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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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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.
14:51
90'+COURTOIS (Belgium) blocks the shot.
14:51
90'+MESSI (Argentina) sees his effort hit the target.
14:46
89'VAN BUYTEN (Belgium) illegally handles the ball.
14:46
89'MERTENS (Belgium) swings in the corner.
14:44
87'LUKAKU (Belgium) commits a foul.
14:43
86'LUKAKU (Belgium) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
14:42
85'DE BRUYNE (Belgium) swings in the corner.
14:42
85'GARAY (Argentina) blocks the shot.
14:42
85'DE BRUYNE (Belgium) sees his effort hit the target.
14:41
84'PALACIO (Argentina) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on ALDERWEIRELD (Belgium).
14:41
84'FELLAINI (Belgium) is ruled offside.
14:40
83'MESSI (Argentina) is penalised after committing a foul.

Man of the Match

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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'
10
(C)
75'
60'
71'
17
59'
SubstitutesSubstitutes
12
(GK)
(GK)
(GK)
13
(GK)
5
81'
59'
33'
60'
16
16
Not eligible to play
Misses next match if booked
71'
Injured
22
75'
20
23
CoachCoach
Alejandro SABELLA (ARG)Marc WILMOTS (BEL)

Match Facts

Brasilia

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: Ben WILLIAMS (AUS)