Argentina 1-0 Belgium: Argentina become even more reliant on Messi

July 6, 2014
Argentina 1-0 Belgium: Argentina become even more reliant on Messi

In their fifth World Cup game, Argentina recorded their fifth one-goal victory.

Alejandro Sabella was without Marcos Rojo so brought in Jose Basanta at left-back, and replaced Federico Fernandez and Fernando Gago with Martin Demichelis and Lucas Biglia.

Marc Wilmots played Kevin Mirallas rather than Dries Mertens on the right flank, but otherwise the side was as expected.

Belgium remain a group of individuals, while Argentina play to the strengths of one individual.
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Brazil 2-1 Colombia: Brazil prevail in a very aggressive game

July 5, 2014
Brazil 2-1 Colombia: Brazil prevail in a very aggressive game

Goals from both centre-backs put Brazil into the semi-finals. Read more »

Germany 1-0 France: Germany get the better of the midfield battle

July 5, 2014
Germany 1-0 France: Germany get the better of the midfield battle

Mats Hummels’ early header from a Toni Kroos free-kick was the difference in a peculiarly tame, flat contest. Read more »

Belgium 2-1 USA: Belgium dominate but take ages to make the breakthrough

July 3, 2014
Belgium 2-1 USA: Belgium dominate but take ages to make the breakthrough

USA put up a brilliant fight in extra-time, but Belgium had been the superior side for the majority. Read more »

Argentina 1-0 Switzerland (AET): Switzerland concentrate on stopping Messi

July 3, 2014
Argentina 1-0 Switzerland (AET): Switzerland concentrate on stopping Messi

In a very enjoyable World Cup second round, this was surely the least exciting game. Everything went through Leo Messi, and he eventually assisted the winning goal. Read more »

Miroslav Klose: the last poacher?

July 2, 2014
Miroslav Klose: the last poacher?

Ordinarily, a striker surpassing the all-time World Cup goalscoring record would be the major story of the day, but Miroslav Klose’s 16th goal came in Germany’s historic 7-1 thrashing of Brazil – so it was nothing more than a subplot. Read more »