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TITLE TEAMS: Argentina v Netherlands
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
 Full Time - Penalty KicksESPN/UNIV/UNDP
(2) 0
0 (4)
Penalty Kicks:  Argentina wins (4 - 2)
Penalty Kicks:  Argentina wins (4 - 2)
HT: 0-0
Arena Corinthians (Attendance: 63,267)
Referee: Cuneyt Cakir
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Netherlands vs. Argentina
Minute Commentary
A clinical penalty shootout display by Argentina earned them a spot in the World Cup final, where they will face Germany. Alejandro Sabella's side had huffed and puffed their way through to this stage of the tournament, struggling out of what should have been an easy group before seeing off both Switzerland and Belgium 1-0 in the knockout stages. And their display in Sao Paulo showed even less invention and attacking intent. With Lionel Messi shackled by a Dutch midfield intent on sitting deep and preventing him from getting on the ball, it was left to the remaining ten players to conjure up a goal, and that didn't look likely until deep into extra-time when Rodrigo Palacio and Maxi Rodriguez wasted good opportunities. Holland struggled for attacking fluency themselves, with Arjen Robben twice denied by Javier Mascherano when well-placed. A shootout had looked almost inevitable for much of the attritional 120 minutes of play. Louis van Gaal's three changes had already been used up early in the piece, so there was no option of introducing big Tim Krul in the Dutch goal, but Argentina were clinical in any case, dispatching their first three penalties with clinical ease as Sergio Romero starred with saves to deny Ron Vlaar and the woeful Wesley Sneijder. Jasper Cillessen got a strong hand to Maxi Rodriguez's decisive spot-kick, but it wasn't enough to keep it out. Holland will face off against Brazil in Saturday's play-off, while Argentina will need to go up a number of gears if they are to beat the brutally impressive Germans. The stage is set for Sunday's final in Rio.
120' 2-4
He scores! Cillessen guessed the right way and got a strong hand to the ball, but it went straight up and cannoned in off the underside of the crossbar to send Argentina through to face Germany in Sunday's showpiece in Rio de Janeiro. The Netherlands' wait for a first World Cup title continues.
120' 2-3
Dirk Kuyt does score for Holland, but Maxi Rodriguez has the chance to win it for Argentina and put them into the World Cup final…
120' 1-3
Sergio Aguero rolls in his effort past a despairing Jasper Cillessen. Holland have to score their next penalty!
120' 1-2
Sergio Romero guesses the right way and saves Wesley Sneijder's effort. That was a good height for the keeper, but still a top save. Argentina are in the box seat now!
120' 1-2
Jasper Cillessen attempts to put Ezequiel Garay off with some mind-games and some wobbly arms, but the centre-back leathers his penalty straight down the middle.
120' 1-1
Arjen Robben levels things up with a low effort that arrows into the bottom corner. That was a top penalty.
120' 0-1
Lionel Messi makes no mistake with his effort, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way and dinking his penalty into the empty half of the net.
120' 0-0
Ron Vlaar is the surprise choice for the first Dutch penalty, and the centre-back's weak effort is easily saved by Sergio Romero. The goalkeeper beats his chest in celebration. Advantage Argentina!
The whistle goes to signal a penalty shootout. It is a fitting end for a game that neither team looked capable of winning outright. Holland won their first ever shootout in the last round, but won't have Tim Krul to call upon this time. Argentina have the best record of any nation in World Cup penalty shootouts, but the pressure on them will be huge in front their nervy fans – not to mention the vocal Brazilian contingent in Sao Paulo!
There is one minute remaining for these teams to conjure up a goal and avoid the stress and tension of a penalty shootout.
Javier Mascherano maybe should have been taken off after appearing to lose consciousness thanks to a clash of heads in the first half, but the Barcelona midfielder stayed on and has been inspirational ever since. He denied Arjen Robben at the end of the 90 with a brilliant sliding challenge, and prevents Robben teeing up Klaas-Jan Huntelaar with yet another full-stretch intervention.
