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Argentina - affiliated with FIFA since 1912. vs Belgium - affiliated with FIFA since 1904.
Argentina vs Belgium in Brasilia.

Match Preview

Argentina and Belgium have already met twice at the World Cup Finals.

Belgium won in Europe (1:0) at Spain 1982 and Argentina won in Latin America (2:0) at the Mexico 1986 semi-finals.

The Match

It's 28 years since Argentina last won the World Cup, in Mexico, with Maradona at the helm. Now Lionel Messi has to do the business in the capital of Brazil.

The surprise package will be out to stop him and hopefully write their own history.

Goalscorers 1:0
With only eight minutes on the clock, Argentina went in front through a quick move from the halfway line between Lionel Messi, Angel di Maria and - via a deflection - Gonzalo Higuain to finish. Game on.

In the 55th minute, Gonzalo Higuain hit the crossbar after a swift Argentina counter-attack.

Belgium needed to push forward but left themselves vulnerable at the back.

In the end, the Europeans lacked convincing firepower.

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Final Score: Argentina 1 - Belgium 0
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Teams

Travel to Argentina Argentina:
1-Sergio Romero; 4-Pablo Zabaleta, 15-Martin Demichelis, 2-Ezequiel Garay, 23-Jose Maria Basanta; 6-Lucas Biglia, 14-Javier Mascherano, 22-Ezequiel Lavezzi, 10-Lionel Messi; 7-Angel di Maria, 9-Gonzalo Higuain.

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1-Thibaut Courtois; 2-Toby Alderweireld, 15-Daniel Van Buyten, 4-Vincent Kompany, 5-Jan Vertonghen; 8-Marouane Fellaini, 6-Axel Witsel, 11-Kevin Mirallas, 7-Kevin De Bruyne; 10-Eden Hazard, 17-Divock Origi.

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