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Van Buyten & Co fall in quarters

The World Cup adventure is over for Daniel van Buyten and his Belgium team-mates. The Red Devils were narrowly beaten by the only goal of the game against two-time world champions Argentina in Brasilia on Saturday afternoon and missed out on a place in the last four. The 68,551 crowd saw Gonzalo Higuain score an eighth-minute winner for La Albiceleste, who featured former Munich stalwart Martin Demichelis for the first time at the finals in Brazil and completed a workmanlike win to reach the semi-finals for the first time since 1990.

Quote of the day

“It was like being on a barbecue. That’s when you appreciate for the first time what a remarkable beast the cactus is for not shrivelling up in the heat.“
(Bayern star Thomas Müller on Friday following Germany’s World Cup quarter-final victory over France in Rio de Janeiro).