It has taken them almost 120 minutes, but Argentina have finally sparked into life. Lionel Messi jinks down the right and dinks a beautiful cross to the back stick, but Maxi Rodriguez's volleyed finish is weak and straight at Cillessen. Those two chances should have been enough to send Argentina through to the final. If only one of them had fallen to Messi!
A bouncing ball eludes the Dutch defence and falls invitingly for Rodrigo Palacio, but the man with the worst haircut in football fails to get his headed effort high enough to avoid the raised arms of Jasper Cillessen. That was the best (and almost only) chance of the game.
This has been one of the greatest World Cups ever, but a few matches have threatened to stink the place out. England v Costa Rica and Iran v Nigeria stand out as particular low points during the group stage, but this game may just have trumped them. It has been a dire match to watch, with a combination of defensive tactics and the pressure of the situation stifling both teams. Neither manager will care one bit if they manage to sneak through to the final, where they will no doubt try the same tactics against the rampant Germans.
Stefan de Vrij tries a speculative effort from distance that flies wide of Sergio Romero's goal. That was never going to go in, and if that is what Holland have been reduced to then they might as well just settle for penalties here and now.
Rodrigo Palacio jinks through three challenges and releases Sergio Aguero, but the Manchester City forward tries a first-time return pass that dribbles through to the goalkeeper. All Aguero needed to do there was control and turn and it would have been a three-on-two for Argentina, with Lionel Messi the spare man!
The game gets back underway, with Jasper Cillessen producing his second drag-back of the game to sell a dummy to Sergio Aguero. The players get another rest just a minute into the second period of extra-time, this time because Pablo Zabaleta is down receiving treatment after a high-speed blow to the jaw from Dirk Kuyt's shoulder. It wasn't a foul, but that was a massive hit and Zabaleta will do well if he manages to get back on to his feet.
The Argentina players gather in the centre of the pitch for a motivational huddle, with Javier Mascherano taking the lead role with a rousing speech (if the reaction of his teammates is anything to go by). Will that be enough to lift an exhausted Argentina for one final push?
The whistle goes to give the players a quick breather as they switch ends. There will be 15 more minutes before this game heads to penalties – on the evidence of the last 105 minutes it is hard to see either team producing anything to prevent that conclusion.
There are so many good players in these two squads, so the fact that they have served up such dross this evening is even more disappointing. This has not been a game befitting of World Cup semi-final status.
There is still very little of note happening in the game, but Alejandro Sabella mixes it up by replacing the tiring Ezequiel Lavezzi with Maxi Rodriguez.
Tim Krul will not be Holland's penalty hero tonight. Louis van Gaal makes his third and final change, replacing the ineffectual Robin van Persie with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
As Dirk Kuyt's cross floats harmlessly out of play the crowd are hit with the realisation that extra-time won't deliver a higher standard of football. The whistles and boos that follow are understandable, if unfortunate to hear.
The game is back underway. That Arjen Robben chance just before the full-time whistle was the only stand-out opportunity of the match so far, but surely there will be more chances as the players tire.
The whistle goes to send the game into an extra 30 minutes. In truth, neither team has done enough to win this match outright so far.
Arjen Robben jinks his way into the area and looks to dink the ball over the goalkeeper with what would have been a goal almost identical to his winner in the 2013 Champions League final, but Javier Mascherano does incredibly well to make a block at full-stretch. Mascherano may just have kept Argentina in the World Cup!
The Dutch have finally turned on the flair, with first Daryl Janmaat leaving Sergio Aguero on the floor with a dummy, and then Dirk Kuyt putting Arjen Robben into space with a brilliant flick around the corner. Neither piece of skill leads to a chance, and the score remains 0-0.
Argentina make two changes for the final ten minutes. Off comes Gonzalo Higuain for the fit-again Sergio Aguero, while Rodrigo Palacio replaces Enzo Perez. Both teams have one change remaining, with Louis van Gaal no doubt tempted to keep his final substitute in hand with penalties in mind.
