ARGENTINA 1 – 0 BELGIUM
Argentina have done it again… 1-0 victories seem to be their thing at the moment, but this time they didn’t wait until after 90 minutes were up until they scored the only goal of the game. It was 8 minutes in when they decided to put the ball in the net. Belgium would have at least 82 minutes to reply with a goal of their own but never would.
Belgium have played well in this tournament and I have to say, I expected them to put up more of a fight than they did in this match. There wasn’t the same attacking spirit we had seen previously. The Belgian “star players” weren’t playing like stars, basically. Argentina marked their men well enough to stop any real chances of equalizing happening.
Lionel Messi would play in his 91st game for his country, as Diego Maradona did before him. the records speak for themselves.
Messi wasn’t on particularly good form in this game. I suspect he was chosen to be man marked and heavily defended against again, making him less likely to score.
Belgium just didn’t look dangerous in their play. Everything they did had no urgency about it, looked like they were playing in friendly which the result of wouldn’t matter, not a World Cup Quarter Final which they would be knocked out of, if they didn’t win.
KEY PLAYERS: Angel Di Maria was on good form until he was injured and had to be substituted around the half hour mark and Gonzalo Higuain got the only goal of the game with a fine volley less than ten minutes into the game.
Axel Witsel did very well while the regular Belgian “stars” you’d expect to be on better form than him, were just not performing to their regular high standard.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.