Wednesday, 9th July
Netherlands vs Argentina in Sao Paulo.
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
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.
Argentina 1978; Mexico
West Germany 1974; Argentina 1978; South Africa 2010.
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.
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.
Final Score: Netherlands 0 - Argentina 0
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.
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,
Referee: Cuneyt Cakir - Turkey
3 yellow cards.
Brazil vs Germany
2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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