With just ten minutes remaining neither team are willing to go out on a limb and push forward in search of a winner. It's all set up for extra-time…which is something that none of the drenched supporters inside the stadium will want!
Gonzalo Higuain slides to meet a cross and should put Argentina ahead. However his shot crashes into the side-netting. The chances are finally beginning to flow. Which one of these teams will blink first?
Robin van Persie slices an overhead-kick wide of the target, but the flag was up in any case.
Even Lionel Messi is failing to spark this game into life, and as his free-kick cross drifts over out for a goal-kick the crowd voice their displeasure. It will have cost a lot to be in the stadium for this game, and they are hardly getting the show that you'd expect at this stage of a World Cup.
The challenges continue to fly in, but as the players tire so the space appears for the attacking players to have a bigger influence. The clock is ticking towards extra-time, but there will be chances before the 90 minutes are up.
The rain is pouring down in Sao Paulo, putting a further dampener on an already damp squib of a game. Somebody needs to turn on the style to get this game going.
Nigel de Jong has done an excellent job on his return from injury, but his race is run and on comes Jordy Clasie.
Argentina very nearly take the lead, but a dinked cross is taken off the head of Gonzalo Higuain by the last man Daryl Janmaat. Had that ball reached the Napoli striker then he would have backed himself to score 99 times out of 100.
Lionel Messi goes on a jinking run as the game finally starts to open up, but Ron Vlaar brings the move to an end with a powerful yet clean tackle.
For the first time in the game Arjen Robben gets the chance to turn on the ball and run at the Argentina defence. However, he tries to beat everybody on his own rather than feeding Robin van Perise and the chance goes begging.
Wesley Sneijder goes for goal from the set-piece, but his attempt is very poor and drifts way over the bar. The crowd boo in response to that effort – clearly frustrated by the lack of quality on show from the attacking players tonight.
Martin Demichelis picks up a booking for bringing Arjen Robben down within shooting distance. It was a very soft foul and a very soft yellow card.
The game is back underway, and Holland have made a change. Bruno Martins Indi has gone off, to be replaced by Daryl Janmaat.
By half-time in yesterday's semi-final we had seen five goals, but today's game has been shut down by two teams more interested in limiting their opponents than going for the win. It's tactically fascinating, but not really one for the casual football fan. Lionel Messi has been the best player on the park, but has been shepherded around the pitch by Nigel de Jong to limit his impact in the final third. Holland can't get their attacking trio into the game on the counter-attack, while Gonzalo Higuain is getting increasingly frustrated by the lack of quality service at the other end. This game needs a goal.
A wonderful cross-field pass by Lionel Messi puts Marcos Rojo into acres of space on the left, but the young full-back's cross is too high for a clearly frustrated Gonzalo Higuaín. That will be the last option of the half.
Bruno Martins Indi picks up the first booking of the game for a needless challenge on Lionel Messi. That's the latest in a string of fouls on the Argentina captain, and the referee has finally lost patience.
This is almost 2010 Holland that we're seeing tonight. Physical, aggressive, lacking attacking intent and happy to kick the opposition's star players, the Dutch are in danger of turning this semi-final into a slug fest. A goal is needed to open the game up.
Argentina are starting to find some space down their right flank, with Ezequiel Lavezzi and Lionel Messi getting in behind the wing-back Daley Blind on that side. Gonzalo Higuaín is sniping around in the middle waiting for a quality final ball, but he hasn't had much to work with yet. It won't be long before a golden chance comes from that side though, unless Louis van Gaal gives Blind some cover.
Robin van Persie goes down in the box under a challenge from Martin Demichelis, but the linesman's flag was up to save the referee from having to make a big call.
Javier Mascherano staggered around after taking a knock to the head before collapsing to the turf, and the game was delayed for a few minutes as the midfielder received treatment. Despite some concerning looks from many onlookers, Mascherano is allowed to continue.
A long ball forward very nearly picks out the run of Robin van Persie, but he can't quite manage to repeat his famous flying salmon header, and the offside flag was up in any case.
