Arena de Sao Paulo - Sao Paulo 09/07/2014 - 22:00CET (17:00 local time)

Semi-finals

Netherlands - Argentina
0-0
Argentina win 4-2 on penalties
 

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Netherlands fall to Argentina in shoot-out

Published: Thursday 10 July 2014, 0.45CET
Netherlands 0-0 Argentina (aet, Argentina win 4-2 on pens)
Sergio Romero saved Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder penalties to set up a final with Germany.

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Match statistics

Netherlands
Argentina

0

Goals scored

0

7

Total attempts

7

1

Attempts on target

4

4

off target

2

1

blocked

4

0

against woodwork

0

4

Corners

4

4

Offsides

4

2

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

14

Fouls committed

10

10

Fouls suffered

14

Standings

Published: Thursday 10 July 2014, 0.45CET

Netherlands fall to Argentina in shoot-out

Netherlands 0-0 Argentina (aet, Argentina win 4-2 on pens)
Sergio Romero saved Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder penalties to set up a final with Germany.

Argentina defeated the Netherlands on penalties and will face Germany in Sunday's FIFA World Cup final.

After the eight goals on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte, the Sao Paulo semi-final was to be the first in World Cup history to end 0-0. Four nights ago the Netherlands saw off Costa Rica on penalties after another goalless encounter, but this time neither Ron Vlaar nor Wesley Sneijder could convert and Argentina and Germany will be the first nations to meet in three World Cup finals.

In the 15th minute a Lionel Messi free-kick from just outside the box was smothered by Jasper Cillessen, resuming his goalkeeping role after Tim Krul's shoot-out cameo against Costa Rica on Saturday. Still, it was clear from the tight opening that a repeat of the extraordinary first semi-final was not on the cards.

Robin van Persie, fit despite a stomach bug that kept him out of training yesterday, was kept subdued while injured Ángel Di María was missed by Argentina. Daryl Janmaat, the starting right-back in the group stage, took over from Bruno Martins Indi in the second half, but the balance of the game did not change.

Gonzalo Higuaín was unable to direct a header on target from close range in a rare opening just before the hour. Another Dutch change was made as Jordy Clasie replaced the more defensive Nigel de Jong, and the Netherlands' tempo increased a little.

In the last ten minutes Argentina introduced Rodrigo Palacio and Sergio Agüero, who did have a sight of goal only to be blocked by the excellent Vlaar. As the game entered added time, Sneijder's deft back-heel gave Arjen Robben an opening but for a superb sliding tackle by Javier Mascherano.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's extra-time arrival meant Krul could not appear for the penalties, which duly arrived when neither Palacio nor fellow substitute Maxi Rodríguez could force the ball past Cillessen from close range. Sergio Romero saved the first kick from Vlaar and then the third Dutch effort from Sneijder; Rodríguez was to hit the winner in off the bar. The Netherlands now travel to Brasilia for Saturday's third-place play-off with hosts Brazil.

Last updated: 10/07/14 1.01CET

Related information

Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/worldcup/season=2014/matches/round=2000299/match=2014944/postmatch/report/index.html#dutch+fall+argentina

Lineups

Netherlands

Netherlands

Argentina

Argentina

1Jasper Cillessen (GK)1Sergio Romero (GK)
2Ron Vlaar2Ezequiel Garay
3Stefan de Vrij4Pablo Zabaleta
4Bruno Martins Indi
Yellow Card45
Substitution46
6Lucas Biglia
5Daley Blind8Enzo Pérez
Substitution81
6Nigel de Jong
Substitution62
9Gonzalo Higuaín
Substitution82
9Robin van Persie (C)
Substitution96 ET
10Lionel Messi (C)
10Wesley Sneijder14Javier Mascherano
11Arjen Robben15Martín Demichelis
Yellow Card49
15Dirk Kuyt16Marcos Rojo
20Georginio Wijnaldum22Ezequiel Lavezzi
Substitution100 ET

Substitutes

23Tim Krul (GK)21Mariano Andújar (GK)
22Michel Vorm (GK)12Agustin Orion (GK)
7Daryl Janmaat
Substitution46
3Hugo Campagnaro
8Jonathan De Guzmán5Fernando Gago
12Paul Verhaegh11Maxi Rodríguez
Substitution100 ET
13Joël Veltman13Augusto Fernandez
14Terence Kongolo17Federico Fernández
16Jordy Clasie
Substitution62
18Rodrigo Palacio
Substitution81
17Jeremain Lens19Ricardo Álvarez
19Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Substitution96 ET
Yellow Card105 ET
20Sergio Agüero
Substitution82
21Memphis Depay23José Maria Basanta

Coach

Louis van Gaal (NED) Alejandro Sabella (ARG)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)

Fourth official

Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

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