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Higuan Blasts Argentina Into Semis

Higuan Blasts Argentina Into Semis

Gonzalo Higuain’s stunning strike sent Argentina into the semi-finals of the World Cup at the expense of Belgium, as Alejandro Sabella’s men ran out 1-0 winners in Brasilia.

Much has been made of Argentina’s reliance on mercurial captain Lionel Messi during the tournament in Brazil, but they proved they are no one-man team with an impressive display in Brasilia on Saturday.

Messi once again led by example as he equalled Diego Maradona’s tally of 91 caps for his country, but it was Higuain who proved to be Argentina’s match-winner with a fine early strike.

The Real Madrid striker also hit the crossbar in the second half as the South American nation produced arguably their best performance of the competition to secure a last-four spot against either the Netherlands or Costa Rica.

Argentina beat Belgium in the semi-finals in 1986 in the last meeting between the two sides, then went on to be crowned world champions, and on this evidence they are capable of repeating that feat for the first time since those finals in Mexico.

The Albiceleste came in for criticism following their disjointed display against Switzerland in the last 16, but started on the front foot and were rewarded when Higuain put them in front with a fine finish on eight minutes.

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