Lionel Messi is starting to have an influence in the game (even with a Nigel de Jong bodyguard following him around). The ‘little flea' turns a wonderful reverse pass into the area to put Enzo Perez into space, but Perez can't quite pick out the return ball. From the resulting corner Ezequiel Garay hammers an effort inches over the bar.
In stark contrast to yesterday's game, this one has had a slow start with very little space for either team to work in. Argentina have perhaps edged it, but Holland are shutting down the space in front of their defence brilliantly, with Nigel de Jong rarely more than a few yards away from Lionel Messi.
Lionel Messi hammers a free-kick right on the edge of the Netherlands penalty area straight into the arms of a grateful goalkeeper. That was a decent hit by Messi, who didn't have too much space to work with to get the ball up over the wall and back down again so just put his laces through it instead.
Good covering defending by Javier Mascherano snuffs out a Dutch attack down the right, but the loose ball loops up perfectly for Wesley Sneijder to have a shot. Unfortunately his effort is poor, not unlike his performance level throughout this tournament.
The locals are making their presence felt, jeering every touch by the players in blue and white and singling out Lionel Messi for particularly rough treatment. I suppose with their team out then the only way this tournament could get worse for Brazil is if Argentina win it!
The offside flag has been raised at both ends of the pitch already, with both teams clearly looking to get runners in behind the slow centre-backs. It is a good tactic, and the assistant referees are going to have to stay alert.
Enzo Perez shows what he is going to bring to this side going forward, cutting in-field from the right flank and driving through the centre of the Netherlands midfield. The ball breaks in the direction of Lionel Messi, but Nigel de Jong is on hand to mop up and allow the Dutch the opportunity to clear. You get the feeling from the opening moments that Messi is going to be sick of the sight of De Jong come the end of this match.
Argentina get the game underway in front of a packed Arena de Sao Paulo. There are a few pockets of orange shirts dotted about, and plenty of Brazilians in the crowd who will no doubt get behind the Dutch, but Argentina have the majority of the fans in the ground.
The two sets of players gather in the centre circle to remember Alfredo di Stefano – one of the game's greats, who passed away earlier this week.
Lionel Messi is one of the greatest footballers in history. His achievements for Barcelona have already cemented that status amongst the elite of the game, but there still remain many in his homeland who are yet to be convinced that he is on the level of their other member of that group – Diego Maradona. Were Messi to lift the World Cup on Brazilian soil then there would surely be no doubters left. Standing in his way tonight are the Dutch, who remarkably have never won the greatest prize in football, despite having such a big impact on the sport.
There are two pieces of headline news for Holland. Robin van Persie starts despite a reported stomach bug, while there's also a surprise return for Nigel de Jong after a dramatically quick return to full fitness. De Jong being in the team gives the Netherlands that base in midfield to allow them to sit deep and play on the counter-attack – which will be vital against such a talented Argentinean front three.
Angel di Maria hasn't been at his brilliant best during this tournament, but the midfielder's absence will be keenly felt by Argentina. In comes Enzo Perez to the midfield, with Sergio Aguero on the bench despite a return to fitness. It's a wise move, giving Argentina some solidity in midfield as opposed to going all-out attack like their South American neighbours attempted yesterday.
The football world is still reeling after yesterday's thrashing in Belo Horizonte, but the games come thick and fast during the World Cup. Today it is the turn of Argentina and Netherlands to slug it out in Sao Paulo for the honour of playing Germany in the World Cup final.
It seems strange to say it, but neither of these teams are playing at their top level going into this game. The Dutch set the tournament alight with their sensational 5-1 win over Spain almost a month ago, but – despite progressing as winners of the toughest group – they have flattered to deceive in the knockout stages. Mexico very nearly dumped the Dutch out in the second round, only for two goals right at the death to turn the game around, and it took the heroics of substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul to give Holland their first ever World Cup penalty shootout win against Costa Rica last time out. Argentina have been little better in the knockout stages, with 1-0 wins over Switzerland and Belgium proving enough to help them into the last four. Lionel Messi has been in fine form, but he's going to struggle to win the trophy without his teammates stepping it up a level.
