06/07/2014 Match of the Day


06/07/2014

A chance to watch the quarter-final match between Argentina and Belgium from the World Cup in Brazil.


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are off to Brasilia, for Argentina -- Argentina versus Belgium.

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Alejandro Sabella makes three changes, two of them at the back

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stop 31-macro makes his first appearance at this World Cup in

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place of Fernando 's -- -- Demichelis. Lionel Messi wins his

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19th cap. -- 90th cap. The two teams uniting in support of the FIFA

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antiracism campaign. Our uniting in support of the FIFA

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from Italy. It is his third match uniting in support of the FIFA

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this World Cup after taking uniting in support of the FIFA

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of the Netherland 's versus Spain match will stop --.

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Lionel Messi there who has scored four goals already in this

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tournament and got the winning goal against Switzerland in extra time.

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Kevin Mirallas starts on the right for Marc Wilmots. Steven Defour is

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available after suspension. Alejandro Sabella took over three

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years ago. Marc Wilmots is a former player who appeared in the World Cup

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and had a goal disallowed 12 years ago.

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Two teams with parallel records, are 100% record and both teams have won

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all of their matches by a one goal margin. -- a 100% record. Argentina

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with the edge, three of their previous four encounters with Brazil

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have seen them come out on top, Belgium's loan of victory in the

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group stages of the 1982 World Cup and we are under in Brasilia. --

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loan and victory -- underway. Attach for Daniel Van Buyten. Here

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is Pablo Zabaleta. First touch boards Lucas Biglia. Loses out in

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the air to Ezequiel Garay. -- Ezequiel Garay. That -- Fellaini.

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Eden Hazard. Jan Vertonghen on the near touchline.

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A feisty challenge. That was on Axel Witsel. Jan Vertonghen who scored

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the winning goal against South Korea. It is away by a Demichelis. A

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bit of space for Kevin De Bruyne. A real intensity about this one.

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Argentina know they will need to up real intensity about this one.

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their game to get past this hurdle. Lionel Messi, what a pass! In Ed

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Carnes and it is away by the Vincent Kompany. -- in it comes. He was in

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an acre of space on that far side. Angel di Maria. Pablo Zabaleta for

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word on the near touchline. -- for word. -- forward.

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This is Jose Maria Basanta. An opportunity for Axel Witsel to get

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it clear. Comfortably put back by Ezequiel Garay.

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A good touch by Gonzalo Higuain. Angel di Maria does not need him. He

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was a matchwinner at the other day in Sao Paulo, Angel di Maria. He was

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set up by Lionel Messi for the only goal in that match against

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Switzerland. This is the first meeting between these teams in 28

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years. He has been beaten only twice in four matches so far. Belgium have

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the joint best defensive record. Kevin Mirallas. Another free kick

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given by the Italian referee for that challenge by Javier Mascherano.

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Quite rightly so. I am not sure there was any contact between Javier

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Mascherano and the Belgian player. Belgium taken over by World Cup

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theme. Television audiences reaching 85% back home. That was the match

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against the USA. Lucas Biglia. Free kick for

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Argentina for that challenge. Argentina seeing much of the ball

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here. Angel di Maria was blocked. Lucas Biglia. He is going to loiter

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in a defensive mid field position here. He came off the bench in all

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of the matches before today, but gets a start today. Ezequiel

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Lavezzi. It will be a goal kick. The temperature is around 26 degrees

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here. Another glorious day. The humidity is around 33%. Pablo

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Zabaleta. Gonzalo Higuain, Javier Mascherano.

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It is put out by Jan Vertonghen, he is then sent company. Not quite from

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Lionel Messi. -- Vincent Kompany. 70 macro! 1-0 to Argentina. -- Gonzalo

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Higuain. It is his first goal of this World

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Cup and what a game in which to score it! Argentina have had most of

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the early play. Lionel Messi, so difficult to get off the ball. The

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break was incisive, the finish was clinical. Belgium behind early on.

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Thibaut Courtois could not get anywhere near that one. It is the

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perfect start for Argentina. They have got the bit between their

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teeth. Fellaini. Sergio Romero, still the number one

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for Argentina, despite the fact he hardly played this past season, he

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has been on loan. I weighed by Ezequiel Garay. --

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away. Daniel Van Buyten, Axel Witsel.

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Kevin Mirallas, the chemical on after 60 minutes to replace Dries

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Mertens has been replaced by Toby Alderweireld.

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Great atmosphere inside the Estadio Nacional de Brasilia, in the main,

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thanks to the very vocal support from Argentina. Still have not seen

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anything like the best of Eden Hazard so far in this World Cup.

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Gonzalo Higuain, closed down by Axel Witsel.

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Only the second time Belgium have been in the quarterfinals of the

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World Cup. Advantage played by the referee. They beat Spain in

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penalties after a 1-1 draw in 1986. Jan Vertonghen against Zabaleta.

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That be a goal kick. -- that will be. Here is the goal, as early as

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the eighth minute. It was a deflection that took it towards

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Gonzalo Higuain. It bounced his way, but he pounced. And lashed it home.

