Football Index: World Cup Finals: Brazil 2014: Argentina vs Belgium.
Knockout Stage at Brazil 2014.
Saturday, 5th July
Quarter-final Match - Quarter-final 4
Argentina vs Belgium in Brasilia.
Argentina and Belgium have already met twice at the World Cup Finals.
Belgium won in Europe (1:0) at Spain 1982 and Argentina won in Latin America (2:0) at the Mexico 1986 semi-finals.
It's 28 years since Argentina last won the World Cup, in Mexico, with Maradona at the helm. Now Lionel Messi has to do the business in the capital of Brazil.
The surprise package will be out to stop him and hopefully write their own history.
With only eight minutes on the clock, Argentina went in front through a quick move from the halfway line between Lionel Messi, Angel di Maria and - via a deflection - Gonzalo Higuain to finish. Game on.
In the 55th minute, Gonzalo Higuain hit the crossbar after a swift Argentina counter-attack.
Belgium needed to push forward but left themselves vulnerable at the back.
In the end, the Europeans lacked convincing firepower.
Final Score: Argentina 1 - Belgium 0
1-Sergio Romero; 4-Pablo Zabaleta, 15-Martin Demichelis, 2-Ezequiel Garay, 23-Jose Maria Basanta; 6-Lucas Biglia, 14-Javier Mascherano, 22-Ezequiel Lavezzi, 10-Lionel Messi; 7-Angel di Maria, 9-Gonzalo Higuain.
1-Thibaut Courtois; 2-Toby Alderweireld, 15-Daniel Van Buyten, 4-Vincent Kompany, 5-Jan Vertonghen; 8-Marouane Fellaini, 6-Axel Witsel, 11-Kevin Mirallas, 7-Kevin De Bruyne; 10-Eden Hazard, 17-Divock Origi.
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli - Italy
3 yellow cards.
The Road to Rio
2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
Argentina vs Switzerland in Sao Paulo.
Brazil vs Chile in Belo Horizonte.
Colombia vs Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro.
Costa Rica vs Greece in Recife.
France vs Nigeria in Brasilia.
Germany vs Algeria in Porto Alegre.
Holland vs Mexico in Fortaleza.
Argentina vs Belgium in Brasilia.
Brazil vs Colombia in Fortaleza.
France vs Germany in Rio de Janeiro.
Holland vs Costa Rica in Salvador.
Brazil vs Germany in Belo Horizonte.
Holland vs Argentina in Sao Paulo.
Brazil vs Holland in Brasilia.
Germany vs Argentina in Rio de Janeiro.
World Cup Finals
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W. Germany 1974:
Johan Cruyff was the player of the tournament as total football became the buzzword of the day, even though Holland lost to West Germany in the 1974 final.
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When FIFA executives met in Zurich to decide on who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals, Qatar was probably the biggest surprise to many.
The 2026 FIFA World Cup Finals will be jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United Bid won the hosting rights ahead of Morocco.
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