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    Argentina - Belgium 1:0 (1:0)

    Date Venue / Stadium Time Attendance
    05 July 2014 Brasilia /Estadio Nacional 13:00 68551
    Match Officials

    FIFA General Coordinator
    SMORENBURG Henny (NED)
    Did not play in Match
    SIEBER Walter (CAN)
    Fifth Official
    CREAM Matthew (AUS)
    Referee
    RIZZOLI Nicola (ITA)
    Assistant Referee 1
    FAVERANI Renato (ITA)
    Assistant Referee 2
    STEFANI Andrea (ITA)
    Fourth Official
    WILLIAMS Benjamin (AUS)
    Match Commissioner
    SIEBER Walter (CAN)

    Total Goals scored

    Gonzalo HIGUAIN (ARG) 8'


    Argentina

    Belgium
    1
    ROMERO (GK)
    1
    COURTOIS (GK)
    2
    GARAY
    2
    ALDERWEIRELD
    4
    ZABALETA
    4
    KOMPANY (C)
    6
    BIGLIA
    5
    VERTONGHEN
    7
    DI MARIA (-33')
    6
    WITSEL
    9
    HIGUAIN (-81')
    7
    DE BRUYNE
    10
    MESSI (C)
    8
    FELLAINI
    14
    MASCHERANO
    10
    E.HAZARD (-75')
    15
    DEMICHELIS
    11
    MIRALLAS (-60')
    22
    LAVEZZI (-71')
    15
    VAN BUYTEN
    23
    BASANTA
    17
    ORIGI (-59')
    Substitutes Substitutes
    12
    ORION (GK)
    12
    MIGNOLET (GK)
    21
    ANDUJAR (GK)
    13
    BOSSUT (GK)
    3
    CAMPAGNARO
    3
    VERMAELEN
    5
    GAGO (+81')
    9
    LUKAKU (+59')
    8
    PEREZ (+33')
    14
    MERTENS (+60')
    11
    M. RODRIGUEZ
    16
    DEFOUR
    13
    A. FERNANDEZ
    18
    LOMBAERTS
    17
    F. FERNANDEZ
    19
    DEMBELE
    18
    PALACIO (+71')
    20
    JANUZAJ
    19
    ALVAREZ
    22
    CHADLI (+75')
    20
    AGUERO
    23
    CIMAN
    16
    ROJO
    21
    VANDEN BORRE
    Coach Coach
    SABELLA Alejandro (ARG) WILMOTS Marc (BEL)

    Cautions

    Eden HAZARD (BEL) 53' , Toby ALDERWEIRELD (BEL) 68' , Lucas BIGLIA (ARG) 75'

    a.e.t.: After extra time (C): Captain PSO: Penalty Shoot-out
    GK: Goalkeeper N: Not eligible to play I: Injured
    Y: Misses next match if booked Pos: Positions A: Absent

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    Higuain's early strike enough for Argentina

    An eighth-minute half-volley from Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain proved to be enough to take Argentina through to the semi-finals of Brazil 2014 at the expense of Belgium side who failed to fire in Brasilia. The Napoli striker capitalised on an error from Belgium skipper Vincent Kompany to put La Albiceleste ahead with their first shot on target. The Belgium captain lost possession and Lionel Messi capitalised, finding Angel Di Maria on the right. The Real Madrid man then gained a slice of luck as his attempted pass to Pablo Zabaleta deflected off Jan Vertonghen and into the path of Gonzalo Higuain, who shot home first time.

    The remainder of the first half was an open affair, played at an extremely high tempo as Argentinaís front three of Higuain, Messi and Di Maria constantly looked to counter against an opposition looking to force an equaliser. However, the South Americans flow was interrupted when Di Maria went off with a thigh injury after firing a shot towards goal. The change made Sabellaís side ever more reliant on Messi and the Barcelona star almost provided Argentinaís second when he blazed a free-kick just over the bar after being fouled by Marouane Fellaini on the edge of the box. Belgiumís best chance of the half came just before the break when Vertonghenís inswinging cross from the left was headed narrowly wide by Kevin Mirallas.

    The South Americans created the first opportunity of the second half when Higuain kept the ball in play and hit a low drive towards goal. The ball ricocheted off the heel of Daniel van Buyten and out for a corner. Higuain should then have made it two when he forced Kompany into another error, allowing him a clear run on goal. The Real Madrid man just had Courtois to beat, but clipped the crossbar with his effort.

    Wilmots made a double substitution on the hour mark with Romelu Lukaku and Mertens replacing Divock Origi and Mirallas. Yet it was two of their original starting 11 who combined to go close. Fellaini outjumped Basanta in the box and headed Vertonghenís superb cross narrowly wide. Argentina were given a scare when Ezequeil Garay almost diverted Kevin De Bryuneís low ball into his own net, but Sergio Romero was alert to the danger. A committed defensive display, plus the efforts of defensive midfielders Lucas Biglia and Javier Mascherano limited Les Diables Rouges to a handful of half-chances as their hopes of emulating the team's showing at Mexico 1986 ebbed away.

    Indeed it was a quick break from Messi which almost produced the game's second goal in added time, but Courtois stood his ground superbly to keep his record of clean sheets intact against the Barcelona man. And so Argentina reached the semi-finals, with another single goal win enough just as it had been in their four previous encounters at Brazil 2014. They will now face the winners of Netherlands-Costa Rica in Sao Paulo on Wednesday.

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    Argentina-Belgium: Quotes

    Alejandro Sabella, Argentina coach
    I feel really pleased for this squad, whoíve lived up to our footballing history, for all the coaching staff, for our families. I think that, in terms of the balance we showed and the football we played, it was our best match so far. Our performance was excellent tactically, strategically and in how a team should behave, with team-mates putting themselves on the line for each other. Whatís more, we were able to bounce back after [Angel] Di Maria had to go off, and he was a very big loss. Weíve achieved our minimum objective, which was to reach the last four, but we want more. Thatís what weíve come for.

    Gonzalo Higuain, Argentina striker and Budweiser Man of the Match
    I feel incredibly happy, and Iíd like to share that happiness with my family and the whole of Argentina. Ever since the first game Iíve been saying that I wasnít worried, that my first goal would come, and fortunately it came at a crucial time. Itís been a long time since Argentina reached the semi-finals and Iím happy itís this group of players that managed it, because they deserve it. Now we want to keep going and reach the Final.

    Marc Wilmots, Belgium coach
    Argentina didnít wow us. They looked quite an ordinary side to me, but they used their experience well. They started as favourites, scored an early goal and then knew how to handle being in front, by stopping us getting any momentum going. Weíve got lessons to learn: at tournaments like this you pay heavily for little mistakes, and sometimes youíve got to be smarter than your opponents. Today we tried everything but it didnít work out. In any case, I donít see this as a disappointing result, thereís no shame in losing to Argentina in the quarter-finals. You have to focus on the positives: this team have played well and have had recognition for that. Itís been a good tournament.

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