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World Cup Quarterfinals: Argentina v. Belgium

After narrow escapes in their respective Round of 16 wins, Argentina and Belgium face off in Brasilia.

Matthias Hangst

SB Nation's 2014 World Cup Bracket'

Argetina v. Belgium
Saturday, June 5th | 5PM BST/12PM EST
Television Listings | Full Schedule


Lionel Messi looks to finally be through whatever sort of World Cup drought has plagued his career, and despite a somewhat flat performance against Switzerland last time out, his Argentina side are more than capable of advancing to the semifinals. To call Alejandro Sabella "regressive" would be an understatement, especially with the collection of talent at his disposal, but four wins from four is hard to argue with. Unless you like fun things, then there's probably a pretty good argument.

Belgium put together a good attacking effort in the 2-1 win over the US on Tuesday, but had to wait until extra time to get their two goals through Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku. They very nearly conceded twice in extra time as well, with Thibaut Courtois to thank for denying Clint Dempsey point-blank after a well-worked US free-kick. Belgium seem to be hitting something of a stride, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Marc Wilmots start with Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas on the bench again to use them as impact substitutes late.

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