the Belgian defence.

  • Belgium attempt to break down the left, but a loose pass from Vertonghen is intercepted by Zabaleta and the South Americans look to attack once more.

  • There is a final change for Belgium as Eden Hazard makes way for Nacer Chadli.

  • Another stride forward from Belgium and De Bruyne is broken down as the linesman's flag is raised for offside.

  • Mertens looks to go for the spectacular from the free-kick and fails. Interesting move given Belgium's set-piece success in the opening stages of the competition.


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