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This will be an Argentina throw-in. This is their 50th World Cup match

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against European opposition over the years. Unsurprisingly, they have won

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more than they have lost. Fellaini, looking for Origi. Well marshalled.

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Demichelis. A bit of room here for Kevin de Bruyne. He will not come

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close to finding it this time. He opened the scoring against the

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United States in the second round. He was the top scorer in qualifying

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for Belgium. He has settled in well at Wolfsburg following his move from

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Chelsea during the season. They have two balls on the field so Sergio

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Romero will have to hang on for a second.

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Eden Hazard. Lavezzi, tracking back, trying to help out. And the

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first corner kick of the game goes to Belgium. Kevin de Bruyne tainted.

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-- takes it. Fellaini, heading towards the far post. Vincent

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Kompany is up for this one. Very heavy footed, there. He will be

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happy with the start that his team has made. He acknowledged that they

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had not played as well as he had hoped so far but those narrow

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victories had led to this point. He feels that it is much more of an

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even game at the World Cup these days than perhaps in years gone by

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with a fine line between many of the teams. Could be the defining

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tournament in a glittering career. Fellaini tempted to lunge in the

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end. The free kick, quickly taken. The Maria was looking for that

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little touch into the path of Messi. -- Di Maria.

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Plenty of room. Argentina, dropping back. Axel Witsel.

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Jan Vertonghen from Angel Di Maria, and he has.

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Good ball in. And behind by Ezekiel Garay. Plenty of experience, those

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two at the back for Argentina, Demichelis and Ezekiel Garay, the

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Benfica defender. The referee was not quite ready for that. Vincent

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Kompany getting involved, maybe with his club team-mate, Martin

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Demichelis. That was flashed in towards the goal, racing in at the

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near post was Daniel Van Buyten. Argentina in great form in terms of

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results coming into this game, six wins in a row in all competitions,

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unbeaten in nine and they have only conceded three goals in that run.

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Just less than spectacular here in Brazil so far. Most importantly,

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they are still here in the World Cup. Mascherano put under pressure,

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having to dig that one out. Still a pivotal figure for Alejandro

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Sabella's side. Belgium free kick for that challenge

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on Axel Witsel. Messi, the guilty party.

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Lavezzi, rather Scuffet map. -- scuffing that.

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Vincent Kompany kept his eye on that, with Lionel Messi rapidly

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closing him down. Now Kevin de Bruyne, with Eden Hazard, the

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referee says he was looking for a free kick.

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Eden Hazard wanted it short. In the end, it is played way too long. For

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him and for Kevin Mirallas. The header from Axel Witsel. And now

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the Tongan. -- Jan Vertonghen. Just over running the ball slightly after

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being hassled by Mascherano. Di Maria. Lovely piece of skill from

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the Real Madrid player. Lavezzi. Again, looking for space on the far

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side of the field, and Zabaleta is heading towards the far post. The

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flick on from Angel Di Maria. It was not too far from finding Higuain.

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The touch of a very confident player.

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Almost at the midway point in the first half, and still, Sergio Romero

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has not had a save to make. In, towards Fellaini. Origi being well

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marshalled by the towards Fellaini. Origi being well

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at the back for Argentina. Lovely skill from a player in fine

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form. And the flag up quickly on the far side.

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Axel Witsel, beaten to it by Lionel Messi. That did not come down

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quickly enough for Origi. Demichelis there, saying, for the first time in

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this tournament, he started all five matches four years ago. He has been

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in the international wilderness for quite some time. Played in a warm up

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match in May against Trinidad and Tobago and it was the first time he

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had played for the national team in three years. That was short, and

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given away by Ezekiel Garay. As he has not done very often in this

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World Cup. Very accurate, passing the ball. Argentina with plenty of

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time to organise themselves and get back behind the ball. Played it too

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long, and too ponderous. And here comes Lucas Biglia. Great run by

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Angel Di Maria I had of him, with Higuain, screaming for it in the

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centre. -- ahead of him. Argentina were looking set to break before

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Lucas Biglia took too long in possession.

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will be backpedalling rapidly. Lionel Messi. It is three on one. It

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is not a free kick for Argentina. Axel Witsel. It was saved by Sergio

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Romero, did not quite fall for Divock Origi. Gonzalo Higuain with

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the past to lean on -- Lionel Messi. The fly goes up against Lionel Messi

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following the challenge from Vincent Kompany. -- Sligo. Argentina are

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looking dangerous. -- flag. Here is the first save made by Sergio

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Romero. Here is Lionel Messi when he went down and did not get the free

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kick. He is looking for Kevin De Bruyne.

