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Germany v Argentina
Soccer World Cup final
1986, 1990 AND 2014
(FYI: In 1986 Argentina beat West Germany 3-2, while the Germans won 1-0 in the 1990 final)
As the finest player in the world, I'm delighted #Messi & #Argentina go through to the #WorldCup2014 Final vs #GER pic.twitter.com/cvJSGRj4FH— Gary Player (@garyplayer) July 9, 2014
As the finest player in the world, I'm delighted #Messi & #Argentina go through to the #WorldCup2014 Final vs #GER pic.twitter.com/cvJSGRj4FH
Jasper Cillessen just wants the ground to swallow him up. #NED pic.twitter.com/5iEXWlPPGk— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 9, 2014
Jasper Cillessen just wants the ground to swallow him up. #NED pic.twitter.com/5iEXWlPPGk
Messi in tears, #ARG pic.twitter.com/hZuxXO7OWM— World Cup 2014 (@PostWorldCup) July 9, 2014
Messi in tears, #ARG pic.twitter.com/hZuxXO7OWM
The stage is set!
SATURDAY, JULY 12
3rd.4th playoff: Brazil v Netherlands - 22:00 SA time
SUNDAY, JULY 13
Final: Germany v Argentina - 21:00 SA time
CRAZY call by Van Gaal to bring Huntelaar on - he didn't even take a penalty!
Krul definitely would've at least got a hand to some of the Argentine penalties.
Dutch coach Louis van Gaal's luck runs out as 'keeper Jasper Cillessen is still to save a penalty in his career!
Dirk Kuyt SCORES for the Netherlands to keep their hopes alive
Netherlands 2-3 Argentina
Sergio Aguero SCORES for Argentina
Netherlands 1-3 Argentina
Argentina edge closer to Rio
Terrific save from Romero
Wesley Sneijder next for the Netherlands - SAVED!
Netherlands 1-2 Argentina
Ezequiel Garay for Argentina... SCORES!
Robben for the Netherlands... SCORES!
Netherlands 1-1 Argentina
Messi ... SCORES!
Netherlands 0-1 Argentina
Netherlands 0-0 Argentina
Ok, here we go
Hopefully you're able to follow this and I'll promise to keep you posted as quick as possible...
1 added minute? Zabaleta was down for about 5 minutes. These added minutes are a joke, totally plucked from the air.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) July 9, 2014
1 added minute? Zabaleta was down for about 5 minutes. These added minutes are a joke, totally plucked from the air.
DID YOU KNOW?
Only one team has won two penalty shootouts in a single Soccer World Cup (Argentina in 1990)
These 2 sides could both play in the final and Germany would beat them.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 9, 2014
These 2 sides could both play in the final and Germany would beat them.
I wonder how much Louis van Gaal must be wishing right now he had Tim Krul available to reproduce his penalty heroics against Costa Rica
Suddenly Jasper Cillessen must be wishing he'd had the practice earlier in the tournament
PENALTY TIME IN SAO PAULO
0-0 after extra-time
Who'll be a hero tonight? Jasper Cillessen for the Netherlands or Argentina's Sergio Romero?
130' - We're seconds away from penalties...
Blame the ponytail for that header. #ARG pic.twitter.com/UwXY0rPZpH— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 9, 2014
Blame the ponytail for that header. #ARG pic.twitter.com/UwXY0rPZpH
There hasn't been a penalty shootout in a Soccer World Cup semi-final since the Netherlands lost to Brazil in 1998
125' - THE BEST CHANCE OF THE MATCH!
