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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.

14:58
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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.

14:51
90'+MESSI (Argentina) sees his effort hit the target.
14:50

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.

14:46
89'VAN BUYTEN (Belgium) illegally handles the ball.
14:46
89'MERTENS (Belgium) swings in the corner.

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.

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.

De Bruyne shoots but Ezeqiuel Garay blocks the effort out for a corner.

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.
14:41

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.

14:40
83'MESSI (Argentina) is penalised after committing a foul.
14:39
82'DE BRUYNE (Belgium) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on MASCHERANO (Argentina).
14:38
81' GAGO (in) comes off the bench to replace HIGUAIN (out) (Argentina)

Sabella makes his third and final switch, bringing on the defensive-minded Fernando Gago in place of the goal-scorer.

Player Statistics

Argentina
ArgentinaARG
Forward
  • Total Goals scored1
  • Assists0
  • Attempts On Target2
  • Yellow/Red cards0 / 0
  • Fouls committed/suffered1 / 2
  • Passes (complete)28 (20)
  • Passes Completion Rate71.43%
  • Tackles1
Argentina
ArgentinaARG
Midfielder
  • 53International Caps
  • 178Centimeters
  • Date of Birth10 Apr 1986
  • Current clubCA Boca Juniors (ARG)
14:36
79'WITSEL (Belgium) is penalised after committing a foul.
14:34
77'CHADLI (Belgium) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
14:34
77'MASCHERANO (Argentina) blocks the shot.
14:34
77'LUKAKU (Belgium) sees his effort hit the target.
14:33
76'MERTENS (Belgium) strikes his free-kick wide.

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.

14:32
75' CHADLI (in) comes off the bench to replace E.HAZARD (out) (Belgium)

Wilmots makes Belgium's finals change, bringing on the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder.

Player Statistics

Belgium
BelgiumBEL
Midfielder
  • Total Goals scored0
  • Assists0
  • Attempts On Target0
  • Yellow/Red cards1 / 0
  • Fouls committed/suffered1 / 1
  • Passes (complete)33 (23)
  • Passes Completion Rate69.7%
  • Tackles1
Belgium
BelgiumBEL
Midfielder
  • 23International Caps
  • 187Centimeters
  • Date of Birth02 Aug 1989
  • Current clubTottenham Hotspur FC (ENG)
14:32
75' BIGLIA (Argentina) is yellow carded.

It's now Lucas Biglia's turn to go in the referee's book after bringing down Vertonghen to slow down another Belgian attack.

14:32
75'BIGLIA (Argentina) is penalised after committing a foul.
14:32

Man of the Match

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14:31
74'MASCHERANO (Argentina) blocks the shot.
14:31
74'WITSEL (Belgium) sees his effort hit the target.
14:30
73'BASANTA (Argentina) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on FELLAINI (Belgium).
14:29
72'FELLAINI (Belgium) commits a foul.
14:28
71'HIGUAIN (Argentina) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
14:28
71' PALACIO (in) comes off the bench to replace LAVEZZI (out) (Argentina)

Sabella makes his second change of the game, bringing on Palacio for some fresh legs in Argentina's attack.

Player Statistics

Argentina
ArgentinaARG
Forward
  • Total Goals scored0
  • Assists0
  • Attempts On Target1
  • Yellow/Red cards0 / 0
  • Fouls committed/suffered0 / 1
  • Passes (complete)28 (19)
  • Passes Completion Rate67.86%
  • Tackles1
Argentina
ArgentinaARG
Forward
  • 24International Caps
  • 175Centimeters
  • Date of Birth05 Feb 1982
  • Current clubFC Internazionale (ITA)
14:25
68' ALDERWEIRELD (Belgium) is cautioned.

The Belgium No2 comes in studs up on Lucas Biglia and earns a yellow.

14:25
68'ALDERWEIRELD (Belgium) commits a foul.
14:24

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.

14:22
65'BIGLIA (Argentina) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on E.HAZARD (Belgium).
14:21
64'ALDERWEIRELD (Belgium) commits a foul.
14:19
62'FELLAINI (Belgium) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
14:19
62'BIGLIA (Argentina) commits a foul.
14:18
61'MERTENS (Belgium) is penalised after committing a foul.
14:18
61'FELLAINI (Belgium) sees an effort go off target.

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.

14:17
60' MERTENS (in) comes off the bench to replace MIRALLAS (out) (Belgium)

Next, Wilmots makes another switch up top.

