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ESPN FC Posted by ESPN staff
Jul 5, 2014

Wilmots unimpressed by Argentina

Argentina kept their one-goal lead against a high-powered Belgium offense and will meet Germany in the semifinals.

Belgium boss Marc Wilmots dismissed Argentina as an "ordinary team" despite his side's 1-0 defeat in the teams' World Cup quarterfinal in Brasilia.

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An early Gonzalo Higuain goal put Argentina in control and Belgium were unable to find a way back into the game, but Wilmots said Alejandro Sabella's team had taken a negative approach.

"We were not impressed by the Argentinians," he said. "They were just an ordinary team. They can distort the rhythm -- they take 30 seconds to take a throw-in and the referee doesn't do anything.

"They had the goal, and [Lionel] Messi was one-on-one with [Thibaut] Courtois at the end, but how many shots have they had? If I played that way I would have been destroyed by the Belgium press.

"They didn't give us any space, this was a World Cup quarterfinal and their extra experience probably counted for something."

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Wilmots also claimed that Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli had gone easy on Messi during the game.

"I don't want to be a cry baby, but every time there is a little foul it was always in favour of Argentina," he said. "Every time something happens with Messi, the referee gives him a free kick.

"I notice he made three fouls and no yellow card; we made one foul and one yellow card."

Higuain's goal came when Belgium centre-back Vincent Kompany was caught out of position, allowing the Napoli striker to smash the ball into the corner of the net on the turn.

Wilmots added: "We make a small, small mistake -- Vincent comes out of position and they score.

"I'm very proud of the boys. I have told them: 'You guys are the youngest of all the last-eight teams.' There was a great deal of emotion, some of my staff were crying in the dressing room, because there is so much passion."

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