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Fabian Biastoch

Fabian Biastoch

Golden Boot: Messi misses chance to close on Rodriguez

Tags: Argentina, Brazil, colombia, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Holland, Sony Handycam ®, Spain

Lionel Messi helped Argentina reach their first World Cup semi-final in 24 years as they defeated Belgium 1-0.

Argentina v Belgium: Quarter Final - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

However, it was Gonzalo Higuain who netted the all important goal for Argentina meaning Messi failed to close the gap on Colombia’s James Rodriguez.

Messi remains on four goals, alongside Germany’s Thomas Muller and Neymar of Brazil who will play no further part in the tournament due to injury.

It was also a fruitless day for the Dutch duo of Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie, who failed to convert as the Netherlands eventually required penalties to beat Costa Rica.

Indeed van Persie was guilty of squandering a glorious opportunity with just two minutes of normal time remaining when he completely miskicked trying to connect with a Wesley Sneijder centre.

But while Rodriguez will play no further part in Brazil, having had his tournament ended on Friday when Colombia went down 2-1 to the hosts, Messi, Muller, Robben and van Persie all remain in contention with the possibility of playing in two more matches.

Not since 2002, when the Finals were staged in South Korea and Japan, has any marksman scored more than five goals. On that occasion, Brazilian striker Ronaldo topped the charts with eight goals.

6 goals
James Rodriguez (Colombia)

4 goals
Thomas Muller (Germany)
Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Neymar (Brazil)

3 goals
Karim Benzema (France)
Arjen Robben (Netherlands)
Robin van Persie (Netherlands)
Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland)
Enner Valencia (Ecuador)

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