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Excellent play from the former Chelsea man. Not a great clearance

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from Jose Maria Basanta. Not a bad delivery. Did not quite fall for

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Eden Hazard. Marouane Fellaini, it is away by

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Ezequiel Garay. Space for Axel Witsel. Jan

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Vertonghen well forward on the near side of the field. Lionel Messi. He

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will thread that through to Angel di Maria. Angel di Maria! A vital block

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made by Vincent Kompany. Advantage to Belgium following that challenge

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on Jan Vertonghen. Angel di Maria is still on the ground. Argentina want

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the ball put out the play, but Belgium are not interested. It is

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out anyway. -- out of play. Tremendous play, the pass from

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Lionel Messi. The shot from Angel di Maria, blocked by the Belgian

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captain. Another delayed reaction, he clearly felt something poll. --

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pull. Lionel Messi nearly picking balaka off the Belgian backline. --

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the lock. Two teams taking advantage of this brief break in play to have

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a drink. There it is again. No contact between the two macro

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players. -- two. Both coaches taking the opportunity

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to speak to their players. It is not an official break. Pablo Zabaleta.

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Angel di Maria still receiving treatment. He will be back on

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shortly. As we go into the last 15 minutes of

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the first half... Here is Gonzalo Higuain, brilliantly taken. Jan

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Vertonghen, fully attentive, and he will need to be. Pablo Zabaleta.

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There is a sharpness about Argentina we have not seen before in the

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tournament. Javier Mascherano, Jose Maria Basanta. They know we are

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coming towards the business end now. Lionel Messi. Lucas Biglia.

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Argentina are back up to their full complement of 11, Angel di Maria is

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back on the field. Hoping it will not trouble him for the rest of the

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afternoon. Ezequiel Lavezzi, not trouble him for the rest of the

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down by Marouane Fellaini. Supported by Jose Maria Basanta, nearly found

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Gonzalo Higuain and it was Vincent Kompany there, followed by a Kevin

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Mirallas. -- followed by a Kevin Mirallas. Free kick for Belgium. I

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think Angel di Maria has a real problem. Looking at that incident

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with Divock Origi again. This is not good news for Argentina. Angel di

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Maria is playing really well. It looks as if a thigh strain may

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curtail his involvement in this game. Required here, Enzo Peres is

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going to come on. He is stripped and ready to go. Angel di Maria may be

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done. Let us hope he is not done for the tournament. The first change of

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the match. Enzo Perez comes on. Alejandro Sabella is very familiar

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with what he can do. How will that affect the balance of the play and

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the balance of the Argentina side? Jan Vertonghen. 12 minutes to go to

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the break, plus added time, of which there will be a bit. Marouane

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Fellaini got himself in that -- on the scoresheet in the first game.

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Four goals in the group stages for Lionel Messi.

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He momentarily turned his back, Marouane Fellaini.

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Jan Vertonghen. I weighed by Lucas Biglia. -- away. Still time to go to

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half-time. Daniel Van Buyten. Kevin Mirallas down, but he is not

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going to get the free kick he was hoping that he would.

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Jose Maria Basanta with the thrall -- with the throw.

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Pablo Zabaleta. Jan Vertonghen. He is pretty sharp and snappy.

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Enzo Perez was closed down quickly by Eden Hazard. Nine minutes to go

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to the break, Gonzalo Higuain is down. The ball has been put out of

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play. He was caught by Kevin De Bruyne.

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Martin Demichelis. Belgium are momentarily down to ten

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players here. Kevin De Bruyne is having treatment. Lionel Messi.

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Pablo Zabaleta is wide. Pablo Zabaleta, Enzo Perez. Belgium

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are back up to 11. Argentina still Pablo Zabaleta, Enzo Perez. Belgium

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have possession here. Ezequiel Lavezzi. A bit of a frustrating

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season in France for him. Martin Demichelis. Pablo Zabaleta. Belgium

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with the header, but it was collected by Enzo Perez. It is into

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Lionel Messi, beautiful control! Almost took him all the way into the

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penalty area. Belgium do not like it, but the referee has given

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Argentina a free kick just outside the box. For a few moments there, --

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it was like the ball was stuck to his third, Lionel Messi. Surrounded

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by Belgian players. -- stuck to his foot. That has been penalised.

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Testing times for the Belgian defence.

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Thibaut Courtois, vocal in saying what he wants.

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The referee needs at the decidedly long line on the pitch for this

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reason. -- a decidedly long line. Lionel Messi with the ball at his

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feet, five minutes until half-time. A big moment.

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Round the outside of the wall. It was always lifting over the top of

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the bar. Good play-by-play rares. Very tidy. -- by Peres.

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The winners of this time Will Claye either the Netherlands or Costa Rica

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on Wednesday. That is in towards Eden Hazard.

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Comes off Perez. The delivery from Jan Vertonghen, and the header

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flashes just wide of the goal. Kevin Mirallas coming in and making

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contact with that. Unable to direct goalwards. As the ball goes scudding

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wind of the post. -- wide of the post.

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Gonzalo Higuain. He has had a good first year in Italy, with Napoli.

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Exactly three minutes to go of the opening 45. This is the first corner

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kick for Argentina in this World Cup quarterfinal.

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Lionel Messi looking to be the creator here.

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Off the head of Axel Witsel, off his nose, judging by his reaction.

