Argentina vs. Netherlands

Argentina vs. Netherlands
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Argentina vs. Netherlands

FIFA World Cup / 09 July 2014, 20:00

Argentina and the Netherlands will compete in the second World Cup semi-final on Wednesday, 9 July.

The Netherlands are attempting to reach their second World Cup final in a row while Argentina hasn’t reached the final since 1990. Both sides have impressed throughout the tournament and are equally deserving of a shot at the title.

While Messi has been in the spotlight for Argentina, the team could be without midfielder Angel Di Maria after reports have emerged that he is suffering from a thigh injury. This will force the team to change the attack around a bit and put even more pressure on Messi. Luckily Gonzalo Higuain seems to be coming into form at just the right time; he scored his first goal in nearly a year in the game against Belgium over the weekend. Furthermore, the team has managed to win most of its matches without scoring many goals so will not be too dependent on offense.

The Netherlands will be playing with a fully healthy attack. Robin van Persie together with Arjen Robben have been an extremely effective pairing so far and together they pose a real threat to Argentina. In their game against Costa Rica, the Netherlands dominated, holding possession for 67% of the match. If they can repeat this in the semi-final then Argentina could find themselves in real trouble.

The last time these teams met in a World Cup was in the Group Stage of 2006 and the game ended in a draw. They played a friendly match in 2003 which the Netherlands won 1-0 and their last meeting before that was in 1999 and it ended in a 1-1 draw.

Both teams are known for attacking right from the start and with so much at stake this game should be an extremely exciting battle between two great sides.

Match Results – Argentina vs. Netherlands

Argentina 0 (4 in penalties) Click here for Argentina vs. Netherlands Match Recap
Netherlands 0 (2 in penalties)
Date 09 July
Time 20:00
Venue Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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