Player Statistics

Belgium
BelgiumBEL
Forward
  • Total Goals scored0
  • Assists0
  • Attempts On Target0
  • Yellow/Red cards0 / 0
  • Fouls committed/suffered0 / 0
  • Passes (complete)18 (12)
  • Passes Completion Rate66.67%
  • Tackles0
Belgium
BelgiumBEL
Midfielder
  • 29International Caps
  • 164Centimeters
  • Date of Birth06 May 1987
  • Current clubSSC Napoli (ITA)
14:16
59' LUKAKU (in) comes off the bench to replace ORIGI (out) (Belgium)

Marc Wilmots makes a double change as Belgium continues to search for an equaliser. First, Origi is replaced by Lukaku.

Player Statistics

Belgium
BelgiumBEL
Forward
  • Total Goals scored0
  • Assists0
  • Attempts On Target0
  • Yellow/Red cards0 / 0
  • Fouls committed/suffered0 / 1
  • Passes (complete)6 (5)
  • Passes Completion Rate83.33%
  • Tackles0
Belgium
BelgiumBEL
Forward
  • 32International Caps
  • 190Centimeters
  • Date of Birth13 May 1993
  • Current clubEverton FC (ENG)
14:12
55'HIGUAIN (Argentina) rattles the crossbar.

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.

14:11
54'LAVEZZI (Argentina) takes a corner kick.
14:10
53' E.HAZARD (Belgium) is cautioned.
14:10
53'E.HAZARD (Belgium) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on BIGLIA (Argentina).
14:10

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.

14:09
52'LAVEZZI (Argentina) takes a corner kick.
14:09

Daniel Van Buyten blocks Messi's shot but concedes a corner in the process.

14:08
51'VAN BUYTEN (Belgium) blocks the shot.
14:08
51'HIGUAIN (Argentina) sees his effort hit the target.
14:04
47'KOMPANY (Belgium) commits a foul.
14:02
The second half kicks off.

Argentina kick-off the second half.

13:55

FIRST-HALF PHOTOS
Take a look at the best images from Brasilia during the first-half.

13:52
13:49

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.

13:48

Man of the Match

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13:47
Argentina
ArgentinaARG
Belgium
BelgiumBEL

Statistics

Ball possession

54%
46%
5Fouls Committed4
5Attempts On Target1
6Shots4
1Total Goals scored0
0Penalties scored0
13:47
The referee brings the first half to an end.
13:46
45'+HIGUAIN (Argentina) illegally handles the ball.
13:42
43'MESSI (Argentina) swings in the corner.
13:41
42'MIRALLAS (Belgium) sees an effort go off target.

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.

13:40
40'MESSI (Argentina) strikes his free-kick wide.

Messi's free-kick misses the top corner and sails high and wide.

13:38
39'FELLAINI (Belgium) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on MESSI (Argentina).

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.

13:33
34'FELLAINI (Belgium) commits a foul.
13:33
33' PEREZ (in) comes off the bench to replace DI MARIA (out) (Argentina)

Alejandro Sabella is forced to make an early change after Di Maria limps off due to injury.

Player Statistics

Argentina
ArgentinaARG
Midfielder
  • Total Goals scored0
  • Assists0
  • Attempts On Target3
  • Yellow/Red cards0 / 0
  • Fouls committed/suffered0 / 0
  • Passes (complete)9 (5)
  • Passes Completion Rate55.56%
  • Tackles1
Argentina
ArgentinaARG
Midfielder
  • 8International Caps
  • 177Centimeters
  • Date of Birth22 Feb 1986
  • Current clubSL Benfica (POR)
13:31
32'GARAY (Argentina) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on ORIGI (Belgium).
13:28
28'KOMPANY (Belgium) blocks the shot.

Messi plays Di Maria in behind Kompany but the Belgium captain is able to recover in time to block Di Maria's shot.

13:28
28'DI MARIA (Argentina) sees his effort hit the target.
13:26
26'MESSI (Argentina) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on KOMPANY (Belgium).
13:25
26'ROMERO (Argentina) blocks the 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.

13:25
26'DE BRUYNE (Belgium) sees his effort hit the target.
13:25

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.

13:24

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13:23
23'ORIGI (Belgium) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
13:22
23'FELLAINI (Belgium) is ruled offside.
13:21

Belgium commit numbers forward but Vertonghen dribbles out for a throw-in, ending the threat.

13:19
19'MESSI (Argentina) is penalised after committing a foul.
13:17
18'KOMPANY (Belgium) sees an effort go off target.
13:17
18'DE BRUYNE (Belgium) takes a corner kick.

Nothing comes from the corner and Sergio Romero prepares for a goal-kick.