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Just over 68,500 inside the Estadio Nacional de Brasilia in the

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capital. Judging by the noise, the vast majority of them supporting

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Argentina. Mascherano. Winning his 100th cap during this tournament.

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But Santa plays his football in Mexico these days -- Basanta.

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Away from Zabaleta. Towards Fellaini. He was looking for Kevin

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Mirallas, who was in a great position. Belgium looking to finish

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the first half strongly. Lionel Messi, for Argentina. Lavezzi

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again, with all of the room in the world. That touch enabled Daniel Van

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Buyten to get the ball away. He was involved the last time Belgium were

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at the World Cup rolled years ago. -- 12 years ago. Two minutes of

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added time. Half is almost upon us. -- half-time.

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Too long for, the 19-year-old striker from Lille. He has not had

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much to work with in this opening half. -- to Longford Divock Origi.

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Last minute of added time before the break. And Origi just manoeuvred

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away from the ball. By Ezekiel Garay.

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There goes the half-time whistle blown by Nicola Rizzoli, and

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Argentina are 45 minutes away from the semifinals. Gonzalo Higuain has

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scored the only goal of this first half, in the eighth minute. Lashing

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the ball into the bottom corner. Marc Wilmots and Belgium know that

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they are still very much in the game at 1-0.

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This is where Argentina have slipped up in the last couple of World Cup,

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beaten both times in the last eight by Germany, but they have got the

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advantage going into the second half, with that early strike by

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Gonzalo Higuain, but it is a blow for them losing Di Maria during the

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opening 45 minutes. They have not moved the ball quickly enough into

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the final third. With just one goal in it, this game is far from

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decided. The ball had already gone out of

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play. Basanta getting his 12th cap this

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afternoon. That was Enzo Peres getting forward.

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Nearly keeping the ball in play. That was Vincent Kompany. Higuain.

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He goes down under the challenge from Vincent Kompany.

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Higuain scored 24 goals in his first season in Italy in all competitions.

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The former Real Madrid striker. He was strongly linked with Arsenal

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last summer before heading for Napoli. Messi, with the ball at his

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feet. Worrying from a Belgian point of view. Too long, this time, for

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Basanta. Sergio Romero playing in his second World Cup. Solid so far

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and mostly untroubled in this quarterfinal up to this point. Jan

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Vertonghen underneath that. quarterfinal up to this point. Jan

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outpolled Chase. -- Eden Hazard will chase. Argentina with clean sheets

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in two out of three matches they had laid before today. -- they had

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played. So far, this game following the

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pattern of all of their other games at the World Cup with a 1- goal

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advantage, they had a 1-goal winning margin each time. This is Axel

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Witsel. Space for Hazzard. Away from Lucas Biglia. Jan Vertonghen. Close

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down by Pablo Zabaleta. It is going to be throwing. -- a throw in. Jan

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Vertonghen prefers to play in the middle of the fence but he is often

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used at left act by his country, as well as by Tottenham. -- in the

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middle of defence. It will be another throw-in. Kevin

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De Bruyne, closing down Mascherano. Lavezzi. Into space, with Basanta

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against surging forward. -- again. That was the challenge from Fellaini

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which left Lucas Biglia on the deck. And here, Argentina, Higuain, he

:57:39.:57:44.

might fancy it himself. The deflection off Daniel Van Buyten

:57:45.:57:49.

taking it wide of the post for a corner kick. That could so easily

:57:50.:57:58.

have deflected in to the back of the net, with Thibaut Courtois

:57:59.:58:02.

wrong-footed by the sizeable deflection. Argentina looking to

:58:03.:58:17.

make a fast start to this second period, similar to the first, when

:58:18.:58:29.

they scored within eight minutes. Lionel Messi, wonderful control.

:58:30.:58:38.

Lavezzi. Real danger. The ball just whistling between Thibaut Courtois

:58:39.:58:46.

and Vincent Kompany. Lavezzi is posing a real threat down the left

:58:47.:59:00.

for Argentina. It is Ezequiel Lavezzi again.

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Lucas Biglia, that was nice, Jan Vertonghen brings it to a halt,

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Lucas Biglia, that was nice, Jan not for long. They're pull is up.

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The referee will show why yellow card for the first time today -- the

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word macro. -- flag. He glanced his shin with a very high boot there.

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The first yellow card for Eden Hazard.

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Ezequiel Garay is the only Argentinian player with a yellow

:00:13.:00:15.

card on the field. Lionel Messi's delivery, the

:00:16.:00:26.

goalkeeper was stretching there. Belgium are on the back foot. That

:00:27.:00:56.

is comfortable for Thibaut Courtois. Can they break with Axel Witsel?

:00:57.:01:01.

Plenty of red shirts getting forward. Kevin De Bruyne. It was too

:01:02.:01:13.

long. It was too long before the ball came down for Ed and has.

:01:14.:01:19.

Gonzalo Higuain! It is off the top of the bar. -- Eden Hazard.

