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Lionel Messi, Argentina move a step closer to World Cup title
Lionel Messi, Argentina move a step closer to World Cup title

Now that Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and James Rodriguez have all gone home and Brazil's Neymar has gone to the hospital, this World Cup belongs to Argentina's Lionel Messi. Nobody knows that better than Belgium, which pushed, pummeled and otherwise punished Messi for most of Saturday afternoon, only to see Argentina and its unflappable captain emerge with a 1-0 victory in Brasilia that sends them on to Wednesday's semifinal. "Messi is the star player, the star striker," said Belgium Coach Marc Wilmots. "Everybody knows he's an extraordinary player. He showed his ability today to control the ball and give his teammates a break." Argentina got the only goal it needed from Gonzalo...

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