Argentina v Belgium, 05 July 2014

Score1-0 to Argentina
RefereeNicola Rizzoli
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Quarter-final
VenueEstadio Nacional Mane Garrincha
Attendance68,551
Kick-off 1.00pm local (5.00pm BST) Before the game had settled into any pattern, the ball arrived at the feet of Higuain in space and he instinctively found the corner of the net with a snap shot. Di Maria injured a thigh whilst making a shot and had to be substituted, making Argentina even more of a one-man team. Atr the start of the second half, Argentina enjoyed a few good chances, with Higuain making a particularly good run before hitting the bar. In the last 20 minutes Belgium stepped up the pace, but their attacks lacked precision. Just before the final whistle, Messi was through on goal but Courtois made a brilliant save - to no avail as Argentina deservedly went through.

1  Argentina

Manager: Alejandro Sabella

0  Belgium

Manager: Marc Wilmots

Goals:

Gonzalo Higuain 8 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero
Defender Jose Basanta
Defender Ezequiel Garay
Defender Pablo Zabaleta
Midfielder Lucas Biglia
Midfielder Angel Di Maria
Midfielder Javier Mascherano
Midfielder/Forward Lionel Messi (captain)
Forward Gonzalo Higuain

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois
Defender/Centre back Vincent Kompany (captain)
Defender/Centre back Daniel Van Buyten
Defender/Midfielder Jan Vertonghen
Midfielder Marouane Fellaini
Midfielder Eden Hazard
Midfielder Axel Witsel
Midfielder/Forward Kevin De Bruyne
Midfielder/Forward Kevin Mirallas
Forward Divock Origi

Substitutions:

Enzo Perez for Angel Di Maria 33
Rodrigo Palacio for Ezequiel Lavezzi 71
Fernando Gago for Gonzalo Higuain 81

Substitutions:

Romelu Lukaku for Divock Origi 59
Dries Mertens for Kevin Mirallas 60
Nacer Chadli for Eden Hazard 75

Cards:

Lucas Biglia 75 Y

Cards:

Eden Hazard 53 Y
Toby Alderweireld 68 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Mariano Andujar
Goalkeeper Agustin Orion
Midfielder Ricardo Alvarez
Midfielder Augusto Fernández
Midfielder Fernando Gago
Midfielder Enzo Perez
Midfielder Maxi Rodriguez
Forward Sergio Agüero
Forward Hugo Campagnaro
Forward Rodrigo Palacio

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Sammy Bossut
Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet
Defender Laurent Ciman
Defender Thomas Vermaelen
Midfielder Nacer Chadli
Midfielder Steven Defour
Midfielder Moussa Dembélé
Midfielder Adnan Januzaj
Forward Romelu Lukaku
Forward Dries Mertens