Rodrigo Palacio fails to score as he heads the ball straight at Dutch 'keeper Cillessen
Dramatic impact of #ned 0-0 #arg #worldcup semi-final clearly showing on the crowd here... pic.twitter.com/FXHQfUMQJA— Neal Collins (@nealcol) July 9, 2014
Dramatic impact of #ned 0-0 #arg #worldcup semi-final clearly showing on the crowd here... pic.twitter.com/FXHQfUMQJA
120' - Long-range effort from De Vrij goes wide of the Argentine goal
Both teams look to be happy to settle for the lottery of a penalty shootout
Zabaleta took a bit of a clattering: http://t.co/UNKW9GvcXn #NEDvsARG pic.twitter.com/vbpOtEAPS1— ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 9, 2014
Zabaleta took a bit of a clattering: http://t.co/UNKW9GvcXn #NEDvsARG pic.twitter.com/vbpOtEAPS1
Germany watching this game like.. pic.twitter.com/c0LFIDkaMG— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) July 9, 2014
Germany watching this game like.. pic.twitter.com/c0LFIDkaMG
Like Reservoir Dogs but they're all Mr Orange...#WorldCup #NEDvsARG pic.twitter.com/EKWBn0uuRU— FTBpro (@FTBpro) July 9, 2014
Like Reservoir Dogs but they're all Mr Orange...#WorldCup #NEDvsARG pic.twitter.com/EKWBn0uuRU
117' - Pablo Zabaleta goes down under a heavy tackle from Dirk Kuyt
That actually looked sore...
116' - Holland haven't scored of conceded since Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's late penalty against Mexico in their group match
Seems like an age ago...
FIRST PERIOD OF EXTRA-TIME ENDS
Still tied at 0-0
15 minutes away from penalties...
Messi as tired and effective like Van Persie but will they replace him? Answer is NO..— Jimmy Tau (@Jimmytau2) July 9, 2014
Messi as tired and effective like Van Persie but will they replace him? Answer is NO..
115'+ - One minute of extra-time after the first period of extra-time
You know what I mean...
115' - YELLOW card for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
If Louis van Gaal can make Ron Vlaar look like Jaap Stam, then maybe he can make Smalling, Welbeck & Cleverley look like footballers.— Sunday League Footy (@SundayChants) July 9, 2014
If Louis van Gaal can make Ron Vlaar look like Jaap Stam, then maybe he can make Smalling, Welbeck & Cleverley look like footballers.
113' - First period of extra-time passing by in a flash
It's that time again.. pic.twitter.com/s0jHpGh345— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) July 9, 2014
It's that time again.. pic.twitter.com/s0jHpGh345
100' - Argentina now make their third and final change
Ezequiel Lavezzi OFF, replaced by Maxi Rodriguez
Jesus there's been some amount of passing backwards tonight. I know it happens in Rugby a lot but c'mon....— Brian O'Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) July 9, 2014
Jesus there's been some amount of passing backwards tonight. I know it happens in Rugby a lot but c'mon....
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GOAL! Rodriguez converts his penalty and Argentina are through to the World Cup final! They will take on Germany in the Maracana on Sunday after a 4-2 shootout win.
GOAL! KUYT scores from the spot but Argentina are through if they score next.
GOAL! AGUERO slots his penalty in the bottom corner.
MISS! Sneijder goes left and Romero guesses correctly to make a save.
GOAL! It's 1-2 to Argentina as Garay lashes his penalty into the roof of the net.
GOAL! Robben puts his penalty in the bottom-right corner.
GOAL! Messi makes no mistake for Argentina, sending Cillssen the wrong way.
MISS! For some reason Vlaar takes the first penalty for the Netherlands and Romero guesses the right way and makes a save.
FULL TIME: NETHERLANDS 0-0 ARGENTINA: The match will be decided in a penalty shootout.
Netherlands try their luck with a late attack but it breaks down on the edge of the box. This one is going to penalties.
Another chance for Argentina as Messi crosses to the far post for Rodriguez who is left wide open but his right-footed volley lacks the power to trouble Cillessen at his near post.
Aguero lifts a pass over the defence and Palacios goes clear through on goal. It is a glorious opportunity but he gets stuck in two minds and in the end he steers a header straight at Cillessen.
Vlaar has been the star man for the Netherlands tonight and that says an awful lot about the game.
It's all getting a little hopeful now as De Vrij tries his luck from over 35 yards out and fails to find the target.
Zabaleta goes down heavily after being caught on the jaw by Kuyt's elbow. It's a hefty collision but the defender has no intention of leaving the pitch.
Both teams will already be thinking about penalties and the way the last 107 minutes has gone, the match looks destined to be decided in a shootout.
Netherlands kick off and get the second period of extra-time under way.
HALF TIME IN EXTRA TIME: NETHERLANDS 0-0 ARGENTINA.
Almost a chance before the half-time whistle for Aguero as he tries to get on the end of Messi's cross at the far post. He is wide open inside the box but the cross is just ahead of him and the opportunity runs away.
