BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — One step divided from a intensity World Cup final, Argentina is anticipating for Angel Di Maria to redeem from a thigh damage in time for Wednesday’s semifinal strife opposite Netherlands.
The Real Madrid winger stretched a behind of his right thigh in Argentina’s 1-0 win over Belgium, and was to bear medical tests on Sunday to learn a border of a injury.
Losing Di Maria would be a large blow for Argentina as it prepares for a initial World Cup semifinal given 1990. Besides Lionel Messi, he’s been Argentina’s many successful actor in Brazil.
Di Maria scored a extra-time leader opposite Switzerland in a second turn and set adult Gonzalo Higuain’s winning idea in a initial half opposite Belgium on Saturday.
“He’s a pivotal actor in this project,” Higuain pronounced of Di Maria. “We wish that he will be prepared as shortly as probable since we know what he does for a team.”
Coach Alejandro Sabella called Di Maria “vital” to Argentina, that is already blank striker Sergio Aguero due to injury.
Sabella also praised Messi’s opening opposite Belgium, even yet he didn’t score. The four-time universe actor of a year started a pierce that resulted in Higuain’s goal, pirouetting past dual Belgium players before giving a turn to Di Maria whose pass deflected off a defender into Higuain’s path.
“Messi, we feel that he played a smashing compare since it is not usually scoring goals,” Sabella said. “It is bringing together 3 opponents and to see if we can give a turn to a teammate to pierce brazen in a pitch. Every pierce he creates is a pointer of wish for us and it endangers a opponent.”
The final time Argentina reached a semifinal theatre in a World Cup was 24 years ago in Italy, when it done it to a final though mislaid 1-0 to West Germany.
Sabella pronounced being among a final 4 was a “minimum” that Argentina approaching out of this World Cup after being separated in a quarterfinals in dual uninterrupted tournaments.
With Messi — a four-time universe actor of a year— during a primary of his career, a nation was perfectionist some-more in Brazil. But notwithstanding a comparatively easy draw, Argentina scraped by with slight wins in a organisation theatre and indispensable additional time to kick Switzerland in a second round.
Sabella done dual pivotal changes to a lineup opposite Belgium, fielding Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis for a initial time in Brazil, and carrying Lucas Biglia reinstate Fernando Gago in a midfield.
“You always wish to play,” Demichelis said. “I was display a lot of heart in use and attempted to get to a place where we would get called up.”
The moves bolstered Argentina’s defense, with Biglia and Javier Mascherano dropping behind to assistance strengthen a early lead.
With left behind Marcos Rojo returning from cessation Argentina’s invulnerability should be in even improved figure for a semifinal. However, a conflict is firm to humour if Di Maria can't redeem in time.
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