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Argentina vs. Belgium, 2014 World Cup: Live coverage and score updates

It's been 24 years, but Argentina are finally back in the World Cup semifinals after a 1-0 win over Belgium.

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Argentina beat Belgium to reach semifinals

Argentina are into the World Cup semifinals after a narrow victory over a disappointing Belgium.

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Argentina coach goes for a tumble

Gonzalo Higuain almost scored. He didn't. This is how Alejandro Sabella reacted. WHOAAAJHSDFJKHSDF

Argentina's assistant coaches are awful at the falling trust exercise.

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Di Maria out injured

Argentina have already lost one of their biggest stars in Sergio Aguero for the rest of the World Cup, and they'll be hoping their latest injury isn't quite as serious. Angel Di Maria has been forced out of their quarterfinal against Belgium with an injury, with Enzo Perez replacing him in the 34th minute.

Di Maria picked up a knock earlier in the match, but attempted to play on. About 10 minutes after suffering his original injury, Di Maria went down again, and it became clear he couldn't continue. It's not clear what he injured, but the physio staff tried to stretcher him off and he refused, instead deciding to walk off the pitch and sit down on the bench. That'll have fans hopeful that he's not done for the remainder of the tournament.

While his replacement, Perez, is a clear class below, he's also a decent player and a like-for-like switch. Perez started his career as an attacking winger and has been converted to a box-to-box midfielder at Benfica.

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Higuain scores, Argentina lead 1-0

Argentina lead Belgium after just nine minutes of play, thanks to this absolutely gorgeous finish by Gonzalo Higuain.

The pass here isn't the best -- it's actually very lucky, since it bounced off a Belgium defender and was headed nowhere near Higuain -- but it was effective at least. What you don't see here is all of the build-up work Lionel Messi did to create this goal. He dropped really deep to find the ball, then dodged the entire Belgium midfield and made a couple of really impressive turns to keep and advance the ball.

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Argentina vs. Belgium: Lineups

Both Argentina and Belgium have made changes for their World Cup quarterfinal meeting.

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Underperformers clash as Argentina meet Belgium

Neither Argentina nor Belgium have lived up to expectations at the World Cup, though they clash over a place in the semifinals on Saturday.

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