Posts Tagged Argentina

Mascherano, Argentina’s captain without an armband

Argentina's Javier Mascherano gestures at the start of a news conference in Vespesiano, near Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Sunday, July 6, 2014. The sign reads in Spanish "one country." Argentina will face Netherlands on their semifinal match of the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament on July 9 in Sao Paulo.(AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Copa America, 2011: Argentina’s Javier Mascherano hands the captain’s armband to Lionel Messi after being sent off late in regulation time in the quarterfinal against Uruguay. Argentina loses the ensuing penalty shootout as the host nation is eliminated from the tournament.

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Dribblers Messi and Robben face off in semifinal

Argentina's Lionel Messi and teammates celebrate at the end of the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and Belgium at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. Argentina won 1-0. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The World Cup’s best dribblers — Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben — face off when Argentina and Netherlands meet in the semifinals.

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Belgium falls short at World Cup

Exhausted US players lie on the ground as Belgium's Axel Witsel (6) celebrates at the end of the extra time during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Belgium and the USA at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Belgium held on to beat US 2-1 in extra time.(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Belgium may have reached the quarterfinals of its first World Cup for a dozen years, but coach Marc Wilmots and his players will return home from Brazil with a sense of unfulfilled promise.

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Di Maria injury setback for Argentina at World Cup

Argentina's Angel di Maria lies on the ground injured as referee Nicola Rizzoli from Italy requests a stretcher to take him off the pitch during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and Belgium at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. At left is Belgium's Axel Witsel and at right, Argentina's Lucas Biglia.(AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — One step away from a potential World Cup final, Argentina is hoping for Angel Di Maria to recover from a thigh injury in time for Wednesday’s semifinal clash against Netherlands.

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Messi guides Argentina into semis, Dutch scrape in

Argentina's Lionel Messi (10) and his teammates celebrate following their 1-0 victory over Belgium to advance to the semifinals after the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Argentines didn’t need a late winner from Lionel Messi this time, settling in to protect a 1-0 margin against Belgium that earned them a first trip to the World Cup semifinals in 24 years.

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