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Powerful, surging from the Argentinian striker. Ambitious

:01:28.:01:38.

finish. Belgium are relieved to see the ball skidding off the top of the

:01:39.:02:03.

crossbar. Alejandro Sabella was talking about Gonzalo Higuain and

:02:04.:02:07.

said he had not scored, but if he gets one, he will not stop.

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Confidence is flowing through his veins after that first half strike.

:02:14.:02:27.

Marouane Fellaini losing out to Martin Demichelis who has been solid

:02:28.:02:33.

for Argentina. Javier Mascherano, wonderful atmosphere in the stadium.

:02:34.:02:36.

The Belgian fans, with little to shout about so far will stop --.

:02:37.:02:59.

Jan Vertonghen. Axel Witsel. He is getting back to the left fullback

:03:00.:03:09.

position. Axel Witsel. Divock Origi, he has

:03:10.:03:32.

not been able to get into this match at all. Gonzalo Higuain, alarm bells

:03:33.:03:40.

are ringing now. The Belgian defence are alarmed. It was ahead of Lionel

:03:41.:03:58.

Messi. Dries Mertens is preparing to come on, along with Romelu Lukaku.

:03:59.:04:10.

Belgium with a little over half an hour to change the course of this

:04:11.:04:26.

game and keep alive their hopes in this World Cup. This is so much

:04:27.:04:38.

harder than their last match. Gonzalo Higuain.

:04:39.:04:46.

Wonderful control. Brilliant play. Javier Mascherano. Lionel Messi.

:04:47.:05:08.

Here is Ezequiel Lavezzi. Tackled by Vincent Kompany, no foul. Ezequiel

:05:09.:05:20.

Lavezzi stays down, Belgium are in possession.

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The frustration for the Belgian players at having to stop the game,

:05:31.:05:35.

but here is the challenge again from Vincent Kompany stop he gets him or

:05:36.:05:45.

not the right foot. Now the change for Belgium. Divock Origi is being

:05:46.:06:00.

replaced by Romelu Lukaku. Romelu Lukaku came off the bench against

:06:01.:06:06.

the USA. Kevin Mirallas vents his frustration as he is replaced by

:06:07.:06:12.

Dries Mertens. He started the last game. He came off the bench to score

:06:13.:06:21.

the winner and against Algeria earlier in the competition. Still

:06:22.:06:24.

plenty of hope for Belgium in this game. Half an hour to go. Good news

:06:25.:06:31.

for Argentina, it looks as if he is OK. A crunching challenge from

:06:32.:06:38.

Vincent Kompany. Half an hour to go exactly. Axel

:06:39.:07:07.

Witsel. First touch for Dries Mertens. Jan Vertonghen. A header

:07:08.:07:14.

from market Jones! It is over the bar. Suddenly, that was a bit more

:07:15.:07:19.

like it from Belgium -- market Jones. The delivery from Jan

:07:20.:07:37.

Vertonghen from the left -- and -- Fellaini. Enzo Perez. Pablo Zabaleta

:07:38.:07:52.

in possession, given away by Dries Mertens. Falling nicely. Falling for

:07:53.:08:05.

Enzo Perez, but I way come Belgium now with Jan Vertonghen. Will they

:08:06.:08:19.

get a free kick? Away by Lucas Biglia. Clattered the ankles of Jan

:08:20.:08:33.

Vertonghen. They were queueing up for that. It is Belgian's ball.

:08:34.:09:31.

Still his goal that gives Argentina the lead. It has been an excellent

:09:32.:09:38.

performance from Gonzalo Higuain. He very nearly had a second one with

:09:39.:09:40.

this shot. He runs into Gonzalo Higuain, who is

:09:41.:10:10.

challenged. The players are getting frustrated.

:10:11.:10:31.

Martin Demichelis, Pablo Zabaleta, this is Enzo Perez. He is caught out

:10:32.:10:38.

by Dries Mertens. Belgium have had six goals here,

:10:39.:10:57.

which were scored by substitutes. Two of them, Romelu Lukaku and Dries

:10:58.:11:06.

Mertens are on the field now. There is going to be an urgency about the

:11:07.:11:11.

play from Belgium now. Not far from the midway point of this second-half

:11:12.:11:20.

now. They have not really tested Sergio Romero in this match. Kevin

:11:21.:11:26.

De Bruyne. Comfortably clear by Martin Demichelis. Gonzalo Higuain

:11:27.:11:36.

on the floor momentarily, but Belgium are keen to get on with the

:11:37.:11:40.

game. Needs a good delivery, was not great, but it almost ended up

:11:41.:11:48.

squirming underneath the goalkeeper. Ezequiel Garay slid in. Whipped in

:11:49.:11:58.

low and off the central defender, but the goalkeeper was right there

:11:59.:12:02.

behind the ball, Romelu Lukaku almost got in. Here come Argentina

:12:03.:12:08.

and it is Lionel Messi, Pablo Zabaleta. Gonzalo Higuain waits in

:12:09.:12:20.

the centre. Look at Smith. -- Lucas Biglia.

:12:21.:12:24.

