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World Cup 2014: Quarter Finals Preview IBTimes UK

Argentina will take on Belgium in the quarter-finals of the 2014 Fifa World Cup at Estadio Nacional de Brasilia, Brasilia on Saturday.

Where to Watch Live

The kick-off is set for 5pm BST. Live coverage is on ITV and ITV HD. Live Radio commentary will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.


Argentina will have to improve on their performance against Switzerland to have a good chance of winning the quarter final against Belgium. The Albiceleste have depended completely on their captain and talisman Lionel Messi to lead them to victory in all their games. This could be detrimental to them and could finally hurt them against the Belgians.

Alejandro Sabella will hope that Messi's good form continues and the other forward players join him. Angel Di Maria rose to the occasion against Switzerland, similarly lots will be expected from Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Sabella will have to make do without Marcos Rojo, as the left-back is suspended after he picked up his second booking of the season.

Meanwhile, Belgium who also needed extra-time to beat the USA showed plenty of attacking prowess in that game. The much-fancied dark horses of the World Cup will fancy a win against the South American giants.

Marc Wilmots has some good news ahead of the game with Thomas Vermaelen back in contention after recovering from his injury. Also, striker Romelu Lukaku's return to form will be a massive boost for the Belgians.

What Managers Say

Alejandro Sabella (Argentina): "It was a game that we deserved to win in 90 minutes. It was even during a first half in which they had two clear chances to score, but in the second half we were clearly superior, we had five or six shots at goal and in extra time we also had more chances."

Marc Wilmots (Belgium): "For once, we're not favourites, but we want to win. That's all the matters. We're going to make sure that we play well against a strong team, but everybody is a strong team at this level and every detail will make a difference. They play with five defenders, so we will have to be creative. I have everything in my head already, don't worry."


Argentina 1 - 2 Belgium

Betting Odds (Bwin)

Argentina: 6/5

Belgium: 12/5

Draw: 9/4

Team Form


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W W W
  • Last Result: Argentina 1 – 0 Switzerland (a.e.t)


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W W W
  • Last Result: Belgium 2 – 1 USA (a.e.t)

Team News


  • Injured: Sergio Aguero (Leg)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: Marcos Rojo

Probable Lineup: Romero; Rodriguez, Garay, Fernandez, Zabaleta; Mascherano, Gago; Lavezzi, Di Maria, Messi, Higuain.


  • Injured: Mousa Dembele (Thigh)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Courtois; Vermaelen, Kompany, van Buyten, Alderweireld; A. Witsel, Fellaini, Hazard, De Bruyne, Mertens; Lukaku