• Saturday, August 02, 2014

'Argentina an ordinary team'

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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.
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."
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 Vincent Kompany was caught out of position, allowing the Napoli striker to smash the ball into the corner of the net.
Wilmots added: "We make a small, small mistake -- Vincent comes out of position and they score."

Published: 12:00 am Monday, July 07, 2014

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