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Jasper Cillessen1
Tim Krul23
Michel Vorm22
120+2' Dirk Kuyt15
Ron Vlaar2
Stefan De Vrij3
45' 46' Bruno Martins Indi4
Daley Blind5
46' Daryl Janmaat7
Paul Verhaegh12
Terence Kongolo14
Joel Veltman13
Georginio Wijnaldum20
Wesley Sneijder10
62' Nigel De Jong6
62' Jordy Clasie16
Jonathan De Guzmán8
120+2' Arjen Robben11
96' Robin Van Persie9
105' 96' Klaas-Jan Huntelaar19
Jeremain Lens17
1Sergio Romero
12Agustín Orión
21Mariano Andújar
4Pablo Zabaleta
15Martín Demichelis 49'
2Ezequiel Garay 120+2' 
16Marcos Rojo
3Hugo Campagnaro
23José María Basanta
17Fede Fernández
6Lucas Biglia
14Javier Mascherano
8Enzo Pérez 81'
11Maxi Rodríguez 101' 120+2' 
5Fernando Gago
13Augusto Fernández
19Ricardo Álvarez
9Gonzalo Higuaín 82'
10Lionel Messi 120+2' 
22Ezequiel Lavezzi 101'
18Rodrigo Palacio 81'
20Sergio Agüero 82' 120+2' 
Louis Van Gaal 
Alejandro Sabella 
1Jasper Cillessen
23Tim Krul
22Michel Vorm
15Dirk Kuyt
Goal 120+2'
2Ron Vlaar
3Stefan De Vrij
4Bruno Martins Indi
Yellow Card 45'
Substitution Daryl Janmaat (on) 46'
5Daley Blind
7Daryl Janmaat
Substitution Daryl Janmaat (on) 46'
12Paul Verhaegh
14Terence Kongolo
13Joel Veltman
20Georginio Wijnaldum
10Wesley Sneijder
6Nigel De Jong
Substitution Jordy Clasie (on) 62'
16Jordy Clasie
Substitution Jordy Clasie (on) 62'
8Jonathan De Guzmán
11Arjen Robben
Goal 120+2'
9Robin Van Persie
Substitution Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (on) 96'
19Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Yellow Card 105'
Substitution Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (on) 96'
17Jeremain Lens
21 Memphis
Louis Van Gaal 
1Sergio Romero
12Agustín Orión
21Mariano Andújar
4Pablo Zabaleta
15Martín Demichelis
Yellow Card 49'
2Ezequiel Garay
Goal 120+2'
16Marcos Rojo
3Hugo Campagnaro
23José María Basanta
17Fede Fernández
6Lucas Biglia
14Javier Mascherano
8Enzo Pérez
Substitution Rodrigo Palacio (on) 81'
11Maxi Rodríguez
Substitution Ezequiel Lavezzi (off) 101'
Goal 120+2'
5Fernando Gago
13Augusto Fernández
19Ricardo Álvarez
9Gonzalo Higuaín
Substitution Sergio Agüero (on) 82'
10Lionel Messi
Goal 120+2'
22Ezequiel Lavezzi
Substitution Maxi Rodríguez (on) 101'
18Rodrigo Palacio
Substitution Enzo Pérez (off) 81'
20Sergio Agüero
Substitution Gonzalo Higuaín (off) 82'
Goal 120+2'
Alejandro Sabella 
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Team Stats
NetherlandsNED ArgentinaARG
0 Goals 0
0 Assists 0
7 Shots 8
3 Shots on Goal 5
4 Saves 2
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
0 Crosses 0
4 Corner Kicks 4
4 Offside 4
15 Fouls Committed 10
2 Cautions/Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
2 Shootout Results 4
No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1Jasper Cillessen 0 - 0 0 0 4
2Ron Vlaar 0 0 0 0 - -
3Stefan De Vrij 0 0 0 0 - -
4Bruno Martins Indi 0 0 1 0 - -
5Daley Blind 0 0 0 0 - -
6Nigel De Jong 0 0 0 0 - -
7Daryl Janmaat 0 0 0 0 - -
9Robin Van Persie 0 0 0 0 - -
10Wesley Sneijder 0 0 0 0 - -
11Arjen Robben 0 0 0 0 - -
15Dirk Kuyt 0 0 0 0 - -
16Jordy Clasie 0 0 0 0 - -
19Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 0 0 1 0 - -
20Georginio Wijnaldum 0 0 0 0 - -

No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1Sergio Romero 0 - 0 0 0 1
