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The World United Through Football Wednesday, 9th July

Semi-final Match - Semi-final 2

Netherlands - affiliated with FIFA since 1904. vs Argentina - affiliated with FIFA since 1912.
Netherlands vs Argentina in Sao Paulo.

Match Preview

Holland and Argentina have met each other four times at the World Cup Finals; with Argentina only winning once (3:1aet) in the Argentina 1978 World Cup Final.

Holland beat Argentina (4:0) in Gelsenkirchen at West Germany 1974; and (2:1) in the Marseilles quarter-final at France 1998.

Holland and Argentina drew (0:0) in the final Group C game at Germany 2006.

There was little to play for then, as both teams sat pretty at the top with six points, while Côte d'Ivoire and Serbia-Montenegro were equally pointless.

Argentina topped the group to meet Mexico in Leipzig; while Holland went on to lose against Portugal in Nürnberg. Argentina then lost to Germany on penalties in the Berlin quarter-final.

The World United Through Football World Cup Winners:

Football in Argentina Argentina 1978; Mexico 1986.

Netherlands Runners-up:
West Germany 1974; Argentina 1978; South Africa 2010.

The Match

Holland have had their moments and so have Argentina. In terms of support, this is almost a home game for Argentina.

After the Belo Horizonte goalfest in the other semi-final, where Germany destroyed Brazil by scoring seven goals, it's as if these two team wanted to practice keeping a clean sheet for 120 minutes; while Messi and Robben both came close to breaking the deadlock.

Goalscorers Penalties
There was no goalkeeper substitution available for Holland this time so Tim Krul could only watch on.

Argentina found the net with their spot kicks from Messi, Garay, Aguero and Maxi Rodriguez; while Sergio Romero saved from Ron Vlaar (who went first) and Wesley Sneijder (taking Holland's third penalty).

This was the first World Cup semi-final to end without a goal and Argentina now equal Germany's record of winning four penalty shoot-outs.

Perhaps Holland just didn't want to end the tournament as World Cup runners-up for a fourth time. Maybe it was better to be remembered for beating Spain.

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Final Score: Netherlands 0 - Argentina 0
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Teams

Travel to Holland Netherlands:
1-Jasper Cillessen; 3-Stefan de Vrij, 2-Ron Vlaar, 4-Bruno Martins Indi, 5-Daley Blind; 15-Dirk Kuyt, 6-Nigel de Jong, 10-Wesley Sneijder, 20-Georginio Wijnaldum; 11-Arjen Robben, 9-Robin van Persie.

Travel to Argentina Argentina:
1-Sergio Romero; 4-Pablo Zabaleta, 15-Martin Demichelis, 2-Ezequiel Garay, 16-Marcos Rojo; 6-Lucas Biglia, 14-Javier Mascherano, 22-Ezequiel Lavezzi, 10-Lionel Messi; 8-Enzo Perez, 9-Gonzalo Higuain.

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