At Home Abroad, Argentina Defeats Belgium, 1-0

Argentina defeated Belgium 1-0 to book a spot in the FIFA World Cup 2014 semis with Brazil, Germany and will face the Dutch.

updated: July 06, 2014 08:32 IST
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Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi (C) celebrates with teammates after winning the quarter-final football match between Argentina and Belgium.


Brasilia: As unlikely as it may seem given the resumes of the two nations involved, including the seven combined world championships, Argentina and Brazil had never reached the semifinals in the same World Cup until this year. (Complete coverage of FIFA World Cup 2014)

With a 1-0 victory over Belgium on Saturday, thanks to a goal by Gonzalo Higuain, Argentina joined Brazil, which beat Colombia on Friday, in the final four. The possibility exists that the two teams, South American giants and bitter rivals, could face off in the final in Rio de Janeiro, which many feel would provide the most fitting conclusion to this World Cup. (Also read: Messi encouraged by Argentina's 'best match')

Argentina, the winner in 1978 and 1986, is back in the semifinals for the first time since 1990, when a rough group coming off a title relied heavily on the skills of Diego Maradona and Claudio Caniggia, who did just enough to win, before losing to Germany in a desultory final.

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