2Ezequiel Garay 0 0 0 0 - -
4Pablo Zabaleta 0 0 0 0 - -
6Lucas Biglia 0 0 0 0 - -
8Enzo Pérez 0 0 0 0 - -
9Gonzalo Higuaín 0 0 0 0 - -
10Lionel Messi 0 0 0 0 - -
11Maxi Rodríguez 0 0 0 0 - -
14Javier Mascherano 0 0 0 0 - -
15Martín Demichelis 0 0 1 0 - -
16Marcos Rojo 0 0 0 0 - -
18Rodrigo Palacio 0 0 0 0 - -
20Sergio Agüero 0 0 0 0 - -
22Ezequiel Lavezzi 0 0 0 0 - -
HollandNED vs. ArgentinaARG
Minute Event
120+2' Game Over  Holland 0-0 Argentina
120+2' Scores!  Maxi Rodríguez (Argentina)
120+2' Scores!  Dirk Kuyt (Holland)
120+2' Scores!  Sergio Agüero (Argentina)
120+2' Saved  Wesley Sneijder (Holland)
120+2' Scores!  Ezequiel Garay (Argentina)
120+2' Scores!  Arjen Robben (Holland)
120+2' Scores!  Lionel Messi (Argentina)
120+2' Saved  Ron Vlaar (Holland)
120+2' Half Over  Holland 0-0 Argentina
120' Shot on Goal  Dirk Kuyt (Holland)
120' Cross  Daryl Janmaat (Holland) - On Target
120' Throw-In  Daryl Janmaat (Holland)
119' Throw-In  Dirk Kuyt (Holland)
119' Throw-In  Marcos Rojo (Argentina)
118' Throw-In  Marcos Rojo (Argentina)
117' Foul  Mascherano fouled by Arjen Robben (Holland)
117' Shot on Goal  Maxi Rodríguez (Argentina)
117' Cross  Lionel Messi (Argentina) - On Target
117' Throw-In  Lucas Biglia (Argentina)
115' Shot on Goal  Rodrigo Palacio (Argentina)
115' Throw-In  Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina)
114' Throw-In  Daryl Janmaat (Holland)
113' Throw-In  Dirk Kuyt (Holland)
113' Throw-In  Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina)
112' Throw-In  Daryl Janmaat (Holland)
111' Foul  Rojo fouled by Arjen Robben (Holland)
111' Goal Kick  Sergio Romero (Argentina)
110' Shot  Stefan De Vrij (Holland)
106' Start Half 
105+2' Half Over  Holland 0-0 Argentina
105+2' Corner Kick  Maxi Rodríguez (Argentina) - Headed Out - In Play
105+1' Cross  Rodrigo Palacio (Argentina) - Clearance Out of Play
105+1' Cross  Lionel Messi (Argentina) - Defended by Keeper
105+1' Free Kick  Lionel Messi (Argentina)
105' Yellow Card  Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Holland)
105' Foul  Mascherano fouled by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Holland)
102' Throw-In  Arjen Robben (Holland)
101' Throw-In  Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina)
101' Throw-In  Marcos Rojo (Argentina)
101' Goal Kick  Jasper Cillessen (Holland)
101' Substitution  Maxi Rodríguez (on). Lavezzi (off). (Argentina)
100' Cross  Marcos Rojo (Argentina) - Overhit
99' Shot on Goal  Arjen Robben (Holland)
98' Throw-In  Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina)
98' Goal Kick  Sergio Romero (Argentina)
97' Cross  Wesley Sneijder (Holland) - Directly Out
97' Throw-In  Daryl Janmaat (Holland)
97' Corner Kick  Wesley Sneijder (Holland) - Headed Out - Out of Play
96' Throw-In  Dirk Kuyt (Holland)
96' Substitution  Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (on). Van Persie (off). (Holland)
95' Goal Kick  Sergio Romero (Argentina)
94' Cross  Dirk Kuyt (Holland) - Overhit
94' Foul  Sneijder fouled by Lucas Biglia (Argentina)
93' Throw-In  Dirk Kuyt (Holland)
92' Foul  Zabaleta fouled by Robin Van Persie (Holland)
91' Start Half 
90+4' Half Over  Holland 0-0 Argentina
90+3' Offside  Daryl Janmaat (Holland)
