World Cup Result: Argentina 1 – 0 Belgium, Goal by Gonzalo Higuain, Saturday 5 July 2014, Quarterfinals

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51%  Ball Possession ARGENTINA and 49% Ball Possession BELGIUM
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8′ Gonzalo Higuain


Argentina passing to the World Cup Semifinal after defeating Belgium with the goal by our Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain on Saturday 5 July 2014.  Argentina will play the Semifinal on Wednesday 9 July against the winner of the match Netherlands vs Costa Rica.  It’s a great achievement for Argentina waiting 24 year to be back in a Semifinal World Cup since 1990.

Argentina opening the score in the 8th minute with Napoli forward Gonzalo “El Pipita” Higuain defeating Belgium goalkeeper with a right footed shot in the bottom left corner.  It’s a historical goal because that goal puts Argentina in the Semifinal and you bet Napoli fans are celebrating too!

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Argentina players Angel Di Maria and Lionel Messi congratulating Gonzalo Higuain after the goal.

Argentina with the first forced substitution in the 33rd minute replacing midfielder Angel Di Maria with midfielder Enzo Perez.

In the 26th minute, Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne  with a right footed shot challenging Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero saving the bottom left corner.

First half ends 54% ball possession Argentina and 46% ball possession Belgium

There are 8 Italian Serie A players  called up for Argentina and Belgium national teams playing the World Cup Quarterfinals on Saturday 5 July 2014 at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil at 13:00 local time.

Argentina:   7 Italian Serie A players with Argentina National Football team:

  • Catania goalkeeper Mariano Andujar, did not play, listed among the subs
  • Napoli defender Federico Fernandez, did not play, listed among the subs
  • Inter defender Hugo Campagnaro, did not play, listed among the subs
  • Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia, played all 90 minutes and got a yellow card in the 75th minute.
  • Inter Milan midfielder Ricardo Alvarez,
  • Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain, playing 81st minute and replaced by Fernando Gago
  • Inter Milan forward Rodrigo Palacio, playing 19  minutes after replacing forward Ezequiel Lavezzi in the 71st minute.

Note: Catania relegated to Serie B for the 2014 – 2015 Season.

Belgium:  1 Italian Serie A player with Belgium National Football team:

  • Napoli forward Dries Mertens, played 30 minutes after replacing midfielder Kevin Mirallas in the 60th minute.

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Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain and midfielder Angel Di Maria celebrating after Higuain’s goal

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It’s time for Belgium to make a substitution in the 60th minute and it is Napoli forward Dries Mertens to replace midfielder Kevin Mirallas.

In the 71st minute Argentina replacing forward Ezequiel Lavezzi bringing now Inter forward Rodrigo Palacio.

Referee Rizzoli giving a yellow card to Argentina midfielder Lucas Biglia in the 75th minute after a foul on Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen.

Argentina replacing forward Gonzalo Higuain in the 88th minute with midfielder Fernando Gago.

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Argentina and Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain in action

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Argentina official starting lineup against Belgium

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Argentina fans displaying a supporting message for Brazilian forward Neymar to recover after injury during the game against Colombia breaking a vertebra.

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Argentina fans supporting the team before the match

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2014 FIFA World Cup

Argentina 1 – 0 Belgium
Saturday 5 July 2014
Estadio Nacional
Brasilia, Brazil

13:00 Local Time

Referee: Nicola RIZZOLI (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato FAVERANI (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea STEFANI (ITA)
Fourth official: Benjamin WILLIAMS (AUS)

Goals: 8′ Gonzalo Higuain (A)

Official formations – lineups:

Argentina: Sergio Romero; Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Ezequiel Garay, Jose Basanta; Lucas Biglia, Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria; Ezequiel Lavezzi, Gonzalo Higuain, Lionel Messi.

Belgium: Thibaut Courtois; Toby Alderweireld, Daniel Van Buyten, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen; Axel Witsel, Marouane Fellaini, Kevin De Bruyne; Kevin Mirallas, Divock Origi, Eden Hazard.