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 have won five consecutive World Cup matches, equalling their previous record.
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.
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HIGH: Another frenetic push forward ends with Axel Witsel's volley flying over the bar.
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.
Belgium are throwing everyone up for the final few minutes to find an equaliser but Argnetina's backline is holding on to their slim lead.
The corner is a dangerous one as it bounces around the box but no Belgian attack can get a strong foot to it and Romero scoops it up.
De Bruyne shoots but Ezeqiuel Garay blocks the effort out for a corner.
Pablo Zabaleta swings in a good cross after bolting down the far side, but his service is too high for Rodrigo Palacio to reach with his head.
Sabella makes his third and final switch, bringing on the defensive-minded Fernando Gago in place of the goal-scorer.
Mertens' free-kick is a poor one as the No14 tries to catch Romero cheating and shoot from a tight angle, but he misses wide of the target.
Wilmots makes Belgium's finals change, bringing on the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder.
It's now Lucas Biglia's turn to go in the referee's book after bringing down Vertonghen to slow down another Belgian attack.
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Sabella makes his second change of the game, bringing on Palacio for some fresh legs in Argentina's attack.
The Belgium No2 comes in studs up on Lucas Biglia and earns a yellow.
The game is opening up and the pace is increasing as Belgium continues to commit numbers forward. Argentina are taking advantage of this with quick counter-attacks.
HIGH: Vertonghen sends in yet another impressive cross and Fellaini is the first to get to it but his header goes just over the bar.
Next, Wilmots makes another switch up top.
Marc Wilmots makes a double change as Belgium continues to search for an equaliser. First, Origi is replaced by Lukaku.
OFF THE BAR: Just as Belgium break down the field, Mirallas can't control and Argentina quickly launch their own counter-attack. The ball finds its way up to Higuain, who goes on a dazzling run and beats his defender before shooting. He beats Courtois but his shot hits the crossbar and flies over for a goal-kick.
Lavezzi shows some good skill on the left side, which draws applause from the crows before he whips in a cross but can't find a team-mate on the other end.
Daniel Van Buyten blocks Messi's shot but concedes a corner in the process.
Argentina kick-off the second half.
HALF-TIME: Gonzalo Higuain's strike in the 8th minute is the only difference between the two sides heading into the break. Argentina looked to be the stronger side early on but Belgium had their fair share of chances to equalise. The second 45 minutes will likely be similarly open as Marc Wilmots' side push for the equaliser, while Argentina continue to push for a second goal on the counter-attack.
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WIDE: Jan Vertonghen puts in another great ball into the box and Kevin Mirallas does well to get his head on it but he misses just wide of the near post.
Messi's free-kick misses the top corner and sails high and wide.
Messi controls exceptionally well at the top of the area and for a moment he looks to have beaten four defenders with two quick touches but he is dragged down, setting up a dangerous free-kick.
Alejandro Sabella is forced to make an early change after Di Maria limps off due to injury.
Messi plays Di Maria in behind Kompany but the Belgium captain is able to recover in time to block Di Maria's shot.
De Bryune shoots from the top of the area and it's swerving away from Romero but the Argentina No1 is able to punch the ball clear.
Belgium are back in Argentina's third, connecting several passes toegther and beginning to threaten Romero's goal but Messi takes over and launches an Argentinian counter-attacl.
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Belgium commit numbers forward but Vertonghen dribbles out for a throw-in, ending the threat.
Nothing comes from the corner and Sergio Romero prepares for a goal-kick.
Ezequiel Garay clears the danger but concedes a corner kick after Jan Vertonghen sends in a good cross.
WIDE: Kevin De Bruyne finds some space and shoots from distance but he doesn't hit it well and it sails wide.
GOAL! Gonzalo Higuain hits a stunning strike from the top of the area that finds the side netting at the far post, leaving Thibaut Courtois no chance! The No9 receives a deflected pass from Angel Di Maria and Higuain is able to turn quickly and shoot quickly before the Belgian goalkeeper can react.
STAT ATTACK: Divock Origi (19y 78d) is the youngest player to start a World Cup quarter-final since Pele (17y 239d) on 19 June 1958. Only two players have ever started a World Cup match at the quarter-final stage or later than Origi - Pele, on three occasions, in 1958, and Giueseppe Bergomi, twice, in 1982.