90+3' Throw-In  Daryl Janmaat (Holland)
90+3' Cross  Daryl Janmaat (Holland) - Clearance Out of Play
90+2' Throw-In  Daryl Janmaat (Holland)
90+2' Cross  Wesley Sneijder (Holland) - Defended by Keeper
90+2' Corner Kick  Wesley Sneijder (Holland) - Headed Out - In Play
90+1' Shot on Goal  Arjen Robben (Holland)
89' Cross  Dirk Kuyt (Holland) - Headed Out - In Play
89' Throw-In  Arjen Robben (Holland)
87' Goal Kick  Sergio Romero (Argentina)
87' Shot  Jordy Clasie (Holland)
87' Corner Kick  Wesley Sneijder (Holland) - Headed Out - In Play
86' Foul  Wijnaldum fouled by Marcos Rojo (Argentina)
84' Foul  Biglia fouled by Dirk Kuyt (Holland)
84' Foul  Cillessen fouled by Sergio Agüero (Argentina)
84' Shot on Goal  Marcos Rojo (Argentina)
84' Throw-In  Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina)
83' Throw-In  Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina)
82' Cross  Arjen Robben (Holland) - Defended by Keeper
82' Throw-In  Dirk Kuyt (Holland)
82' Substitution  Sergio Agüero (on). Higuaín (off). (Argentina)
81' Substitution  Rodrigo Palacio (on). Pérez (off). (Argentina)
77' Cross  Wesley Sneijder (Holland) - Overhit
77' Free Kick  Wesley Sneijder (Holland)
77' Foul  Blind fouled by Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina)
75' Shot  Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina)
75' Cross  Enzo Pérez (Argentina) - Off Target
74' Offside  Robin Van Persie (Holland)
74' Cross  Daryl Janmaat (Holland) - Offside
74' Goal Kick  Sergio Romero (Argentina)
73' Goal Kick  Jasper Cillessen (Holland)
73' Cross  Lionel Messi (Argentina) - Overhit
73' Free Kick  Lionel Messi (Argentina)
72' Foul  Higuaín fouled by Ron Vlaar (Holland)
72' Throw-In  Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina)
71' Throw-In  Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina)
71' Shot on Goal  Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina)
70' Throw-In  Arjen Robben (Holland)
68' Cross  Dirk Kuyt (Holland) - Headed Out - In Play
68' Throw-In  Marcos Rojo (Argentina)
68' Foul  Messi fouled by Jordy Clasie (Holland)
67' Throw-In  Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina)
66' Cross  Dirk Kuyt (Holland) - Headed Out - In Play
62' Substitution  Jordy Clasie (on). De Jong (off). (Holland)
61' Foul  Biglia fouled by Daryl Janmaat (Holland)
60' Cross  Dirk Kuyt (Holland) - Defended by Keeper
59' Throw-In  Daryl Janmaat (Holland)
59' Throw-In  Daryl Janmaat (Holland)
58' Cross  Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) - Headed Out - In Play
57' Throw-In  Marcos Rojo (Argentina)
57' Goal Kick  Sergio Romero (Argentina)
56' Throw-In  Daryl Janmaat (Holland)
55' Throw-In  Dirk Kuyt (Holland)
54' Foul  De Jong fouled by Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina)
52' Throw-In  Dirk Kuyt (Holland)
51' Offside  Lionel Messi (Argentina)
50' Goal Kick  Sergio Romero (Argentina)
50' Shot  Wesley Sneijder (Holland)
50' Free Kick  Wesley Sneijder (Holland)
49' Yellow Card  Martín Demichelis (Argentina)
49' Foul  Robben fouled by Martín Demichelis (Argentina)
48' Cross  Georginio Wijnaldum (Holland) - Completed Pass
48' Throw-In  Daryl Janmaat (Holland)
47' Throw-In  Dirk Kuyt (Holland)