Javier Mascherano. Vincent Kompany wins it back and Marouane Fellaini

:12:25.:12:43.

is under pressure. A return from Axel Witsel who is cut out by Jose

:12:44.:12:45.

Maria Basanta. Eden Hazard taking the past from

:12:46.:13:09.

Dries Mertens. Toby Alderweireld, working it wide to Jan Vertonghen

:13:10.:13:14.

who is always available. Sergio Romero is under pressure.

:13:15.:13:21.

Belgium went into this quarterfinal on the back of seven wins in a row,

:13:22.:13:37.

equalling their best ever run. They need a goal here to keep their World

:13:38.:13:40.

Cup hopes alive. Jan Vertonghen, need a goal here to keep their World

:13:41.:13:46.

Cup hopes alive. Jan Marouane Fellaini. -- Jan Vertonghen. A

:13:47.:14:00.

stretch there are four Javier Mascherano. -- a stretch there are

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420 macro. -- a stretch there are four Javier Mascherano.

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Constant din being made by the Argentina fans.

:14:31.:14:38.

While Messi up against Vincent Kompany, who had to get that right,

:14:39.:14:50.

and he did. -- Lionel Messi. That is a yellow card for Toby Alderweireld.

:14:51.:14:57.

That would rule him out of a semifinal. Lucas Biglia, the player

:14:58.:15:00.

on the floor. This is what the yellow card was

:15:01.:15:26.

for. No semifinal for him, but no semifinal for any of them.

:15:27.:15:36.

It is only the third time that Belgium have faced South American

:15:37.:15:57.

opposition in the knockout stages of the World Cup. They have lost to

:15:58.:16:03.

Argentina in the semifinal in 1986 and to Brazil 12 years ago in the

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second round. As we head towards the last 20 minutes of the game. Away

:16:14.:16:20.

from Toby Alderweireld. Lavezzi nearby. He will settle for

:16:21.:16:37.

the throw-in. Argentina now making another change. Rodrigo Palacio will

:16:38.:16:46.

come on. For the third time in this World Cup. Ezequiel Lavezzi is the

:16:47.:16:51.

man being replaced. Rodrigo Palacio has had a fine

:16:52.:17:15.

season with in Italy, including a Derby winning goal against Milan. --

:17:16.:17:27.

with Inter in Italy. Both sides now have made two

:17:28.:17:46.

changes. The post holder between Fellaini and Demichelis. -- the

:17:47.:17:54.

tussle between. Demichelis gets the deflection.

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Towards Higuain. Daniel Van Buyten wins the duel. Lukaku, shut down by

:18:09.:18:38.

Ezequiel Garay. The free kick given against Moran Fellaini. -- against

:18:39.:18:49.

Marouane Fellaini. Still just one goal in it. Still, the Belgian fans

:18:50.:19:01.

will keep the faith. Their last eight World Cup goals have been

:19:02.:19:08.

scored in the 70th minute later. -- in the 70th minute, or later.

:19:09.:19:22.

Daniel Van Buyten looks like he has a problem. Marouane Fellaini.

:19:23.:19:42.

Penalised. That was nowhere near where the infringement occurred.

:19:43.:19:52.

Surprised he can get away with that. 17 minutes remaining.

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Daniel Van Buyten. Towards Marouane Fellaini. Dries Mertens looking for

:20:03.:20:19.

Vertonghen. Ultimately, nearly finding touch.

:20:20.:20:31.

Here come Belgian again -- Belgium again. Rodrigo Palacio now.

:20:32.:20:44.

Mascherano almost rushed out there to Kevin De Bruyne. Belgium have got

:20:45.:20:54.

to go for it. The chance from the cross. Here it comes. Cut out by

:20:55.:21:01.

Romero. Dries Mertens stretchers and does well to get away from Zabaleta,

:21:02.:21:03.

but it is blocked by Perez. The yellow card for Lucas Biglia for

:21:04.:21:22.

the challenge on Jan Vertonghen. Here is why. He was blocking the

:21:23.:21:23.

path of Vertonghen. The last change being made by Marc

:21:24.:21:36.

Wilmots. Nacer Chadli of Tottenham Hotspur is about to come on. Eden

:21:37.:21:54.

Hazard is the player going off. All three changes made now by the

:21:55.:22:04.

Belgian coach. Dries Mertens will take this. Roope Kakko heading to

:22:05.:22:16.

the far post, and it is hoped into the near post. -- Lukaku. Much to

:22:17.:22:32.

the frustration of Lukaku. Something of a let off for the Argentina

:22:33.:22:43.

defence. Dries Mertens was the first signing by Rafa Benitez when he took

:22:44.:22:56.

over at Napoli last summer. Lukaku. Trying to get clear of Ezequiel

:22:57.:23:00.

