Lionel Messi did it again on July 1 when he assisted in extra time to set up the game-winning goal for Argentina. Now he’ll try to move his country into the final four against Belgium, the talented squad that broke Team USA’s heart. Watch the exciting World Cup game on the live stream below!
The 2014 World Cup is getting tight — only the best remain. The second day of quarterfinal play is serving up two excellent matches on July 5. First up, soccer superhero Lionel Messi will lead Argentina against the undeniably solid team from Beligum — and you can watch all the action on the live stream below.
World Cup Live Stream 2014 — Watch Argentina Vs. Belgium
Lionel Messi has been the end-all, be-all for Argentina in this tournament. His four goals led them out of the group stage, and he had an immense impact on their Round of 16 match against Switzerland on July 1.
Even with the Swiss keeping Messi off the scoreboard, he still found a way to plunge a dagger into their World Cup hopes. With just minutes left in extra time, after racking up chance after chance, Messi cruised into the penalty box and threw everyone for a loop by passing to Angel di Maria. The wide open forward took the ball in stride and assuredly ripped it into the back of the net to give Argentina the lead, and the win.
Messi is going to need to be this sort of playmaking factor against Belgium today. So far he’s been up to the task — and he’s without a doubt been the most dynamic player in the World Cup.
Lionel Messi Vs. The Brawny Belgians
But if anyone’s going to stop him, it just might be the Belgians. Team Belgium has been praised this tournament for their talented attacking core, but it’s their defense that has helped them get this far. In four games so far, they’ve given up just two goals.
They’ve also mastered the art of timely scoring. All of their goals have been scored after the 70th minute, and they’ve all been absolute daggers to their opponents. Their two late goals sealed the comeback against Algeria, they scored goals in the 88th and 78th minutes to win against Russia and South Korea, and obviously they netted two goals in extra time against the United States game to win that one 2-1.
With every match Belgium’s played in being decided by just one goal, you could say that they haven’t been dominant. But they’ve won. That’s all that matters. Against Messi though, they may want to think about scoring a little earlier in the game.
Watch this intense face-off today, July 5, starting at 12:00 p.m. ET by tuning into the live stream above! (Note: to watch the World Cup on ESPN you must have a cable subscription.)
— Andrew Gruttadaro