06/07/2014 Match of the Day


06/07/2014

Highlights from the third and fourth quarter-finals at the World Cup in Brazil.


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highlights of last nights two remaining World Cup clashes. Kevin

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Kilbane is here and we will get his later. First it is to Brasilia where

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Belgium took on Argentina, word Leo Messi's magic be enough to see off

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Belgian's golden generation? -- Belgium's.

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Both teams needed extra time to get past the second round but with two

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very different performances. Belgium excelled only to be denied time and

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again by Tim Howard in the USA goal, while Argentina laboured

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against Switzerland before Angel di Maria's late extra time winner.

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Alejandro Sabella makes two changes at the back. Demichelis makes his

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first appearance at the World Cup in place of Fernandez in central

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defence. Marcos Rojo is suspended at left back. Leo Messi wins his 91st

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cap, equalling the number of appearances made by Diego Maradona.

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Marc Wilmots sticks are largely to the side which beat the USA. --

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sticks largely. Steven Defour is available after suspension and

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Thomas Vermaelen has recovered from injury but both of them have do

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settle for a place on the bench. -- have Tess settle.

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There is space here for Kevin De Bruyne. A real intensity about this

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one. Feeling very much like Argentina know they need to up their

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game in all likelihood to get past this hurdle. Messi, what a pass. And

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it comes from Lavezzi. Away by Kompany. Leather as he was in acres

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of space on the far Lavezzi. -- Messi. That was fine play. Di Maria.

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Zabaleta. Racing forward. Hague Wayne! 1-0 burp inside the first

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eight minutes -- Hague His first goal of the World Cup and

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what a game in which to score. Argentina have had most of the early

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play. The break was incisive, the finish was clinical. Belgium are

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behind early. Courtois was not able to get anywhere near that one. It is

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the perfect start for Argentina. The Michaelis. Messi. -- be

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There is a bit of room here now for De Bruyne. He will go for goal. He

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will not come close to finding it this time. Kevin De Bruyne

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will not come close to finding it this time. Kevin De opened the

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scoring against the United States in the second round. Mascherano.

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Zabaleta is heading towards the far post. That was a good flick by di

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Maria. He was not far away from finding Gonzalo Higua?n. Witsel. De

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Bruyne. That was a good save by Romero, it did not quite fall for

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the striker. Gonzalo Higua?n with a pass to Messi. And the flag goes up

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against Lionel Messi after the challenge of Kompany. Argentina are

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looking dangerous at times in the first half. He was unlucky there,

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Messi. The first save was made by Sergio Romero at the other end. Jan

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Vertonghen is well forward on the nearside. Messi. Trying to thread

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that won through to Angel di Maria, what a pass. Di Maria. A vital block

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was made by Kompany. Di Maria is playing really well. Di Maria has

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stayed on the ground, it looks as though his thigh strain make and

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curtail his involvement in the game. -- might curtail. How will this

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affect the balance of the play and the balance of the Argentina side?

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Zabaleta looking for Gonzalo Higua?n. It is collected by Enzo

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Perez. Into Messi, beautiful control. Almost took him all the way

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into the penalty area. Belgium do not like it. The referee has given

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Argentina a free kick just outside the box. For a few moments it was as

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though the ball was stuck to his foot, Messi. Dumpling be surrounded

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by Belgium players. -- comp weekly. Interesting times for the Belgian

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defence. Messi with the kick. -- completely. It stays at 1-0. Always

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lifting, ultimately over the top of the bar. Messi took too long. It is

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not often you can say that. He plays it towards Eden Hazard. It goes out

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off Enzo Perez. Jan Vertonghen's delivery. The header went just wide.

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off Enzo Perez. Jan Vertonghen's contact. He was unable to direct it

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goalwards. As the ball goes skidding wide of the post. Here comes

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Argentina. Gonzalo Higua?n. He fancies himself here. The deflection

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takes it wide of the post. That could so easily have deflected into

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the back of the net with Thibaut Courtois wrong-footed by the

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sizeable deflection. Jan Vertonghen brings it to a halt. The flag is up

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on the far side. The referee is going to show a yellow card for the

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first time today. It is to Eden Hazard. Messi's delivery. Courtois

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was stretching, there. Belgium are on the back foot. That is

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comfortable for Courtois. And now they can break with Axel Witsel.

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There are plenty of red shirts going forward. Kevin De Bruyne. CHEERING

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That was too long. Before the ball came down to Hazard, and away he

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comes. Direct route to goal. It is off the top of the bar. So nearly a

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second goal of the afternoon. A powerful, surging run from the

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Argentinian striker. That was a vicious finish. And Belgium are

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mightily relieved to see the ball skidding off the top of the

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crossbar. Half an hour to go exactly. Witsel. The first touch

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forgeries Martins. exactly. Witsel. The first touch

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Martins. Over the top of the bar. Certainly that was a bit more like

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it from Belgium. Certainly that was a bit more like

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delivery from the left. Fellini with the height advantage over Basanta.