Lionel Messi plays a great ball out to Ezequiel Lavezzi on the far side who looks to cross back into Gonazlo Higuain but it's cut out by Vincent Kompany.
Belgium kick off in their traditional red kit.
Belgium's Brabanconne is next and Les Diables Rouges stand tall and take in the moment as their fans sing along.
The national anthems are up next, and Argentina's Himno Nacional Argentina is up first with their supporters singing along proudly.
Lionel Messi and Vincent Kompany pledge their teams' commitment to the fight against discrimination in football as a part of FIFA's anti-discrimination days.
The teams make their way out to the pitch and the crowd at the Estadio Nacional greet the two sides with a warm welcome.
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1 Sergio ROMERO, 2 Ezequiel GARAY, 4 Pablo ZABALETA, 16 Marcos ROJO, 17 Federico FERNANDEZ, 5 Fernando GAGO, 7 Angel DI MARIA, 14 Javier MASCHERANO, 9 Gonzalo HIGUAIN, 10 Lionel MESSI, 22 Ezequiel LAVEZZI
1 Thibaut COURTOIS, 2 Toby ALDERWEIRELD, 4 Vincent KOMPANY, 5 Jan VERTONGHEN, 15 Daniel VAN BUYTEN, 6 Axel WITSEL, 7 Kevin DE BRUYNE, 8 Marouane FELLAINI, 9 Romelu LUKAKU, 10 Eden HAZARD, 14 Dries MERTENS
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Today's referee is Italy's Nicola Rizzoli
MARC WILMOTS, BELGIUM COACH
“Argentina have their values and traditions, and their players never give up. What they achieved in 1986 was mostly down to Maradona, but with Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Ezequiel Lavezzi around, they’ve now got five players who can all make the difference.”
LIONEL MESSI, ARGENTINA FORWARD
“We have seen throughout the World Cup that all the matches have been on an equal footing and lots of important teams have gone out.”
EDEN HAZARD, BELGIUM MIDFIELDER
“Everyone always talks about the generation of 86. We would dearly love to make our own history by outdoing what they did.”
ALEJANDRO SABELLA, ARGENTINA COACH
“Any team that has a player like Messi will greatly depend on him. But I believe that what he's doing is the work of the entire team. He's the best player in the world, but he's part of a team."
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Argentina and Belgium have won all of their four games so far, each by single-goal margins. La Albiceleste achieved their longest World Cup winning streak of five matches back in the 1986 edition, whereas Les Diables Rouges are on their best-ever run right now.
Take a trip back to Mexico 1986 where Argentina and Belgium met in the semi-finals of that tournament.
DID YOU KNOW?
This is Argentina’s 50th World Cup duel against European opposition, out of a total of 75 played in the competition. The South Americans’ track record against UEFA sides stands at 21 wins, 12 draws and 16 defeats.
HEAD TO HEAD:
This is the fifth encounter between Argentina and Belgium. La Albiceleste have the edge historically, with three victories to one. By contrast the sides have an even head-to-head record on the World Cup stage, with one victory apiece. Belgium beat the reigning world champions 1-0 in the Opening Match of the 1982 edition thanks to a goal from Erwin Vandenbergh, before Argentina bounced back with a 2-0 success in the 1986 semi-final, courtesy of a Maradona brace. That latter match was the pair’s most recent meeting to date.
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#ARG LINE-UP: Romero, Garay, Zabaleta, Biglia, Di Maria, Higuain, Messi (c), Mascherano, Demichelis, Lavezzi, Basanta #ARGBEL #WorldCup— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 05/07/2014 15:05
#BEL LINE-UP: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany (c), Vertonghen, Witsel, De Bruyne, Fellaini, Hazard, Mirallas, Van Buyten, Origi #ARGBEL— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 05/07/2014 15:05
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Hello and welcome to Saturday's first quarter-final match-up as we look to fill the last semi-final spot of Brazil 2014. Argentina and Belgium are ready to do battle in Brasilia to join Germany and Brazil in the last four. These teams have met twice before in other World Cups and this third occasions looks to have the ingredients of another classic match. So, stay here for the latest build-up to today's game and the LIVE minute-by-minute coverage from the Estadio Nacional. Be sure to #joinin the global conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which are all a part of our World Cup social hub.
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