Huntelaar is shown a yellow card for a foul on Mascherano.
Messi tries to weave some magic but fails in his attempt to play a one-two with Aguero. He looks to the skies - it just haven't come off for him this evening.
Lavezzi, one of Argentina's brighter players tonight, is replaced by Maxi Rodriguez.
Robben, now wearing the captain's armband, drifts infield onto his left foot and forces a save out of Romero at his near post with a powerful strike. That is the first shot on target from the Netherlands.
The Dutch are on top so far in extra-time but their latest move falls apart as another cross goes straight out for a goal kick.
The change is made by the Netherlands as Huntleaar comes on for a weary Van Persie.
Kuyt tries to create something from the left as he swings in a cross towards Van Persie but he overhits it and it goes out for a goal kick.
It looks like Van Gaal could be readying Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who is going through a warm-up. His introduction would mean Tim Krul would not be able to come on if the game goes to penalties.
The first period of extra-time is under way.
FULL TIME: NETHERLANDS 0-0 ARGENTINA: Normal time is over and this one will be decided in extra-time or penalties.
Robben bursts through the Argentina box and into the defence. He looks destined to win it for the Netherlands but takes a heavy touch and when his final shot comes, Mascherano gets in the way with a heroic last-ditch block.
If ever there was a match which looked destined for extra-time, it is this one. There is a lack of urgency from both sides.
The rain is pouring down in Sao Paolo and that could make life difficult for the goalkeepers. Could there be some late drama in the next four minutes?
Rojo produces only the second shot on target of the game with a left-footed strike from distance. It is a comfortable save for Cillessen though.
Alejandro Sabella makes it a double substitution as Sergio Aguero comes on for Gonzalo Higuain.
Enzo Perez is replaced by Inter Milan forward Rodrigo Palacio.
It's all very nervy out on the pitch as we approach the final 10 minutes. That Higuain chance is the closest anyone has come to scoring.
Higuain almost puts Argentina in front. Perez whips in an inviting cross from the right flank and Higuain gets on the end of it, sticking out a leg at the near post to poke a shot into the side netting. The net ripples and for a moment it looks like he's scored.
Van Persie gets on the end of a cross inside the Argentina penalty area and hooks a high shot over his shoulder and over the crossbar.
Chance for Argentina to create something from a free-kick near the corner flag but Messi's delivery is wayward and goes straight out for a goal-kick.
Finally, a shot! Lavezzi picks up the ball on the left and cuts into the left, driving a low shot towards goal, but Vlaar throws himself in the way of the effort.
Play stops again as Janmaat goes down with a head injury. It's very disjointed, this second half.
The Netherlands reach a decent position in the attacking third but are forced to play the ball all the way back into the defence. Van Gaal looks very frustrated in the dugout.
Decent spell of possession for the Netherlands but they are still unable to unlock Argentina.
Brief worry for Argentina as Biglia goes to ground clutching his knee after a head on collision with Janmaat. He's eventually back to his feet though and looks ready to play on.
Second substitution from the Netherlands as Jordy Clasie comes on for De Jong.
The volume has been raised inside the stadium and it is from the Argentina fans trying to urge their team on.
Great run from Lavezzi down the right and he manages to cross towards Higuain at the near post but De Vrij just beats him to it. Almost a chance for Argentina, there.
Messi is involved at the other end now and finds room to shoot from 25 yards but Ron Vlaar slides in and prevents him pulling the trigger. Superb defending.
Better from Robben as he runs at the Argentina defence and shapes to shot from 20 yards but Lucas Biglia puts in a last ditch challenge, knocking the ball back to his goalkeeper.
Robben is trying to get into the game for the Dutch as he drops deep to receive the ball out of defence. He only touched the ball six times in the first half and that isn't good enough.
Sneijder goes for goal from the resulting free-kick with a hopeful 35 yard shot but it sails straight over the crossbar. Van Gaal shakes his head on the touchline - he's clearly unhappy with the midfielder for that!
Demichelis is booked for a blatant foul on Robben, pulling the Dutch winger to ground.
Dirk Kuyt is now playing down the left for the Dutch and it looks like Van Gaal has had a re-think over the half time period.
