December 19, 2014
Higuaín volley gives Argentina pass to semis
Argentina reached the World Cup semi-finals when an early goal by Gonzalo Higuain and a strong defensive display proved enough to beat Belgium 1-0.
Lionel Messi's close control and a fortunate deflection opened the way for Higuain to shoot home the only goal after eight minutes, and the striker should have added a second early in the second half when he grazed the bar after a driving run.
Kevin Mirallas and Marouane Fellaini went close with headers as Belgium tried to force their way back into the game but with key midfielder Eden Hazard anonymous they never really looked like doing so against a well-drilled and hard-working Argentina.
Midfielder Ángel Di María had to leave the field during the first half and was replaced by Enzo Pérez.
Argentina will play either Costa Rica or the Netherlands, who meet in the last quarter-final later today.