13:17

Ezequiel Garay clears the danger but concedes a corner kick after Jan Vertonghen sends in a good cross.

13:16

A HAPPY HIGUAIN

13:15
16'FELLAINI (Belgium) is penalised after committing a foul.
13:14
15'DE BRUYNE (Belgium) swings in the corner.
13:13
13'DE BRUYNE (Belgium) sees an effort go off target.

WIDE: Kevin De Bruyne finds some space and shoots from distance but he doesn't hit it well and it sails wide.

13:12
13'VAN BUYTEN (Belgium) blocks the shot.
13:12
13'LAVEZZI (Argentina) sees his effort hit the target.
13:07
8' HIGUAIN (Argentina) scores!!

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.

Player Statistics

Argentina
ArgentinaARG
Forward
  • Total Goals scored1
  • Assists0
  • Attempts On Target1
  • Yellow/Red cards0 / 0
  • Fouls committed/suffered0 / 0
  • Passes (complete)5 (3)
  • Passes Completion Rate60%
  • Tackles1
13:06
6'VERTONGHEN (Belgium) blocks the shot.
13:06
6'DI MARIA (Argentina) sees his effort hit the target.
13:05
6'FELLAINI (Belgium) is penalised after committing a foul.
13:05

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.

Player Statistics

Belgium
BelgiumBEL
Forward
  • Total Goals scored0
  • Assists0
  • Attempts On Target0
  • Yellow/Red cards0 / 0
  • Fouls committed/suffered0 / 0
  • Passes (complete)0 (0)
  • Passes Completion Rate0%
  • Tackles0
13:03
4'VERTONGHEN (Belgium) blocks the shot.
13:03
4'DI MARIA (Argentina) sees his effort hit the target.
13:03

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.

13:01
2'MASCHERANO (Argentina) is penalised after committing a foul.
13:00
The match kicks off.

Belgium kick off in their traditional red kit.

12:59

THE LINE-UPS

12:56

Belgium's Brabanconne is next and Les Diables Rouges stand tall and take in the moment as their fans sing along.

12:56

The national anthems are up next, and Argentina's Himno Nacional Argentina is up first with their supporters singing along proudly.

12:55
12:55

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.

12:52

The teams make their way out to the pitch and the crowd at the Estadio Nacional greet the two sides with a warm welcome.

12:50

Your 11

These are the most-popular line-ups chosen by FIFA.com users.

Argentina
ArgentinaARG

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

Belgium
BelgiumBEL

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

12:48

THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Today's referee is Italy's Nicola Rizzoli

12:46

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.”

12:44

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.”

12:42

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.”

12:40

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."

12:40

Head-to-Head

Argentina
ArgentinaARG
Belgium
BelgiumBEL
.3Wins1.
.0Draws0.
10Total Goals scored4
12:38

STAT ATTACK:
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.

12:35

CLASSIC MATCH
Take a trip back to Mexico 1986 where Argentina and Belgium met in the semi-finals of that tournament.

12:31

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.

12:28

COLOURFUL SUPPORT
These fans are ready to cheer on their team at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia!

12:24

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.

12:20

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12:05

ARGENTINA-BELGIUM LINE-UPS
The starting XIs for today's first quarter-final have been named!

12:04

A LOOK INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOMS
Take an exclusive peek inside Argentina's and Belgium's changing rooms.

12:04

DISCOVER BELGIUM
Take a look at Les Diables Rouges and football in Belgium.

12:04

DISCOVER ARGENTINA
Take a look at La Albiceleste's team profile and football in Argentina.

12:04

GOOD AFTERNOON:
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 TwitterFacebook and Instagram, which are all a part of our World Cup social hub.

11:53

Weather

Estadio Nacional, Brasilia

  • Sunny
  • 26° CTemperature
  • 21 m/sWind
  • 34 %Humidity
11:53
Argentina
ArgentinaARG
  • 1ROMERO (GK)
  • 2GARAY
  • 4ZABALETA
  • 6BIGLIA
  • 7DI MARIA
  • 9HIGUAIN
  • 10MESSI (C)
  • 14MASCHERANO
  • 15DEMICHELIS
  • 22LAVEZZI
  • 23BASANTA
Belgium
BelgiumBEL
  • 1COURTOIS (GK)
  • 2ALDERWEIRELD
  • 4KOMPANY (C)
  • 5VERTONGHEN
  • 6WITSEL
  • 7DE BRUYNE
  • 8FELLAINI
  • 10E.HAZARD
  • 11MIRALLAS
  • 15VAN BUYTEN
  • 17ORIGI

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