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He could not quite keep his head down. There has to be more urgency

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about Belgian's play. They have not really tested Romero a great deal in

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this match. -- Belgium's. Kevin De really tested Romero a great deal in

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Bruyne. That is comfortably cleared. On the floor momentarily,

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but Belgium are keen to get on with the game cover this needs to be a

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good delivery. It post, whipped in low, and off the

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central defender, but the goalkeeper was right there behind the ball.

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Lukaku getting in, there. They need a goal here to keep their World Cup

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hopes alive. Here comes Belgium again with Axel Witsel. It is

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blocked by Mascherano, and away by Basanta. Here is Palacios.

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Mascherano almost loses out to Kevin De Bruyne. Belgium have got to go

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for it. De Bruyne. Belgium have got to go

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cross. Here it comes. Flapped at by Romero. He stretches and he does

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well. Away from Zabaleta, blocked by Enzo Perez. Belgium are not going to

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go down without a fight and they will get a free kick for that as

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well, the challenge on younger Tongan. A yellow card for Lucas

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Biglia. Here is why. Blocking the path of Jan Vertonghen. -- challenge

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on Jan Vertonghen. Lukaku heads to the far post but it is whipped to

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the near post. Much to the frustration of Lukaku. That was a

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bit of a let off for the Argentina frustration of Lukaku. That was a

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defence. A constant din is being made by the supporters from

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Argentina, echoing around this wonderful arena. Somebody in that

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Belgium team needs a bit of craft, guile, inspiration to potentially

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change the course of the quarterfinal. Will their single goal

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proved to be enough? -- proved. --. Belgium's corner. They are trying to

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finish the match on the front foot and force extra time. Just two

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minutes to go plus added time, Mertens with the corner, it is

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whipped back in by Chadli. They have only lost twice since the start of

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2013, 14 wins and three draws in only lost twice since the start of

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that time, but these are the matches that really matter. The knockout

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games on the big stage. There is not much time left now for Belgium. Here

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comes Lucas Biglia. Gago's pass and away goes Messi. He could put the

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finishing touches on now. That is a good save by Thibaut Courtois.

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Belgian hopes are wafer thin but they are still alive. A minute and a

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half remaining in added time. Argentina are thumping the ball out

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of play. Chadli. De Bruyne. Here is Witsel. Mertens Was the in towards

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Lukaku. He stays up but he cannot quite find van Buyten. Witsel with

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the shot. That might just be Belgium's lot. That is the closest

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they have come from long time in this game. Witsel had to give it a

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crack. But the ball just tumbled away from the goal. And at the other

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end of the field moments before that, Lionel Messi have the chance

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to finish it for Argentina. Denied by the excellent young Belgian

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goalkeeper. Biglia is down. Argentina are heading to San Paolo!

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It was another narrow victory. One goal through to be enough. And

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Higuain was the man who got it early in the match, and Belgium's World

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Cup adventure is over! Argentina, losers in the last eight in the

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previous two world cups come they didn't slip at the quarter-final

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hurdle this time. They are still in the hunt for the trophy. The final

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score, Argentina one, Belgium zero. It all ends in disappointment for

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Marc Wilmots with Argentina through to another World Cup semifinal. Or

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you convinced by the Argentinians? I haven't been convinced by them

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throughout. I think the key player is casualties mac, we know that, but

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we are looking for some other players to assist casualties Mac --

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casual two -- with Lionel Messi. We have had two moments, today was

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another moment when he picked up the ball, there was uncertainty in the

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Belgian defence and it caused problems. In the last round against

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Switzerland, there was a brilliant moment from Messi, he beat a couple

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of players, and they are too reliant on him. He has disappointed,

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overall. There was so much hope for Belgium. Marc Wilmots tried

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overall. There was so much hope for confidence into Hazard, what has

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happened with him? There was a lot of pressure on him. His form did

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curtail towards the end of the season, he had one eye on this World

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Cup, and when you are putting that much pressure on yourself to

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perform, he has come out here with the expectations of the nation on

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his shoulders. Messi has had it as well. He hasn't been able to

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perform, Hazard. He's not been able to do the things he has done so well

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at Chelsea which has been the big disappointment at this World Cup.

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So, Argentina through, Brazil also through, the only thing people are

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talking about here is the injury to Neymar, what did you think about the

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challenge? I think it was a bad challenge. The player new exactly

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what he was doing to the challenge. We see it from the goalkeepers, they

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come out to collect the highball, it is more protection for themselves

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for an injured -- from an injury, but this is different. He's got into

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the challenge, you recognised it was Neymar, it was a high challenge, and

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he went with the forearm as well, so it was a bad challenge, and he will

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be the most hated man in Brazil. Thank you. So, three of the four

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semifinal sorted. Next up, the Netherlands were looking to get past

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the minnows of Costa Rica. I want to tell you of a legend, a

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legend that grows every four years. It is a story of the flying

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Dutchman. It is also the story of a curse, of restlessness and failure,

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the story is my story. For I am one of the flying Dutchman. We have been

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doomed to spend eternity on a series of four year quests, a fruitless

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search for the golden treasure. We always get close, so very, very

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close. But, I'd tell you, we remain United in belief that we can lift

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this curse, we will find what we are looking for, and we will return home

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as heroes. But I see a new phone is standing in our way, a land

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undiscovered, full of volcano and Forest, a land of danger filled with

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the proud people. And it is in! Ruiz! Vague, to want the gold,

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they, too, want to return home as victors. They want to keep us

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cursed. What a fantastic bowl! Will the curse be broken? Or will we be

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fated to continue this infernal quest? I am one of the flying

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Dutchman, and this is my time. Good evening from Salvador, city of

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goals, and there have been 24 in the five games played here so far. The

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tone was set by the Netherlands on the second day of the World Cup.

