Argentina beats Belgium 1-0 to reach semis

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Argentina beats Belgium 1-0 to reach semis
Argentina players celebrate after the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and Belgium at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. Argentina won the match 1-0. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Belgium's Axel Witsel, left, gets to a header above Argentina's Lionel Messi during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and Belgium at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Argentina's Lionel Messi is defended by Belgium's Toby Alderweireld during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne clears the ball ahead of Argentina's Rodrigo Palacio during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and Belgium at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Argentina's Lionel Messi leaps the catch a pass during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and Belgium at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Argentina's Lionel Messi skips over the challenge of Belgium's Toby Alderweireld during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and Belgium at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Argentina's Lucas Biglia, left, and Ezequiel Garay challenge Belgium's Marouane Fellaini during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and Belgium at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Argentina's Ezequiel Garay tackles Belgium's Romelu Lukaku during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and Belgium at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Argentina's Rodrigo Palacio wins a header during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and Belgium at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Argentina's Jose Maria Basanta, left, is challenged by Belgium's Eden Hazard during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and Belgium at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Belgium's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois looks as a shot goes out past the post during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and Belgium at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Belgium's Vincent Kompany backs away as goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois dives on a wide shot by Argentina's Ezequiel Garay during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain, top left, fires a shot and hit the bar during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and Belgium at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Francois Xavier Marit, Pool)
Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain, right, and Belgium's Vincent Kompany fight for the ball during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and Belgium at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) - Gonzalo Higuain's first goal of this World Cup sent Argentina into the semifinals on Saturday with a 1-0 win over a disappointing Belgium.

Argentina, which hadn't advanced past the World Cup quarterfinals since 1990, put in its best performance so far in the tournament, controlling the match after Higuain's eighth minute goal.

The Napoli striker fired home Angel Di Maria's deflected pass just inside the area, beating Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois with a low shot to the far corner of the net.

Higuain came close to making it 2-0 in the second half when his shot smashed into the crossbar.

Belgium lacked the creativity to find a way past Argentina's defensive line, and created few clear chances apart from a pair of headers by Kevin Mirallas and Marouane Fellaini.

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