Garay, and he has. The flag goes up against Nacer Chadli. He was just

:23:01.:23:27.

offside. Inside the last 15 minutes of this game now. Kevin De Bruyne

:23:28.:23:38.

does well to keep it in. Fellaini, all arms and legs, retrieving

:23:39.:23:40.

possession for Belgium. Basanta. The referee saying that you can take

:23:41.:24:15.

all the time you want with this throw-in, but I am taking a note of

:24:16.:24:27.

it. Another throw-in for Argentina. Alejandro Sabella signalling that he

:24:28.:24:32.

is going to make another substitution shortly. Just hanging

:24:33.:24:43.

on to that too long, Rodrigo Palacio.

:24:44.:24:57.

It looks as if Fernando Gago might be coming on for the final few

:24:58.:25:08.

minutes of this game. Vincent Kompany. Given away.

:25:09.:25:22.

Every time Argentina get a throw-in, they take some more time.

:25:23.:25:34.

Zabaleta, towards Higuain, quick to go to ground, free kick, breaks the

:25:35.:25:41.

play up again. Axel Witsel getting a word from the referee for that. He

:25:42.:25:46.

is one of those already on a yellow card. He is a key player in the

:25:47.:25:54.

spine of the team under Marc Wilmots.

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Messi, away from Fellaini. But not Vincent Kompany. Zabaleta.

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Messi, away from Fellaini. But not from Axel Witsel. Daniel Van Buyten.

:26:18.:26:22.

Demichelis with plenty of time to see that one coming.

:26:23.:26:31.

Just over ten minutes to go plus added time.

:26:32.:26:46.

Vincent Kompany being chased down by Lucas Biglia. And the final change

:26:47.:27:03.

of the match made by Alejandro Sabella. Fernando Gago is going to

:27:04.:27:10.

come on to replace Gonzalo Higuain. This is the goal that separates the

:27:11.:27:16.

teams. Lashed into the net in the eighth minute of the game. Standing

:27:17.:27:25.

ovation for Gonzalo Higuain. He has got an exceptional scoring rate for

:27:26.:27:34.

his country, 21 goals in 41 matches. He is off, and Fernando Gago is on,

:27:35.:27:41.

as Argentina try to see this one out.

:27:42.:28:10.

Just nine minutes now for Belgium to do something about this.

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But they are in a very different game here, to the one that they

:28:24.:28:31.

played against the USA the other night, when they constantly peppered

:28:32.:28:36.

the goal of Tim Howard with shots. And but for some wonderful

:28:37.:28:39.

goalkeeping from Tim Howard, they might have run away with the game

:28:40.:28:45.

inside 90 minutes, never mind being taken into extra time. It is a very

:28:46.:28:47.

different story here. Belgium have had in the last two

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macro years. 14 wins and three draws in that time. These are the matches

:29:11.:29:16.

that matter -- two. Knockout games on the big stage. Argentina has the

:29:17.:29:26.

slender advantage, which they have held for most of the match. Pablo

:29:27.:29:32.

Zabaleta with the cross. Too high for Rodrigo Palacio.

:29:33.:29:39.

Marouane Fellaini. He is somebody in the Belgian team with a bit of

:29:40.:30:07.

inspiration to change the course of this game. Will big goal be enough

:30:08.:30:14.

with macro the flag has gone up on the far side -- will that goal be

:30:15.:30:29.

enough? The flag up swiftly on the near side. The clock ticks for

:30:30.:30:37.

Belgium and for their hopes of staying in this World Cup. It has

:30:38.:30:54.

been a relatively quiet afternoon for Sergio Romero in the Argentinian

:30:55.:30:56.

goal. Six minutes and counting. Merry

:30:57.:31:15.

Smith in towards Romelu Lukaku. A shot. -- Marouane Fellaini. Corner

:31:16.:31:30.

for Belgium. Anxious times now for Argentina. They will be on red alert

:31:31.:31:46.

here. Perhaps not a surprise that the referee has a bit of sorting out

:31:47.:31:56.

to do, so much at stake. Marouane Fellaini is such a handful. In it

:31:57.:32:00.

comes, off the head of Fernando Gago. The flag goes up against

:32:01.:32:46.

Romelu Lukaku. Belgium are five minutes away from losing this match.

:32:47.:32:56.

Rodrigo Palacio. Apart from Lionel Messi oh -- Lionel Messi. -- a pass

:32:57.:33:03.

from Lionel Messi. Axel Witsel. Naccer Chadli. He is

:33:04.:33:24.

playing a more central role for Belgium than he does for Tottenham.

:33:25.:33:30.

Marouane Fellaini, does not fall for Romelu Lukaku. He has been penalised

:33:31.:33:40.

by the referee. Jose Maria Basanta has gone to the ground.

:33:41.:33:49.

Romelu Lukaku hardly touched him. Jose Maria Basanta is being treated

:33:50.:33:54.

for cramp. Inside the last three minutes of the

:33:55.:34:25.

90 minutes. No wonder it has been launched by Vincent Kompany. All

:34:26.:34:29.

hands on deck for Argentina. I way by Jose Maria Basanta. -- away by

:34:30.:34:42.

Jose Maria Basanta. Marouane Fellaini. Cannot get clear, Jose

:34:43.:34:51.

