Well that was a bit of a dull game. Similar to Germany’s game against France yesterday.
Argentina got it done against Belgium winning 1-0 after Gonzalo Higuain scored a goal eight minutes in after getting a bit of a lucky deflection/pass that went off a Belgian defender.
Credit where credit is due, Argentina held on. Belgium didn’t get very many significant chances all game due to Argentina’s stingy defense. The only bright light for Belgium was Vincent Kompany’s remarkable defending. Even Eden Hazard got pulled off the field and subbed around the 70th minute.
Before the game I picked Argentina to win barely just like they have all tournament. It may be ugly, but a win is a win. This team looks a lot better than the one that was coached by Maradona and thrashed by Germany in the last world cup 4-0 in the quarter finals.
Di Maria went out with an apparent injury around 15 minutes in but he should be fine, it did not look serious. If he plays, Higuain gets going, Messi is Messi, and their defense keeps playing well, this team may have a chance against Netherlands (assuming Netherlands beats Costa Rica, which they should).
Belgium, just like Colombia, should not be upset with their performance this world cup. They had to have been one of the highest placing Belgian squads in recent memory. They also got a very young squad. Once they get more experience they may be the team to beat in the next Euro cup in 2016 or the next world cup in Russia in 2018.