Jul 5, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Estadio Nacional de Brasilia, Brasilia
Argentina
1-0
Belgium
Higuain (8')
Biglia (75')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Hazard (53'), Alderweireld (68')

Alejandro Sabella admits Lionel Messi dependence

Lionel Messi celebrates with Argentina teammates Angel Di Maria and Marcos Rojo after opening the scoring against Nigeria in their World Cup Group F match on June 25, 2014
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Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella says that his side are not a one-man team but admits that Lionel Messi is key to their aspirations.

Alejandro Sabella has admitted that his Argentina team heavily depend on the magic of Lionel Messi, but insisted that they are not a one-man team.

The Barcelona ace has hit four World Cup goals thus far to help La Albiceleste top Group F, before bagging a crucial assist in Tuesday's dramatic extra-time win over Switzerland.

Sabella's side face Belgium in the quarter-final on Saturday but, despite conceding that a player of Messi's quality will always take centre stage, the 59-year-old insists that he has more than one string to his bow.

"Messi dependence? Any team that has a player like Messi will depend on him," the Argentina coach said at a press conference.

"The fact that he is doing what he has been doing shows that he is the best in the world, but there's more to this team.

"Against Switzerland, [Rodrigo] Palacio was the one who won the ball in midfield before he set up Messi ahead of the goal. Without Palacio, we would not have scored that goal."

Tomorrow's clash kicks off at 5pm.

Jan Vertonghen of Belgium celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group H match between South Korea and Belgium at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 26, 2014
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