Ruthless Higuain sinks toothless Devils: how Stats Zone saw Argentina 1-0 Belgium

Belgium and Argentina faced off in what promised to be a monumental quarter-final in the Brazilian capital. The Red Devils were on the cusp of reaching only their second ever World Cup semi-final, but to do that they'd have to get past Lionel Messi & Co. Argentina were yet to produce their best form in the tournament, but knew they had an excellent opportunity to reach the semi-finals and even the final for the first time in over 20 years.

However, they had to overcome a couple of personnel problems even before kick-off. Sergio Aguero was deemed unfit to start once again and Marcos Rojo was suspended, resulting in a rare appearance for Jose Maria Basanta, the 30-year-old defender who plies his trade with Monterrey in Mexico. Two further amendments to the spine of the team, Lucas Biglia and Martin Demichelis replacing Fernando Gago and Federico Fernandez, meant this was a much-changed side for the Argentines.

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Huw was on the FourFourTwo staff from 2009 to 2015, ultimately as the magazine's Managing Editor, before becoming a freelancer and moving to Wales. As a writer, editor and tragic statto, he still contributes regularly to FFT in print and online, though as a match-going #WalesAway fan, he left a small chunk of his brain on one of many bus journeys across France in 2016.