Brazil 2014 World Cup | Netherlands vs. Argentina

Hello everyone, as today’s match is the only match that is on, I wanted to make this blog feed the only blog feed for tonight, as the last 2 matches are on Saturday and Sunday. However, with this blog feed, I will be using BBC Sport to copy over football commentator‘s quotes, plus the pictures, and I’ll also add my own thoughts of the match into this feed, so that all 3 combine together.

Netherlands 2-4 Argentina (ET, THEN FULL TIME)

…and we have kick off!!! Let’s hope that tonight’s match is better than yesterday’s. This match needs to give as much energy back as it can from the match that was on yesterday.

Tom Rostance: “Argentina get us under way…Nigel de Jong is straight into the action as the Dutch line up with a back three, versatile Dirk Kuyt starting at right wing-back. Where will he end up? Who knows…Excellent run from Argentina midfielder Enzo Perez. beating two men on a forceful drive through the middle but he can’t quite pick out Lionel Messi on his shoulder. Decent opening in Sao Paulo. Fifa chief Sepp Blatter is enjoying himself anyway. Argentina settling into the rhythm early on, with Javier Mascherano dropping in as a third centre-half to start them off each time.”

Sepp Blatter
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Former England International, Chris Waddle (BBC Radio 5 Live): “Both teams very cautious, which you expect in the first five to 10 minutes. Both teams dropping off very quickly when the other gets possession.”

Tom Rostance: “Arjen Robben finds space on the corner of the area, danger here, and Pablo Zabaleta keeps an arm on him until the Dutchman leaves the box – then crunches him with a slide tackle! Great challenge.”

Mark Lawrenson (Match of the Day Analyst): “Zabaleta didn’t dare tackle Robben until he went out of the box – then he went for him. With his form over the best couple of seasons, Zabaleta is up there with the best right-backs in the world.”

Tom Rostance: “The Dutch now having a spell of keep-ball. Unfortunately for goal lovers, neither side look like having a Brazil-style meltdown in these early stages….Well in Dirk! The former Liverpool centre-forward finds himself as last man at right-back and shuts the door well on Lionel Messi. What a bizarre and brilliant career Kuyt has had. Who is the next striker to end up as a full-back? Fernando Torres?”

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El Chaja (Argentina): It’s not a team, it’s a country. It’s not 11, it’s 40 million playing in Brazil.

Leandro Palezzo (Argentina): In the streets of Buenos Aires there is a party mood. A lot of music, a lot of white and light-blue.

Aysen (Turkey): My heart would normally go with Argentina but my love for Dirk Kuyt is something else!

Chris Waddle: “Every time Argentina get the ball you can hear a lot of jeers, a lot of whistling, especially when Messi gets it.”

Lionel Messi
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Tom Rostance: “A pretty steady opening 10 minutes or so in Sao Paulo. A different sport to the end-to-end, thrill a minute opening last night. Give it time.Lovely! Gonzalo Higuain floats a lovely pass over the top, Enzo Perez runs it in from the right and is eventually tripped by Ron Vlaar. Free-kick for a certain Mr. Messi…Lionel Messi takes it, and drills it too, but Jasper Cillessen dives to his right and holds on! Good hands.”

Chris Waddle: “Messi went around the wall and not through it. Normally he goes over it but he tried catching the keeper out with the eyes. Give the keeper credit, he was in a superb position.”

Mark Lawrenson: “Jasper Cillessen’s positioning of the wall was excellent because he put the centre-backs in the wall and it meant Lionel Messi knew he couldn’t go over men of 6ft 3in, 6ft 4in. So he had to go over the other side.”

Phil McNulty (BBC Sport Chief Football Writer in Sao Paulo): “Early evidence suggests Nigel de Jong will be spending at least the next 90 minutes in close proximity to Lionel Messi.”

Tom Rostance: “Possession deadlocked at 50/50 so far as Gonzalo Higuain wins a corner for the min in blue and white. Argentina looking marginally more dangerous in the opening exchanges.”

