Aguero fit for semi-final
Sergio Aguero (Supplied)
Cape Town - Argentina approach their first semi-final since 1990 having won
all their games by one goal margins and with Lionel Messi having scored four of
the loss of di Maria is an enormous blow to them as he has been impressive in
all their games and scored the only goal in their last 16 clash with
Switzerland which ironically was seen as his least effective performance.
plus side Argentina say that striker Sergio Aguero is fit to return after a leg
muscle problem ruled him out of the match with Switzerland.
hardman midfielder Javier Mascherano said it was a blow to lose di Maria but
the sudden return to form of Gonzalo Higuain, who scored the only goal in
Saturday's 1-0 win over Belgium, could compensate for that.
being more involved in the game means that with him and Leo (Messi) taking more
of the possession it allows us to breathe a little more," said Mascherano.
though, believes the Dutch, who scraped through their own quarter-final on
penalties against Costa Rica, are a team on a mission to put right their loss
in the 2010 final to Spain.
is a look in their eye of wanting to correct an injustice they feel was done to
them and they will not allow anyone to stand in their way to achieve that
aim," he said.
thing Mascherano will hope to avoid is penalties and having to cope with Dutch
reserve 'keeper Tim Krul's gamesmanship before taking the spot kicks.
who saved two penalties when coach Louis van Gaal sensationally sent him on to
replace number one Jasper Cillessen for the shootout, denies he overstepped the
don't think I did anything wrong. I did nothing crazy. I didn't shout in an aggressive