Maria Basanta making the block. It is a corner for Belgium. Trying to

:34:52.:34:56.

finish the match on a front foot, trying to force extra time. Two

:34:57.:35:03.

minutes to go, plus added time. Dries Mertens with the corner.

:35:04.:35:13.

Whipped back in by Naccer Chadli. Sergio Romero looks to get him away

:35:14.:35:22.

on the counter. I throw for Belgium. -- a throw. In towards Marouane

:35:23.:35:32.

Fellaini and Daniel Van Buyten was there. It struck him on the arm.

:35:33.:35:40.

Free kick for Argentina. The veteran up there in the thick of things, I

:35:41.:35:52.

think it was a handball. Yes. Early indications are that we might be

:35:53.:35:57.

heading for a minimum of four minutes of added time. That is still

:35:58.:36:05.

to be confirmed. Dries Mertens. Naccer Chadli going up with Pablo

:36:06.:36:08.

Zabaleta. Jan Vertonghen. Daniel Van Naccer Chadli going up with Pablo

:36:09.:36:16.

Buyten is staying up front. The referee will stop the game. I think

:36:17.:36:31.

that is Enzo Perez on the ground. A collision with his own team-mate has

:36:32.:36:43.

knocked the wind from his sales. -- sails. It was against Pablo

:36:44.:36:48.

Zabaleta. Any momentum that Belgium has been building has been

:36:49.:36:50.

interrupted by the stoppage in play. The 90 minutes are up and those four

:36:51.:37:13.

minutes have become five minutes. Argentina are so close to the

:37:14.:37:21.

semifinal. Belgium with so little time to find a goal from somewhere.

:37:22.:37:31.

They just have not been able to perform with the flair and verve

:37:32.:37:37.

that they've -- that we saw the other day. Argentina have showed the

:37:38.:37:47.

greater intensity. At the moment, heading for what would be a fifth

:37:48.:37:53.

straight win at this World Cup by a one goal margin. They are not there

:37:54.:37:58.

yet, though. Belgium are not finished. Daniel Van Buyten is on

:37:59.:38:02.

the ground, hoping for a free kick, but the referee says play on. In

:38:03.:38:19.

towards Rodrigo Palacio. Toby Alderweireld beat him to it. He can

:38:20.:38:30.

be quite a handful. Vincent Kompany looking for Axel Witsel. Jan

:38:31.:38:35.

Vertonghen. Naccer Chadli was running into a good position. It is

:38:36.:38:46.

up towards Romelu Lukaku. Could not quite reach Dries Mertens, I way by

:38:47.:38:50.

Pablo Zabaleta. Another throw to Belgium. Just over three minutes

:38:51.:38:55.

remaining -- away. Bounced off the head of Marouane

:38:56.:39:20.

Fellaini as Belgium look for some last-minute inspiration.

:39:21.:39:30.

A challenge, but nothing doing from the referee.

:39:31.:39:41.

Argentina edging towards the finishing line in this game.

:39:42.:39:50.

Thibaut Courtois, nearly eight times now, that Lionel Messi has played

:39:51.:39:59.

against them without scoring past him. Might not matter today, because

:40:00.:40:08.

Gonzalo Higuain did. Not much time left for Belgium now. Here comes

:40:09.:40:17.

Lucas Biglia. Away goes Lionel Messi! He can put the finishing

:40:18.:40:22.

touches on the victory. Good save by Thibaut Courtois. Belgium's hopes

:40:23.:40:34.

are wafer thin, but still alive. A minute and a half remaining will

:40:35.:40:41.

stop Argentina just bumping the ball out of play. --. Naccer Chadli.

:40:42.:40:48.

Kevin De Bruyne. out of play. --. Naccer Chadli.

:40:49.:40:57.

Witsel. Dries Mertens. In towards Romelu Lukaku. Stays up. Could not

:40:58.:41:03.

quite find Daniel Van Buyten. Axel Witsel with the shot! That might

:41:04.:41:15.

just about be the lot for Belgium. That is the closest they have come

:41:16.:41:20.

for a long time in this game. Axel Witsel had to give it a crack. The

:41:21.:41:31.

ball just tumbled away from the gold. At the other end of the field,

:41:32.:41:36.

moments before that, Lionel Messi with a chance to finish it off for

:41:37.:41:42.

Argentina, denying by Thibaut Courtois -- goal. Rodrigo Palacio

:41:43.:41:51.

going for the spectacular. We have almost had our five minutes of added

:41:52.:41:57.

time. A little look at the watch. It is all over!

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time. A little look at the watch. It to Sao Paulo and the semifinal on

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Wednesday. Another narrow victory, one goal was enough. Gonzalo Higuain

:42:08.:42:16.

got it early in the match. Belgium's World Cup adventure is

:42:17.:42:25.

over. Argentina, losers in the last eight in the last two macro World

:42:26.:42:28.

Cups, did not slip at the quarterfinal hurdle this time --

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two. The final score, Argentina one, Belgium zero.

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So that is all the quarterfinals out of the way. We will see you next

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Tuesday night for Brazil who take on Germany.

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