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David: Argentina have worked out not to allow Netherlands to counter, getting back in numbers. Makes for a dull game though.

Bob: Both sides playing football chess, it’s brilliant. Neither side committing their queen!

Nathan Bright: Obviously we’re expecting this one to be closer than last night. I’d accept 6-1 Netherlands. Spoilt and hopeful?

Tom Rostance: “We were monumentally spoiled by last night’s semi-final. This is more like it, cagey, cautious, who’ll blink first stuff…”

Chris Waddle: “Cagey. I would say Argentina are the slightly better side and have more life and pace about them at the moment. They are running the game with quick breaks down the right but they can’t get bodies in the box. Holland look like they are feeling the effects of their last game against Costa Rica.”

Tom Rostance: “Better, that’s better! Twice Argentina move it out wide with first Ezequiel Lavezzi on the right, and then Enzo Perez finding space on the left. The final ball just isn’t up to scratch though. Corner. And that is a chance! Ezequiel Garay heads the corner over and gets a mouthful of Ron Vlaar’s size 12s into the bargain. Taste some leather. Bergkamp 98 revisited? Right idea as Nigel de Jong floats a long diagonal pass toward Robin van Persie, whose movement is superb, but Ezequiel Garay just about gets his forehead to the ball to nod it clear.The Dutch can go long when they need to. Oooof! Javier Mascherano heads the back of Georginio Wijnaldum’s head and is out on the deck. The ref quickly stops play and ushers on the medics, that is a nasty blow.”

Mark Lawrenson: “That’s what the Dutch front three of Robben, Sneijder and Van Persie can do. Everything looks comfortable, then bang. They’re in.”

Phil McNulty: “Argentina the team in control in these early stages as the Netherlands struggle to get their main attacking weapons Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben into the game. Louis van Gaal has a plan to stifle Lionel Messi of space and time – how that works will be crucial to the outcome.”

Tom Rostance: “After a few minutes on the sidelines Javier Mascherano is back with us. It looked like he was momentarily unconscious after that clash of heads. Let’s keep an eye on him.Twenty-four hours ago Germany had just made it 5-0…A good spell for the Dutch as they force Argentina’s goalkeeper Sergio Romero into two big punches, both good punches too, before Robin van Persie is offside.It’s a slow burner. I don’t think Javier Mascherano would make it the NFL if we’re being honest. He’s about eight stone underweight and two feet too small.”

Argentina v Netherlands
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Hugh in France: First time I’ve seen Enzo Perez. Looks VERY good. Not Angel Di Maria, but offers lots of movement and neat passes.

Phil Hakim: In the NFL, Javier Mascherano would have a concussion test before being allowed back on the field. Football a joke in comparison.

Former England Captain, Gary Lineker: “Nigel De Jong is always within touching distance of Lionel Messi’s shirt. But looking at the size of the Dutchman, Messi may well be inside his shirt.”

Tom Rostance: “Arjen Robben. He’s been kept quieter than a monk so far, having just four touches of the ball. Fred-esque.”

Arjen Robben's touch map
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Chris Waddle: “Where is Robben? He’s not had the ball or driven at anyone he is playing against, he has just not touched the ball.”

Mark Lawrenson: “If Argentina are going to get any joy then it is down their right flank. The game is at the stage where no-one is really in charge of the game. While it is intriguing, nothing has happened. We’re waiting for this game to take off. Not seen much of Robben, Van Persie or Messi to a certain degree.”

Tom Rostance: “That should be a booking! The referees have gone very lenient at the World Cup and Martin Demichelis is lucky not to see yellow for a hack at Wesley Sneijder. I’d give this game a yellow so far. Must do better. ITV got the raw end of the deal when it came to broadcasting the semi-finals. On BBC One now is some sort of drama starring Neil from The Office…”

Mark Lawrenson: “Martins Indi has blocked Messi off – it should be a yellow. We want referees to keep players on the pitch but a booking is a booking. Whether it is the second minute or the 92nd minute it is a booking.”

