World Cup 2014 TV schedule: Who to watch Saturday, July 5

We're down to the final group of quarterfinalists in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, including Argentina and the Netherlands.

By , Staff

  • close
    The Netherlands' Arjen Robben celebrates after the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Sunday, June 29, 2014.
    View Caption

Half of the 2014 FIFA World Cup semifinal field is set. Today, the other two semifinal teams will earn the right to keep playing next week.

At noon Eastern time, former champion Argentina takes on Belgium at Estadio Nacional in Brasilia.

Lionel Messi is one of the candidates for both the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards in this year's World Cup, honoring the best player and top scorer respectively. Messi has scored four goals in four matches for Argentina, which is undefeated so far in the tournament.

Recommended: 2014 World Cup: Are you a true soccer fan? Take the quiz

Belgium, coming off an extra-time win over the United States, is not lacking in confidence as they head into this quarterfinal match. Red Devil players and their coach alike feel Argentina is perhaps too reliant on their superstar striker, Messi.

“We are not favorites against Argentina but there is a lack of balance in their team,” Belgium head coach Marc Wilmots told The Independent. “We will make sure we play well against a stronger opponent. I do not worry about what happened in the past and I certainly don’t think it will happen again.”

These two countries met in the semifinals of the 1986 World Cup, where Argentina, led by striker Diego Maradona, beat the Belgians on their way to the championship.

This match will be televised on ABC, ESPN2, and Univision.

The Netherlands meets surprising Costa Rica at 4 p.m. Eastern time at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.

The Costa Rican squad, nicknamed "Los Ticos," have taken this tournament and their countrymen by storm, defeating Greece in extra time to reach the quarterfinals for the first time ever. During group play, Costa Rica defeated former champion Italy and Uruguay and tied England to reach the Round of 16.

Zach Dyer reports for The Christian Science Monitor that a win over the Dutch would provide a huge psychological boost to the Central American nation.

Costa Rica is led by young star in the making, Joel Campbell, who has a goal and an assist so far in the 2014 World Cup. Bryan Ruiz leads the team in scoring with two goals.

On the other side, the Netherlands has been here before, reaching the World Cup quarterfinals five times in the past, including the 2010 tournament in South Africa.

The unbeaten Dutch are led by the dynamic duo of Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie, who have scored three goals each in this World Cup.

This match will be televised on ESPN and Univision.

Share this story:
 
 
Make a Difference
Inspired? Here are some ways to make a difference on this issue.
Follow Stories Like This
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.
 

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...