MATCH CENTRE

WED 09 JULY 2014, 22:00, ARENA DE SAO PAULO

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Argentina set-up Germany grudge match at the Maracana

by Bertin Basson

Thu July 10, 01:11

Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties in a tightly contested 2014 World Cup semi-final encounter at the Arena de Sao Paulo on Wednesday.

La Albiceleste will now face Germany who beat hosts Brazil 7-1 on Tuesday in a repeat of the 1986 and 1990 finals at the iconic Estadio Maracana on Sunday evening.

For The Netherlands it was another story of nearly, but not quite as the three time runners-up bowed out of the showpiece event.

The game ended goalless after extra-time, the first time in World Cup history that a last four encounter had finished without a goal after two hours of football.

Clear-cut chances were few and far between in what was a tightly contested affair on a damp evening in the South East of Brazil.

The returning Nigel de Jong replaced Memphis Depay who failed to impress in the penalty shoot-out win over Costa Rica.

Jose Maria Basanta made way for Marcos Rojo while Enzo Perez replaced the injured Angel Di Maria. Sergio Agüero was named among the substitutes.

Attempts at goal were a rarity with both defences holding firm and showing great discipline throughout.

Lionel Messi had a few darts at goal, but it seemed every time he gathered the ball, big Ron Vlaar was there to clear from danger.

Unlike in the first semi-final this game was not decided at half-time, with the teams heading into the tunnel without troubling the scorers.

Louis van Gaal opted to withdraw Bruno Martins-Indi after the interval, the Portuguese born defender made way for Daryl Janmaat, the substitution also forced a change in formation.

Javier Mascherano made an incredible last ditch sliding tackle to deny Robben in the dying embers of the game.

A clever touch by Wesley Sneijder sent the Bayern Munich winger through on goal, he looked certain to score, but Mascherano was back to make a timely block.

Extra-time looked inevitable throughout in what was a tense encounter,  the Netherlands notably failed to register a single shot on target during the 90.

The best chance of extra-time fell to Argentinean substitute Rodrigo Palacio, who saw his rather tame headed effort from close range claimed by Cillessen.

For the first time in 16 years a semi-final at the World Cup would be decided from the spot , the fourth shootout of this tournament.

Sergio Romero emerged the unlikely hero as he denied Vlaar and Sneijder before Maxi Rrodriquez scored the decisive spot-kick to book Argentina's place in the final.

 

1986 Final in Mexico: Argentina 3-2 Germany

1990 Final in Italy: Germany 1-0 Argentina

 

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
SEMI FINALS ARENA DE SAO PAULO
NETHERLANDS GOALS ARGENTINA GOALS
15. Dirk Kuyt (120 + 1') 20. Sergio Aguero (120 + 1')
11. Arjen Robben (120 + 1') 11. Maximiliano Rodriguez (120 + 1')
10. Lionel Messi (120 + 1')
2. Ezequiel Garay (120 + 1')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 1
NETHERLANDS STARTING LINEUP ARGENTINA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
45'
46'
4
Defender
120 + 1'
2
Defender
5
Defender
16
Defender
2
Defender
49'
15
Defender
3
Defender
4
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
81'
8
Midfielder
62'
6
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
6
Forward/Striker
120 + 1'
11
Forward/Striker
101'
22
Forward/Striker
120 + 1'
15
Forward/Striker
82'
9
Forward/Striker
96'
9
Forward/Striker
120 + 1'
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
Daryl Janmaat
Defender
46'
7
Maximiliano Rodriguez
Midfielder
101'
11
Jordy Clasie
Midfielder
62'
16
Rodrigo Palacio
Forward/Striker
81'
18
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Forward/Striker
96'
19
Sergio Aguero
Forward/Striker
82'
20
CARDS
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Forward/Striker
105'
19
Martin Demichelis
Defender
49'
15
Bruno Martins Indi
Defender
45'
4
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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