Tom Rostance: “Dutch free-kick, easily defended. This is going to extra time for sure. Where it will change face and become gripping, end-to-end entertainment…”

Chris Waddle: “I expected Argentina to play like they have with a bit of possession and try to get Messi and Lavezzi on the ball. Holland, I expected more from. Van Persie has not been in the game, neither has Robben or Sneijder really.”

Argentina v Netherlands
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Tom Rostance: “That is a booking this time. Bruno Martins Indi is booked for checking the run of Lionel Messi. Can this lead to a chance?”

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Luke Gwalchmai: Is this as boring as I think it is or were we just spoiled yesterday?

Anthony Shaw: You watching Brazil? This is how to defend. This is what a World Cup semi-final looks like.

Ken Gorry: Game needs an Argentina goal, if the Dutch score they’ll never go past the halfway line.

Chris Waddle: “Martins Indi likes collecting those cards.”

Tom Rostance: “That is an opening! Lionel Messi picks the Dutch apart with a wonderful pass out to the left, Dirk Kuyt is out of position but Marcos Rojo stuffs up his cross, planting it way too far. Poor half lads…”

Chris Waddle: “Very disappointing. Argentina slightly the better side without making any chances. There has been nothing to talk about. I wonder how Van Gaal will feel about this. He normally changes things but they have to get Robben into the game.”

Tom Rostance: “Arjen Robben has a smile to someone as they come off. He gets nearer to the ball in the tunnel then he did for most of that half. Netherlands fans watch the action in the market square in Groningen. Not quite sure what they are so gripped by in this first half.”

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Tom Rostance: “The Dutch kick off, and Dirk Kuyt is now on the left wing.”

Golf legend Gary Player tweets: Half time at the World Cup. #ARGvNED. No one has scored yet. Not even Germany.

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Chris Gilbert: You would expect both teams to take more risks in the second half. Neither team will want it to come to a shootout.

Who fights monkeys: Who would want to get to a final against Germany the way they’re playing at the moment?

Arthur Veldhoen: I’m beginning to think a gentle beating by Argentina would be highly preferable to what the Germans would do to us in the final.

Tom Rostance: “Referees are not having bookings in the World Cup are they? Another clattering challenge from Stefan de Vrij goes unchecked. Play on!”

Mark Lawrenson: “That substitution means Daley Blind will play as the third centre-back, with Daryl Janmaat at right-back and Dirk Kuyt switching over the the left. Everyone else will stay the same.”


Tom Rostance: “Have it! Smashed away into the stands by Ezequiel Garay, under no pressure, but he’s not having a David Luiz meltdown, he’s actually smart as his boot had come off. Get rid. The Dutch finally get the ball to Arjen Robben and he goes down, with Martin Demichelis in the book to boot. Javier Mascherano slides in Lionel Messi down the sides – but he’s offside. Almost a glimpse of danger for Argentina. A picture paints a thousand words…”

Netherlands' fans
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Tom Rostance: “Apparently Tim Krul was out practicing penalties at half time. Will the Newcastle man be the key protagonist again this evening? Lionel Messi has resorted to taking the ball from his centre-halves now. He then picks it up 30 yards out for the first time, he runs at Ron Vlaar – who stops him in his tracks with a great tackle! Who is the Ron Vlaar lookalike who plays for Aston Villa?”

Chris Waddle: “It’s just so poor for quality. Anybody who puts pressure on the ball seems to win it. The passing is so slack.”

Mark Lawrenson: “This game has reached the point of no return. Someone has got to say, ‘come on, let’s have a go’. There’s a place in the final at stake.”

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Tom Rostance: “That’s better! Ezequiel Lavezzi spins out wide to the right, stands up Ron Vlaar and then puts over a decent cross for Gonzalo Higuain to attack but he can’t get a free header on it under pressure from Daryl Janmaat. That was more like it though.”

