Argentina march on

July 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Argentina, Argentina News, Belgium, Belguim News, News
Argentina were looking to qualify for their first semi-final appearance at a World Cup since 1990, when they took on Belgium at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia.

An Argentina fan cheers before the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals between Argentina and Belgium at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia July 5, 2014.   REUTERS
An Argentina fan cheers before the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals between Argentina and Belgium at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia July 5, 2014. REUTERS

Argentina managed their fifth straight win by one goal as they won the game 1-0, but they won’t mind the score line as a semi-final awaits them.

Argentina could not have hoped for a better start to the game when much talked about striker, Gonzalo Higuain, opened the scoring in the 8th minute to give the Argentinians an early lead. Higuain was the subject of much debate after poor performances in previous matches, but proved his doubters wrong with the finish of an in form striker.

Belgium looked startled by conceding so early and struggled to get a foothold in the game as Argentina dominated. Kevin De Bruyne was the most industrious Belgian in the first half and had a few long range efforts saved by Argentine keeper Romero.

Argentina were dealt a massive blow when man of the match from their last game, Angel Di Maria, was forced to leave the field with a knee injury in the 33rd minute. But they were able to adjust as they kept the Belgians at bay to see out the half with their lead in tact.

Argentina started the second half stronger and looked comfortable on the ball as they kept most of the possession and created chances. Higuain came close to doubling the lead and his tally in the 55th, but his shot struck the bar.

Belgium then ran in the changes with Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku replacing Kevin Mirallas and Divock Origi in an attempt to get back in to the game.

The changes seemed to work as Belgium showed more impetuous but weren’t clinical enough in their final pass or finishing.

Despite throwing everything at Argentina in the final minutes of the game, Belgium failed to trouble the scorer and Argentina held on to qualify for their first semi-final in 24 years.

It was a good first showing at a World Cup by Belgium’s young golden generation. But as many predicted, it was four years too soon for them.


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