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World Cup live blog: July 5

The quarterfinals conclude with Argentina vs. Belgium at noon Eastern time, followed by the Netherlands vs. Costa Rica at 4 p.m.

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Belgium vs. Argentina: Starting Lineups

We’re about 45 minutes away from kickoff of Belgium vs. Argentina, the first of two quarterfinal matches today. Click here for a preview of today’s games. Lineups for the first game are below.

Scott Allen
July 5, 11:18 am
  • Scott Allen July 5, 11:18 am

50 random thoughts on the World Cup

If you’re not already, follow the Post’s Soccer Insider, Steven Goff, on Twitter, and check out his 50 random thoughts on the World Cup.

Scott Allen
July 5, 11:32 am
  • Scott Allen July 5, 11:32 am

Appreciating Messi's brilliance

Interesting comparison of the two Argentine greats. Will Messi add to his total today?

Scott Allen
July 5, 11:38 am
  • Scott Allen July 5, 11:38 am

Ronaldo takes exception with hit on Neymar

“There was an intention by the Colombia player to actually cause some harm,” Brazilian legend Ronaldo said of the hit that resulted in a fractured vertebra for Brazil’s young star Neymar.

Scott Allen
July 5, 11:41 am
  • Scott Allen July 5, 11:41 am

Belgium vs. Argentina is underway

(Christophe Simon/Getty)

(Christophe Simon/Getty)

(Kirsty Wigglesworth/Getty)

(Kirsty Wigglesworth/Getty)

Scott Allen
July 5, 12:01 pm
  • Scott Allen July 5, 12:01 pm

Argentina with game's first good chance

Ezequiel Lavezzi got free down the left side, but his centering pass into the box was cleared away. Messi isn’t the only weapon for Argentina.

Scott Allen
July 5, 12:04 pm
  • Scott Allen July 5, 12:04 pm

Argentina takes 1-0 lead on goal by Higuain

After a Belgium giveaway at midfield, Gonzalo Higuain drilled a beautiful volley past Thibault Cortois to give Argentina a 1-0 lead in the 9th minute.

Scott Allen
July 5, 12:11 pm
  • Scott Allen July 5, 12:11 pm

A look at how Higuain's goal happened

Scott Allen
July 5, 12:14 pm
  • Scott Allen July 5, 12:14 pm

Tough task for the Red Devils

Belgium faces a rare deficit and the Argentinian fans in the crowd are loving it.

Scott Allen
July 5, 12:15 pm
  • Scott Allen July 5, 12:15 pm

Beautiful photo of Higuain's goal

Gonzalo Higuain’s volley split two Belgium defenders and found the back of the net.

(Evaristo Sa/Getty)

(Evaristo Sa/Getty)

Scott Allen
July 5, 12:19 pm
  • Scott Allen July 5, 12:19 pm
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