Mark Pougatch (BBC Radio 5 Live): “Is this the same Ron Vlaar who played at Aston Villa last season or has he been taken over by an alien being?”

Tom Rostance: “Into the final third. Which is where this game falls apart. Does anyone want to win this? The Dutch make a change as Nigel de Jong is replaced by Jordy Clasie. A really heavy tackle in midfield has left Lucas Biglia in a heap on the floor. He went knee to knee with Daryl Janmaat and we have an extended break for treatment. Get a striker on in his place!”

Chris Waddle: “He followed through, did Daryl Janmaat. A clash of knees and Biglia took the brunt of it.”

Tom Rostance: “Nobody likes a follow through. But Lucas Biglia is going to re-appear, as the rain lashes down in Sao Paulo now. Shoot on sight?”

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Brian Capaloff: German squad must be laughing into their beers as they watch this. Neither team great and extra-time beckons!

Abdul Karim: Can we just move on to penalties, nothing to see here.

Neal Collins: Next thing you know, you’ll wake up and Tim Krul will be warming up.

Phil McNulty: “Could dress this one up as a chess match or intriguing tactical battle – but for the most part it continues to be a dull stalemate lacking a spark of inspiration. Argentina and the Netherlands have players more than capable but this World Cup semi-final has so far failed to offer them that opportunity.”

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Tom Rostance: “Argentina boss Alex Sabella is out bellowing instructions to his side before Daley Blind sprays a pass out of play, 25 yards behind his team-mates. Somewhere, Johan Cruyff and Diego Maradona sit in a darkened room. Johan’s just opened the second bottle of Scotch. Another injury! Daryl Janmaat, who has been heavily involved since coming on, takes a whack to the face and requires treatment.”

Chris Bevan (BBC Sport): “Just one sub left for the Dutch. Tim Krul hoping no injuries in the next hour if this game is going to go the distance, as it appears…”

Tom Rostance: “Seventy minutes into a damp squib. In need of inspiration – this is where Pele, Maradona, Ronaldo or Tony Daley would find that spark and change the game. I’m looking at you Lionel Messi. Or you Arjen Robben. Can you change it?”

Phil McNulty: “Lots of fans have taken shelter under the temporary, uncovered stands here at Arena de Sao Paulo. It means they cannot actually see any of this World Cup semi-final – and at this stage they are not missing much.”

Chris Waddle: “This game has never come to life. No one gets hold of the ball, there’s no movement.”

Tom Rostance: “Robin van Persie hooks an effort over, his first chance of the night, but he was offside. We have had just one shot on target all evening, that early free-kick from Lionel Messi. There it is! The one big chance of the game, but Gonzalo Higuain can’t take it. Enzo Perez gets away on the right and bends in a lovely early cross, Higuain is across his marker but stabs the ball into the side-netting. So near, and yet so far…You’ve got to feel for these fans in Sao Paulo – they’re having to watch this match twice.”

Mark Lawrenson: “People at the far end thought it was in. They saw the net billow.”

Fans in Sao Paulo
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Alan Green (Commentating on the match from BBC Radio 5 Live): “I’m tempted to say please save us from extra time because it has been torture watching.”

Tom Rostance: “Twelve minutes left. But in reality it’s at least 42. This is nailed on for extra time.”

Arjen Robben
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Aamir Mir: So to nullify a counter-attacking team, you need to play like Argentina. Then you end up with a boring spectacle like this.

Barry Fong: Maybe I missed them but I don’t think the crowd can even muster a Mexican wave.

Dan Hedley: Says a lot when Ron Vlaar is the best player on a pitch with Arjen Robben and Lionel Messi.

Tom Rostance: “Sergio Aguero is coming on. Spark it up son…Two strikers on for Argentina. Enzo Perez and Gonzalo Higuain come off, Rodrigo Palacio and Sergio Aguero on.”

