• World Cup 2014

Higuain fires Argentina into semi-finals

ESPN staff
July 5, 2014
Gonzalo Higuain fires in the only goal of the game to send Argentina into the World Cup semi-finals © Getty Images

Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain fired Argentina into the semi-finals of the World Cup with the only goal of a tight game against Belgium in Brasilia.

The goal came after eight minutes, with Higuain turning sharply on the edge of the box after a pass from club-mate Angel di Maria deflected into his path, and the resulting shot left Thibaut Courtois stranded in the Belgium goal.

The match had few other clear-cut chances, with Higuain himself having the next best opportunity early in the second half, which he carved out for himself with a superb dribble before hitting a shot off the top of the crossbar.

Courtois made a superb one-on-one stop when Lionel Messi burst clean through in stoppage time, while Romelu Lukaku had a half-chance at the other end that could have forced the game into extra time.

It means Argentina qualify for the last four of the World Cup for the first time since 1990, where they defeated Italy on penalties before losing to West Germany in a controversial final. It also means the prospect of an all-South American final remains, with Brazil facing Germany in the other semi-final.

Full report to follow.

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