Another South American country will try and punch its ticket into the 2014 World Cup semifinals as Argentina battles Belgium (Belgica) in a match that will be televised on Univision (TV schedule) and live streaming at Univision Deportes (en vivo online). TV and live stream start times for this quarter-final showdown are slated for 12 p.m. Eastern Time from Estádio Nacional de Brasilia, Brasília – English-speaking soccer fans can also watch the action live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.
According to a July 5 (Bleacher Report) tactical preview, Lionel Messi’s ability to single-handedly win ballgames has unfortunately become Argentina’s biggest vice in this 2014 FIFA World Cup. With four goals and one assist, the three-time Ballon d’Or winner has silenced critics who contend he couldn’t perform on the World Cup stage.
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The question now becomes: How will the Argentines fare in a match in which Belgium’s defensive scheme will be built around containing the greatest player on the planet? This is certainly a match that no soccer/futbol/football fan can afford to miss. Tune to Univision at 11:30 a.m. ET for the pre-match Spanish show, or simply click on the following link to launch Univision Deportes’ (online) live stream: Argentina vs. Belgica en vivo 2014 Copa Mundial de Futbol Cuartos de Finales.
From Belgium’s perspective, a FIFA.com report reveals how defender Jan Vertonghen is confident Los Diables Rogues can shutdown the Barça striker and advance to the FIFA World Cup semifinals. Statistics certainly support that theory, as Messi comes into this match responsible for four of the seven Albicelestes’ goals in the tournament.
"I think Messi has been outstanding so far in this tournament. He has been their main man," Vertonghen said at a recent press conference. "But if we defend like we did in our previous matches we will stop him, (Sergio) Aguero, (Angel) Di Maria and (Gonzalo) Higuain. I'm convinced of that."
For what it’s worth, 2014 FIFA World Cup oddsmakers still believe the South Americans will prevail in this matchup. Moments removed from kickoff, Argentina is listed as -105 favorites to defeat Belgium (Belgica) and their +300 chances of an upset. The OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 2½ goals in this one, and the chances that there will be a draw after 90 minutes are calculated at +240.
Argentinean and Belgium fans around the world cannot afford to miss what is sure to be an exciting chess match between these inter-continental rivals. Tune to Univision (or ESPN) TV at the aforementioned TV start time of 12 p.m. ET or simply click on the link provided above to launch the free Univision Deportes En Vivo live stream of Argentina vs. Belgica (click here for ESPN3’s English live stream: Belgium vs. Argentina).