Dan Walker (BBC Sport): “Both managers currently tossing a coin to see who has to bring on David Luiz and who Marcelo. That’ll make it interesting.”

Tom Rostance: “Seven minutes of normal time left. Extra time has been good at this World Cup. Remember that.”

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Shoaib: What are the odds a certain someone provides us with an ‘Agueroooooooooo’ moment..?

Tom Rostance: “That. Is a shot. A genuine shot on target from Argentina left-back Marcos Rojo. An easy save for Jasper Cillessen but at least he had a dig. Four minutes to go. Germany could score four in that time. Will we get one? Lionel Messi beats a man but Ron Vlaar shuts the door on him, before cutting out another pass. Vlaar for the Golden Ball.”


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Tom Rostance: “Into the last minute. And what a chance! Arjen Robben suddenly is in right through on goal, but he takes a bad touch and Javier Mascherano is able to make a brilliant block. Huge chance! Arjen Robben has missed some big chances in big games down the years. That was right up there with them. Score and the Netherlands are in their second successive final…”


Former England Captain, Rio Ferdinand: “Ron Vlaar has been immense. Best centre-back performance of the tournament so far for me.”

Alan Green: “An apology of a football match. Abysmal.”

Tom Rostance: “Will they make it two in a row? They looked the most likely in the final stages. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was warming up too. The Argentina players look fresher, if that means anything. Coach Alex Sabella has them in a huddle and is pointing to Lionel Messi a lot. Give the ball to him!

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Some Body: Arjen Robben! That penultimate touch took it away from him. Lost ticket to the final.

Will Scott: Pretty much every Dutch pass has been backwards. So negative from Netherlands.

Richard Lee: You can see the tension on the pitch. Come on Lionel Messi, show us your magic!

Phil McNulty: “Ninety minutes no-one will ever get back there. At least the prospect of the re-emergence of Netherlands substitute keeper Tim Krul for a possible penalty shootout adds extra intrigue to extra-time. And as far as Dutch coach Louis van Gaal is concerned his plan to subdue Lionel Messi – first with Nigel de Jong then Jordy Clasie – has worked so far. And what a performance in the Dutch defence from Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar.”


Match stats
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Tom Rostance: “No. That’s not the one, as Dirk Kuyt overcooks a cross from the left and out of play. Lionel Messi’s quest to join Pele and Diego Maradona at football’s top table is taking a backward step this evening. Anonymous in the shadow of Ron Vlaar. So no Tim Krul then as Louis van Gaal replaces Robin van Persie with Klaas Jan Huntelaar. That did the job against Mexico, can it work again?”

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Emma Cann: If this match was Test cricket, they’d be calling it ‘one for the purists’.

James Gallagher: Brazil v Germany was like a 20-20 cricket classic, this has been a Mike Brearley – Geoff Boycott opening stand.

Tom Rostance: “Argentina have one change left, the Dutch are done. I’m not going to lie to you, this is turgid stuff. SHOT ON TARGET! The Dutch have their first attempt on target in the 98th minute as Arjen Robben warms the palms of Sergio Romero from 30 yards. Comfortable enough but at least it was an attempt. The final change of the game and Liverpool fans from 2009-10 can enjoy the sight of Dirk Kuyt running at Maxi Rodriguez, who is on to replace Ezequiel Lavezzi. I rather unkindly suggested earlier in the tournament that a Dutch side containing Ron Vlaar could not be good enough to win the World Cup. Mr. Vlaar, I apologise. You’re the best player on the pitch. By a country mile. Ole, Ole, Ole Ole! Messi! Messi!” is the chant around the Arena de Sao Paulo as the crowd hope for the number 10 to do something to raise himself from the midfield mire. Penalties are on the horizon. It’s probably the only hope.”

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Tom Rostance: “It’s quarter past 11 on a work night. I applaud you for staying up.”


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Al Mamun Russell: It now has been 227 minutes since the last goal scored by Netherlands. Don’t deserve to be a finalist!

