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Higuain's early strike enough for Argentina

Gonzalo Higuain was Argentina's hero with a well struck and decisive early goal that took La Albiceleste to a 2-1 victory over a disappointing Belgium team.

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"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," Alejandro Sabella, Argentina coach.

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15:05

OBRIGADO
Thank you for following along with our LIVE coverage from the Estadio Nacional where Argentina have beaten Belgium thanks to Gonzalo Higuain's early strike. Please join us back in our daily tournament blog where we'll bring you the latest reaction and video highlights from Brasilia, while also previewing what we can expect from the Netherlands meeting with Costa Rica in Salvador later on today.

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Argentina
ArgentinaARG
Belgium
BelgiumBEL

Statistics

Ball possession

51%
49%
11Fouls Committed14
7Attempts On Target4
10Shots10
1Total Goals scored0
0Penalties scored0
14:56

STAT ATTACK:
Argentina have won five consecutive World Cup matches, equalling their previous record.

14:55

FULL-TIME: Argentina are through to the semi-finals after the South American side hold onto their slender 1-0 lead from Gonzalo Higuain's eighth minute strike. Belgium battled hard but couldn't find a way back into the game and now Alejandro Sabella's side will be watching today's second quarter-final between the Netherlands and Costa Rica to find out who he'll face in the semi-finals.

14:54
HIGUAIN
ArgentinaARG
Forward

has been elected Man of the Match

81MINUTES PLAYED29TOTAL PASSES1GOALS FOR3SHOTS
14:53
The final whistle sounds.
14:52
90'+PALACIO (Argentina) sees an effort go off target.
14:52
90'+WITSEL (Belgium) sees an effort go off target.

HIGH: Another frenetic push forward ends with Axel Witsel's volley flying over the bar.

14:51
90'+COURTOIS (Belgium) blocks the shot.

GOOD SAVE: Messi is in alone and is streaking towards goal but Courtois comes out quickly and uses his big frame to cut down the No10s angle and keeps the Barcelona man off the scoresheet.

Man of the Match

Forward

has been elected Budweiser MAN OF THE MATCH!

Photos

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Line-ups

Argentina
ArgentinaARG
Belgium
BelgiumBEL
(GK)
(GK)
Misses next match if booked
Misses next match if booked
(C)Misses next match if booked
Misses next match if booked
Misses next match if booked 33'
Misses next match if booked
81'
(C)
75'
60'
71'
59'
SubstitutesSubstitutes
(GK)
(GK)
(GK)
(GK)
81'
59'
33'
60'
Misses next match if booked
71'
75'
Not eligible to play
Injured
CoachCoach
Alejandro SABELLA (ARG)Marc WILMOTS (BEL)

Match Facts

Brasilia

The construction of this ultra-modern city, situated in the centre of Brazil, began in 1956.

Estadio Nacional

  • Stadium nameEstadio Nacional
  • CityBrasilia
  • Year constructed2012
  • Overall capacity69349

Weather

  • Sunny
  • 26° CTemperature
  • 21 m/sWind
  • 34 %Humidity

Officials

  • Referee: Nicola RIZZOLI
    Italy
    ItalyITA
  • Assistant Referee 1: Renato FAVERANI (ITA)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Andrea STEFANI (ITA)
  • Fourth official: Benjamin WILLIAMS (AUS)

Games

  • World Cup Fantasy

  • Castrol's Predictor Challenge

  • Your 11

  • Dream Team

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