47' Throw-In  Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina)
46' Foul  Pérez fouled by Stefan De Vrij (Holland)
46' Start Half 
46' Substitution  Daryl Janmaat (on). Martins Indi (off). (Holland)
45+3' Half Over  Holland 0-0 Argentina
45+2' Cross  Marcos Rojo (Argentina) - Overhit
45' Foul  Vlaar fouled by Ezequiel Garay (Argentina)
45' Cross  Marcos Rojo (Argentina) - Foul
45' Free Kick  Marcos Rojo (Argentina)
45' Yellow Card  Bruno Martins Indi (Holland)
45' Foul  Messi fouled by Bruno Martins Indi (Holland)
43' Cross  Wesley Sneijder (Holland) - Headed Out - In Play
43' Free Kick  Wesley Sneijder (Holland)
42' Foul  Van Persie fouled by Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina)
42' Foul  Sneijder fouled by Lionel Messi (Argentina)
41' Throw-In  Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina)
38' Foul  Messi fouled by Bruno Martins Indi (Holland)
38' Throw-In  Daley Blind (Holland)
37' Foul  Sneijder fouled by Martín Demichelis (Argentina)
36' Cross  Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) - Clearance In Play
35' Offside  Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina)
35' Goal Kick  Sergio Romero (Argentina)
34' Offside  Lionel Messi (Argentina)
32' Offside  Stefan De Vrij (Holland)
32' Cross  Wesley Sneijder (Holland) - Defended by Keeper
32' Corner Kick  Wesley Sneijder (Holland) - Defended by Keeper
30' Throw-In  Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina)
30' Foul  Robin Van Persie (Holland)
26' Goal Kick  Sergio Romero (Argentina)
25' Goal Kick  Jasper Cillessen (Holland)
24' Shot  Ezequiel Garay (Argentina)
24' Corner Kick  Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) - Off Target
23' Throw-In  Marcos Rojo (Argentina)
23' Cross  Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) - Clearance Out of Play
23' Cross  Robin Van Persie (Holland) - Clearance In Play
22' Throw-In  Wesley Sneijder (Holland)
21' Throw-In  Daley Blind (Holland)
21' Corner Kick  Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) - Headed Out - In Play
20' Cross  Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) - Defended by Keeper
19' Corner Kick  Lionel Messi (Argentina) - Clearance In Play
19' Cross  Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina) - Clearance Out of Play
18' Foul  Mascherano fouled by Georginio Wijnaldum (Holland)
18' Throw-In  Daley Blind (Holland)
17' Goal Kick  Sergio Romero (Argentina)
15' Shot on Goal  Lionel Messi (Argentina)
15' Free Kick  Lionel Messi (Argentina)
13' Foul  Pérez fouled by Ron Vlaar (Holland)
13' Goal Kick  Sergio Romero (Argentina)
13' Shot  Wesley Sneijder (Holland)
12' Throw-In  Arjen Robben (Holland)
12' Goal Kick  Jasper Cillessen (Holland)
11' Shot  Enzo Pérez (Argentina)
11' Cross  Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) - Headed Out - In Play
11' Free Kick  Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina)
10' Foul  Lavezzi fouled by Stefan De Vrij (Holland)
10' Throw-In  Arjen Robben (Holland)
7' Offside  Arjen Robben (Holland)
6' Throw-In  Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina)
5' Offside  Enzo Pérez (Argentina)
3' Goal Kick  Sergio Romero (Argentina)
1' Start Half 
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