World Cup 2014: Angry Belgium Coach Derides 'Ordinary' Argentina

Argentina beat Belgium 1-0 in the quarters to reach semis for the fourth time.

Updated: July 06, 2014 02:13 IST
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Argentina celebrate after beating Belgium in the FIFA World Cup quarters


Belgium coach Marc Wilmots branded Argentina "a very ordinary team with one extraordinary player" after they overcame his side 1-0 in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday. (Highlights)

"I'm not at all impressed by Argentina," Wilmots told a post-match press conference at Brasilia's Mane Garrincha National Stadium. (Match Report)

"They're a very ordinary team with one extraordinary player," he added, in an apparent reference to Argentina captain Lionel Messi.

Belgium struggled to create chances after falling behind to an eighth-minute Gonzalo Higuain goal and Wilmots was unable to disguise his frustration at the outcome of the game.

"We saw Argentina's experience," he said.

"They break the rhythm, they take 40 seconds to take a throw-in, and they're never brought to order by the referee.

"We made some very small mistakes, but we learnt a lot tonight. We're very disappointed, everyone is very down, but I'm very proud of the boys."

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