Argentina, Brazil, Belgium & Nigeria make up the Olympic semi-final line-up

Argentina 2 – Holland 1 AET (Olympics quarter-final, August 16, 2008) Diego Maradona was on hand to watch Lionel Messi give Argentina the lead over Holland, the diminutive forward bursting through the middle before coolly slotting home the opener. But the Dutch drew level in the 36th minute, a deflected free-kick fell into the path of Otman Bakkal, who scored from inside the six yard box. Angel Di Maria scored the winner at the end of the first period of extra time, Messi played him in with a great ball.

Brazil 2 – Cameroon 0 AET (Olympics quarter-final, August 16, 2008) Cameroon had Baning sent-off for two bookable offences but it wasn’t until the 101st minute that Brazil made the breakthrough with a goal from Sobis and four minutes later Marcelo (a fine flowing move) made the game safe.

Italy 2 – Belgium 3 (Olympics quarter-final, August 16, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Thomas Vermaelen was red-carded for dragging Acquafresca down in the box, Rossi scored from the spot. Belgium levelled in the 24th minute when Moussa Dembele’s header was adjudged to have crossed the line. Mirallas then gave the Belgians an unlikely lead seconds before half-time. Italy were awarded another penalty on 74 minutes for a foul on Paulo de Ceglie and Rossi slotted home his second spot kick. Mirallas forced Italian keeper Viviano off the pitch after a collision between the players. Belgium won the thriller with Dembele’s second of the game, firing through the keeper’s leg for an unlikely win.

Nigeria 2 – Ivory Coast 0 (Olympics quarter-final, August 16, 2008) Peter Odemwingie hit a right-footed strike past Ivorian goalkeeper Vincent Angina in the 44th, and Obinna added the second goal in the 80th after defender Souleymane Bamba took down Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi in the box.