Steven F Galloway: I’d still much rather watch this semi-final. Last night’s was over as a contest after 25 minutes. THAT’S boring.

Tom Rostance: “Pablo Zabaleta is down in a heap after an other head-to-head challenge. And ouch! A shoulder to the jaw, he may have lost a tooth! Steven Galloway, there’s a certain type of football fan who love games like this. You are in company with our colleague Andy Cryer, who is loving this. “You don’t get soft South Americans,” says Lawro, who is proven right as Pablo Zabaleta comes back on. Bit of cotton wool in his mouth, and get on with it.”

Chris Waddle: “He is a tough boy Zabaleta so it will take a lot to get him off this pitch.”

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Richard, Putney (via text): Good to see Ron Vlaar get some plaudits. The guy isn’t a world beater by any means but on his day is a good player. Problem is in our Aston Villa side he looks worse because the rest of our team is terrible. The current squad would even make Lionel Messi look poor in it. But not as much as in this game.

Mark Lawrenson: “Sergio Aguero has been very poor since he came on – he has been completely out of sorts.”

Tom Rostance: “Into the last 10 minutes or so. Stefan de Vrij shoots from 35 yards, with his wrong foot. You’re going nowhere Netherlands! You’re on the ring road. Third time round. You’ve just been into B&Q for a bag of tungsten-tipped screws. Never gonna use ’em. Never gonna use ’em. If both teams could go through with a 0-0 draw you may be tempted to accuse the sides of playing for a draw. Bu they can’t. So I won’t. This is exhaustingly poor.”

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Christopher Harvey: Louis van Gaal a tactical genius? Has the Premier League changed the rules to allow extra-time? I can’t see Manchester United getting three points otherwise.

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Tom Rostance: “Chance! In a game of such precious few, this is a real opening. Substitute Rodrigo Palacio is in, he hesitates and can’t get any power in his header…”

Chris Waddle: “Why didn’t he just lob the keeper with his head? He headed it straight at him. all he had to do was put a little bit of height on it.”

Phil McNulty: “And still no sign of a breakthrough. There could not be a more stark contrast with last night’s World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany than this dour, attritional, dull affair. Not much time left for the main creators Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben to spare the Argentine and Dutch fans the tension of penalties for a place in the World Cup final.”

Tom Rostance: “Before we get to penalties, why not brush up on your shootout trivia. Did you know that on average 71% of kicks are scored? Who has saved the most? How many have been taken with the left foot? Read up on our guide here. Another half chance as Lionel Messi beats his man out on the right and stands it up, it’s a difficult chance but a chance for Maxi Rodriguez, but he fluffs his lines and mishits it into the turf. Remember his brilliant goal against Mexico in 2006? So does he. The least these two can do now is give us a shootout. Dirk! Kuyt has a half chance in the final minute but his shot is blocked. It looks like spot-kicks.”

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Armando Maya Castro (Mexico): Netherlands v Argentina: A homage to boredom.

Chris Waddle: “Looking at how the game went, we should have started with penalty kicks.”

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Tom Rostance: “The Dutch scored all four from the spot against Costa Rica last Saturday night. Argentina won their last semi-final on penalties, in Italy 24 years ago. I’m not sure either side deserve to be in the final…Javier Mascherano is deep in conversation with goalkeeper Sergio Romero. “Save some!””

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Midsibmike: And the match finally comes to life as we move to penalties.

Doug: Here we go then semi-final lotto…

Tom Rostance: “Here we go then. Penalties…”

GOAL SAVED!!! (Ron Vlaar)

Argentina score a 0-1 goal strike against the Netherlands on penalties (Lionel Messi).

The Netherlands score a 1-1 goal strike against Argentina, bringing the score into an equaliser (Arjen Robben).

Argentina score a 1-2 goal strike against the Netherlands (Ezequiel Garay).

Tom Rostance: “What a save! Romero flings himself full-length to his right and beats the ball away. Big trouble for the Dutch now.”





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