Martins Indi, who picked up a booking in the first half, is replaced by Daryl Janmaat for the second half.
The Netherlands, who have made a change at half time, get the second half underway in Sao Paolo.
HALF TIME: NETHERLANDS 0-0 ARGENTINA: It remains goalless in Sao Paolo with both teams unable to unlock their opponents. It's been cagey and without much in the way of goalmouth action.
Bruno Martins Indi is shown the first yellow card of the game for a foul on Messi.
What surprises, if any, does Louis van Gaal have ready for tonight? He's masterminded wins throughout this tournament for the Dutch but can he do it again tonight?
Argentina are probing but can't find a way through the Dutch defence. Perez and Messi both run at the Netherlands but are unable to open them up and lose possession in the final third.
It looks a painful one for Sneijder and after trying to carry on, he goes to ground again moments later. The Dutch physio takes him to the side of the pitch to receive treatment before allowing him back into the action.
Demichelis is perhaps lucky to get away without a yellow card as he is penalised for catching Sneijder on his shin with his left boot.
Messi and Robben haven't really been involved in the game so far and both managers will want to change that.
The Netherlands enjoy a spell of pressure but it doesn't really amount to anything as two crosses enter the box but Sergio Romero punches the ball away on each occasion.
The Netherlands have only had one shot so far, that Sneijder attempt from distance. Argentina have had two attempts but it is a stark contrast to last night's semi-final. Germany were 5-0 up by this point!
Mascherano eventually returns to the pitch, looking a little dazed. Perhaps he'll be able to shake it off.
Break in play as Mascherano receives treatment for a head injury after a clash of heads with Georginio Wijnaldum.
Very brave from Cillessen - especially in a World Cup semi-final - as he performs a Cruyff turn inside his own box as he is closed down by Higuain.
A better delivery from a corner this time as Lavezzi's in-swinger finds Ezequiel Lavezzi with a diving header but it flies over the bar.
Argentina are dominating the corner counter at the moment but haven't been able to make any of them pay. There is a brief scare for the Netherlands as a low Messi corner beats the defender on the near post but they eventually clear the danger.
Decent break down the right from Pablo Zabaleta and he manages to get a low cross into the near post for Gonzalo Higuain, but Stefan de Vrij is there to concede a corner.
The match is a far more cagey affair from the one that took place last night, that's for sure! Neither team is committing much going forward and the possession counter is shared equally.
Perez wins a free-kick for Argentina just outside the Netherlands box and Messi says he will take in. The Barcelona star gets it low, around the wall, but it is too close to Jasper Cillessen who makes a routine save.
Almost a costly error from Javier Mascherano. After a perfectly timed challenge o Robben he gives possession straight to Sneijder 30 yards from goal but his shot on the volley is a long way wide of the far post.
Argentina win a free-kick in a decent area and Ezequiel Lavezzi whips a decent cross into the box, but it is straight towards Van Persie who heads it to safety.
The Brazilians inside the stadium are whistling Argentina every time they touch the ball and the noise being made is incredible!
The Netherlands almost get a break as Wesley Sneijder squeezes a pass through to Arjen Robben inside the box but it just runs away from the winger.
It's Argentina who are seeing most of the ball early on but the Netherlands look organised in defence. Perez, playing out of position down the right, has been heavily involved.
Argentina pose the first attacking threat as Perez runs at the Netherlands defence and tries to slip a pass through to Gonzalo Higuain inside the box. The ball rolls back out towards Lionel Messi but De Jong reads the danger and stops the attack.
Argentina kick off and get the semi-final under way in Sao Paolo.
ARGENTINA XI: Romero, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Garay, Rojo, Biglia, Perez, Mascherano, Lavezzi, Messi, Higuain.
NETHERLANDS XI: Cillessen, Kuyt, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, De Jong, Wijnaldum, Sneijder, Robben, Van Persie.
The team news has arrived in Sao Paolo ahead of the World Cup semi-final between the Netherlands and Argentina. There is a surprise for the Oranje as Nigel de Jong, eight days after being ruled out for four weeks with a thigh injury, is included in Louis van Gaal’s starting lineup, while Robin van Persie has also recovered from a stomach bug. For Argentina, Enzo Perez fills in for the injured Angel Di Maria while Marcos Rojo is back from suspension.