Argentina will take the field against Belgium in the World Cup at 12:00 PM ET today.
Television coverage is available on ESPN2 and ABC. Radio coverage is on ESPN Affiliates or check your local sports station.
The match will be streamed live online on ESPN3, on ESPN Player throughout most of Europe (excluding Italy), the Middle East, Africa, South America (excluding Brazil, Chile and Mexico) and Australasia (excluding Australia and New Zealand), and ITV.
Argentina will have to rely on the strong performance of star Lionel Messi, who assisted teammate Angel Di Maria in extra minutes against Switzerland. Messi showed to the world that he is not a one dimensional player.
Argentina has the experience to trample their opponents. Pablo Zabaleta and Javier Mascherano are key ingredients. In addition, Ezequiel Garay can lift up the team with his capacity to score goals. The three players have plenty of games together and they displayed toughness in the exta-time against Switzerland.
Belgium is not a pushover team. It was not accidental that Belgium defeated United States in the Round of 16. The Belgians have the young legs to overpower their opponents. Striker Divock Origi is one of the key players. Youngsters like Kevin De Bruyne can help the team because of Origi’s speed and endurance.
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will have to be aggressive in denying the offensive attacks of Messi. He is the key component to stop the offense of the Argentinians. If he can save multiple shots, especially in the crucial moments, then, the Belgians will advance to the semi-finals.
Which will bring a team into the semi-finals: experience or youth? What is your prediction in this FiFa World Cup 2014 match?