Argentina v Belgium, 05 July 2014

Score1-0 to Argentina
RefereeNicola Rizzoli
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Quarter-final
VenueEstádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia
Attendance68,551
Kick-off 1.00pm local (5.00pm BST) Man of the Match: Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina) Assistant referees: Renato Faverani (Italy) Andrea Stefani (Italy) Fourth official: Ben Williams (Australia) Fifth official: Matthew Cream (Australia) The two teams had met in three previous matches, including twice in the FIFA World Cup (1982, group stage: Argentina 0–1 Belgium; 1986, semi-finals: Argentina 2–0 Belgium). Argentina defender Marcos Rojo was suspended for the match due to accumulation of yellow cards. The only goal of the match was scored by Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuaín in the eighth minute, a powerful shot with his right foot from just inside the penalty area after a pass from Di María was deflected to him by Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen. Higuaín had a chance to extend the lead in the second half, but his shot hit the crossbar. Argentina won 1–0 to advance to the semi-finals, where they would face the Netherlands.

1  Argentina

Manager: Alejandro Sabella

0  Belgium

Manager: Marc Wilmots

Goals:

Gonzalo Higuaín 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)

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 Higuaín 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