World Cup Predictions Argentina vs Belgium: 'FIFA 14' Simulates Winner Of Tight Quarterfinal Match

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Jul 05, 2014 12:30 PM EDT
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The group stages have concluded and the second round is over in one of the most exciting and high-scoring World Cups ever held. The Quarterfinals kicked off yesterday with two huge matches, and today's teams are ready to go.

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As has been the case through the tournament, I have been simulating the fixtures using FIFA 14's World Cup mode, which is updated to reflect the form and performances of each squad. I've also looked at the game's ratings for each team and ranked the top four national sides remaining according to their overall score.

Yesterday's games are done and dusted, with Germany taking a 1-0 win over an uninspired French side and Brazil defeating Colombia while losing Neymar to injury. Argentina and Belgium are fighting it out for a spot in the Semifinals, and FIFA 14 predicts the South American side will walk away victorious on penalties.

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The scoring began in the first half, when Di Maria converted a pass from inside the box in the 36th minute. Both sides were held scoreless until Fellaini equalized for Belgium with only five minutes to play, sending the game into extra time. That would prove the key for Belgium, as substitute Lukaku was able to grab a late goal as he did against the U.S., but his team couldn't hold on. Argentina scored again with just two minutes remaining through Biglia, sending the game to penalties and winning 6-5 in the shootout.

This match is one of the toughest to call so far, as both sides have been inconsistent and saved their wins until late in previous matches. Higuain is already on the score sheet in the real-life game, but it remains to be seen if Belgium will equalize like in the sim. My simulation featured two AI-controlled sides on Legendary difficulty facing off against one another, using the squads expected to start the game--tune in to the game to see if FIFA 14 got this one right.

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