If the Belgians are going to lose it will be thanks to someone not named Messi.
Then a smidgen of hope appeared on the Albiceleste horizon in the form of forward Angel di Maria.
Two time world champion Argentina are in this quarterfinal Saturday in Brasilia against Belgium only because Messi has been other worldly in terms of responding to clutch situations.
But the longer this tournament goes the less freedom the No. 10 is going to have to do his thing. That why Argentina is desperate to have someone else step up and do something to relieve the pressure on the best player in the world.
But until Argentina Round of 16 game against Switzerland, no one had stepped up.
Di Maria must contribute because Belgium is a much better team than any other Argentina has met thus far.
He wasn very successful until facing Switzerland. De Maria was a shooting machine as the Swiss surrounded Messi with three or four players. Late in the game, Messi sprung di Maria with a pass that di Maria converted into the winning goal.
might be picked out by the international press as the star of the squad, but what I see is that Belgium are a block who don't depend on the performances of a single player, Wilmots said.
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Argentina needs a hero not named Messi
Argentina can only hope that history repeats itself.
The last time Belgium and Argentina played in a World Cup was the 1986 edition in Mexico. The two faced each other in the semifinals with Argentina winning 2 0. Argentina would eventually go on to win the tournament.
Argentinean team. Paired with Messi, he was the man supposed to ease the pressure on the team superstar.
Like Argentina, Belgium struggled to get into the quarterfinals. They defeated the United States 2 1 in extra time.
their reliance on one player and someone else needs to step up.
If you don think that the case, Belgium coach Marc Wilmots said he was going to exploit Argentina of balance. Argentina was expecting to get plenty of goals from their big attacking force of Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, di Maria and Messi, they haven exactly blown anyone away.
Not surprisingly Diego Maradona, a man who has never missed an opportunity to give his opinion on anything, warned Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella the team is headed for a because of Nike Wedge Sneakers Black Leather
Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens and Kevin De Bruyne have also yet round to top form for Belgium.
For once, Maradona is right.
But Belgium is going to be a difficult hill to Nike Shoes New Arrivals 2017
As the World Cup nears completion, there no question FIFA and many other are getting excited Shoes Nike Online Shop about the idea of an Argentina Brazil final.
Argentina hopes the goal will give di Maria confidence going forward.
Brazilians don much care whether they see Argentina or not as long as Brazil is there. But to have the two teams with the greatest history of soccer in South America play a World Cup final within the continent would be the ultimate closing chapter to this tournament story.
But unlike Argentina, the Belgians dominated the Americans throughout the match, creating chance after chance. Belgium should have won the game easily.
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