Argentina defeated Belgium, 1-0, in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 World Cup.
The win marked the first time the Argentinians clinched a spot in the semifinals since 1990.
Gonzalo Higuain scored the lone goal in the eighth minute on a volley that was created from a deflected shot.
Check below for complete player ratings and analysis for both sides.
|Argentina Player Ratings|
|Player||Half-time Rating||Full-time Rating|
|Angel Di Maria||6.5||6.5|
Sergio Romero: His first major involvement in the game came in the 26th minute, when he saved a shot by De Bruyne.
Pablo Zabaleta: Was not too busy on either side of the pitch in the first 45 minutes.
Martin Demichelis: Completed 88 percent of his 26 passes, and made two effective clearances.
Ezequiel Garay: Headed away a dangerous cross from Vertonghen in the 17th minute.
Jose Basanta: The replacement for Rojo made 30 touches, and completed 83 percent of his passes.
Lucas Biglia: Helped shut down the attacking threat of Hazard in the middle of the pitch.
Javier Mascherano: Made four effective clearances against a dangerous Belgian attack.
Angel Di Maria: His deflected shot ended up at the feet of Higuain in the buildup to the eighth-minute strike. He was taken off in the 33rd minute because of an injury.
Ezequiel Lavezzi: Only made 23 touches in an attack that saw his teammates provide a bigger threat.
Lionel Messi: Carved apart the Belgian defense with a few exquisite passes. He ended the half with a 100 percent pass completion rate.
Gonzalo Higuain: Scored his first goal for Argentina since August 2013 against Italy with a volley into the left side of the net in the eighth minute.
Romero: Only had to make two saves in the victory.
Zabaleta: Was consistent as usual at right-back with four effective clearances, three tackles and two interceptions.
Demichelis: Won three aerial duels in the box against a taller Belgian side.
Garay: Made 11 effective clearances and six interceptions in a back four that was protected well by the two holding midfielders.
Basanta: Faced a few pacy runs by Alderweireld on the right wing, but he never had a real problem with them.
Biglia: Combined well with Mascherano to make Hazard as ineffective as possible, as well as the rest of the Belgian attack.
Mascherano: Eliminated any attacking threat in the middle of the pitch by Belgium for the entire 90 minutes.
Di Maria: Left the match in the first half with an injury.
Lavezzi: Made a charging run forward in the 59th minute, but he had no support and was stopped by a sliding Kompany.
Messi: Did not have many chances on goal himself, but he did play the role of creator for his teammates on numerous occasions.
Higuain: Had a chance to put his team ahead by two goals in the 55th minute with a shot that hit the crossbar. His biggest shot on target was his eighth-minute goal.
Enzo Perez: Was brought on for the injured Di Maria, which handed his team a third defensive mind in the midfield.
Rodrigo Palacio: Made 16 touches in his 19-minute cameo in place of Lavezzi.
Fernando Gago: Entered the match to provide his side with an extra defensive presence in midfield.
|Belgium Player Ratings|
|Player||Half-time Rating||Full-time Rating|
|Daniel van Buyten||6.5||6.5|
|Kevin De Bruyne||6.5||6|
Thibaut Courtois: Could not do much on the Higuain goal.
Toby Alderweireld: His influence moving forward on the right wing was silenced by the Argentinian threat moving down the same side of the pitch.
Daniel van Buyten: Made three effective clearances and two tackles at center-back.
Vincent Kompany: Made a few key blocks on Di Maria as Argentina pressed forward throughout the half.
Jan Vertonghen: Was able to make a few runs down the left wing in an attempt to spur the Belgian attack.
Axel Witsel: Along with Fellaini, he had trouble dealing with the pace and skill of Messi.
Marouane Fellaini: Failed to deal with the pace of the Argentinian playmakers.
Kevin De Bruyne: Forced Romero into a diving save in the 26th minute.
Kevin Mirallas: Had a header fly wide of the goal in the 41st minute.
Eden Hazard: Was silenced by the Argentinian defense for the entire half.
Divock Origi: Made just nine touches up front for the Red Devils.
Courtois: Was not forced into many saves, but was saved by the post on Higuain's 55th-minute shot.
Alderweireld: Had a ton of trouble with the Argentinian attack on the left wing, and he earned a yellow card in the 68th minute for a late challenge.
Van Buyten: Stood in front of a Higuain shot in the 51st minute to deny a shot that may have beaten Courtois.
Kompany: Was a rock in defense against an Argentina side that brought upon threat after threat in the final third.
Vertonghen: Made a small impact moving forward on the left, but he was more effective in the first half.
Witsel: Skied a shot over the bar in the final minute of play.
Fellaini: Flew above Basanta in the 61st minute for a headed chance that went high over the goal.
De Bruyne: Finally made an influence in the 85th minute when he earned a late corner kick.
Mirallas: His headed chance late in the first half was his only contribution to the Belgian attack.
Hazard: Exited the match in the 75th minute after being shut down by the duo of Mascherano and Biglia all day.
Origi: Made only 10 touches in 59 minutes on the pitch.
Romelu Lukaku: Forced the Argentinian defense into a bit of trouble with his physical play after entering in the 59th minute.
Dries Mertens: Made only 19 touches, and attempted nine passes, in his 30 minutes of play.
Nacer Chadli: Had a chance to put a shot on goal in the 89th minute, but it went right into the arms of Romero.
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All statistics obtained from WhoScored.com.
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