Mane Garrincha - Brasilia 05/07/2014 - 18:00CET (13:00 local time)

Quarter-finals

Argentina - Belgium
1-0
 

Argentina - Belgium 1-0 - 05/07/2014 - Match page - FIFA World Cup 2014

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Higuaín strike helps Argentina trump Belgium

Published: Saturday 5 July 2014, 19.00CET
Higuaín strike helps Argentina trump Belgium
Gonzalo Higuaín scores his first goal of the 2014 World Cup ©Getty Images

Argentina are through to the semi-finals of a FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1990, Gonzalo Higuaín settling an open contest against Belgium in Brasilia.

Twenty-eight years after the Albiceleste eliminated Belgium in the semi-finals of Mexico '86, Argentina got the better of the Red Devils again in the knockout stage, Higuaín scoring the only goal eight minutes in. The two-time winners will play either the Netherlands or Costa Rica, who meet later, on Wednesday in Sao Paulo.

Match statistics

Argentina
Belgium

1

Goals scored

0

9

Total attempts

9

2

Attempts on target

2

3

off target

6

1

blocked

1

1

against woodwork

0

3

Corners

4

1

Offsides

6

1

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

10

Fouls committed

13

12

Fouls suffered

9

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    After a frantic finish in which both sides almost scored, it is Argentina who are through to the semi-finals for the first time since 1990. Belgium head home having not scored a first-half goal at this World Cup.
  • Substitution
    81
    Gago (in) - Higuaín (out) (Argentina)
    The goalscorer is replaced by a holding midfielder in a sign of Alejandro Sabella's intentions.
  • Substitution
    75
    Chadli (in) - E. Hazard (out) (Belgium)
    Eden Hazard has not had much of an impact today. He is replacement by Tottenham Hotspur FC's Nacer Chadli.
  • Yellow Card
    75
    Biglia (Argentina) is booked.
  • Substitution
    71
    Palacio (in) - Lavezzi (out) (Argentina)

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