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This is where it started for them with a 5-1 thrashing of defending

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champions, Spain, including that header from van Persie. Change was

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inevitable for the Dutch. There are two changes. Martins Indi starts,

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and it really is a side that screams attack to the Costa Rica team. It is

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one that is missing the defender they call the Rock. He was suspended

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after his sending off. Ruiz, well-known to the Dutch from

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his time with PSV Eindhoven. Robben wanted it from de Vrij. Here

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is Ruiz on the ball, I wonder what sort of look he would have opt from

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the most hardened Costa Rican supporter, if you said that they

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would be playing in the quarterfinals. Brilliantly, Gamboa,

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but Vlaar moves it away. The best move of the games so from Costa

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Rica. Here is Campbell, who might be playing with Arsenal at last.

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Good save, Navas, but here is Sneijder... That was a little more

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routine for the Costa Rican goalkeeper. Brilliant move, best

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save, best moment of the match. It comes to van Persie, and the keeper

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is off his line so fast. We have seen van Persie finishers chances so

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many times. And then Sneijder doesn't get hold of it. Ruiz,

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followed by de Vrij. Depay, a chance to shoot, at Navas is in the way.

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Good save again. Two good chances. It is a poor finish, really. Four

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babies born in Costa Rica were given Joel after Campbell. Where do you

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get these facts from? Brilliant! Borges, bumped to the floor. It's a

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good thing for the Dutch to have some pressure against them. It will

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give them a chance to use Costa Rica's best chance of the

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game. I think there was a foul from Diaz Campbell. Good spot from the

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referee. Sneijder, what a save, what a try! Brilliant Sneijder, agile

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Navas. De Vrij, trying to spring the trap for van Persie. Sneijder. Good

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defending from Borges. Robben did not see him coming. Navas had to get

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it right, got it just right, like everything else he has done in this

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tournament. What three impressive is speed off the line. I think it was

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the van Persie chance earlier. So quick off his line. Robben, caught

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in between Umana, who has a yellow card, and Diaz Campbell. That is I

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shall not pass. Robben to take the free kick. If it has been too

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pedestrian for your tastes back home, think what Costa Rican goal

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can do for it. Borges has been ordered away. He goes for goal... I

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had a little feeling they would try the double bluff. He won't try it

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again. The free kick comes in. It is over the top. That is what I'm

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again. The free kick comes in. It is over the top. That is what talking

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about, that is exactly the kind of thing Holland have to careful about.

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Very good defending from Vlaar. Gonzales did not give him the space

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to get a free header. Played up towards Bryan Ruiz. The ball will

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not break. Martins Indi. Robin van Persie. That is a lovely Lie after

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Lens. Robben. -- lay off. Robben goes down, free kick. Yellow card.

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Right on the limits of the penalty area. It was almost on the line.

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Yes, he sticks his arm out. Good feet from Robben. A bit of a tired

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lunge from Gonzalez. Wesley Sneijder with the Netherlands free kick.

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Navas has built a wall of four. The Netherlands are ready. Snyder goes

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for gold. Off the post. It goes over the wall. Give Navas credit, he is

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near enough there, if it was on target he may have got a hand on it.

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Good stuff from de Vrij. We are set for a grandstand finish. Arjen

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Robben takes three defenders with him. He is stopped by Diaz. Look how

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quickly he is on the ball again. His shirt was being pulled. Arjen

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Robben. With the latest chance to deliver something pretty special.

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Robben. With the latest chance to Van Persie wanted it played in

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quickly, he frees himself of the markers. It is off the head of

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Gonzalez. Navas did not really get to it cleanly. Van Persie. That was

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a lovely turn. Navas blocks. Kuyt is prevented and Costa Rica have

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cleared. On the wrong foot for van Persie, the keeper gets down well to

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his right hand side and he clears the danger. Robben. Snyder. Kuyt

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wants it on the other side. Snyder in. Van Persie has missed. Surely he

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just had to make contact. They don't know what has happened. I cannot

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believe he has missed it. I thought it might have been a penalty but he

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just misses completely, what a ball from Snyder. For a man of his

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quality, that is a huge mess. -- Miss. Robben has momentum, Dias is

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in the book. He is surely going here. He has checked the number. Is

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he letting him off? I think he is. Well, that is incredible. By the

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letter of the law, that is a yellow card but he gets done by the good

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play, it is not malicious. Robin van Persie is set and ready. Fired in

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but straight at the gloves of Navas. Wesley Sneijder. Blind. That is a

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lovely ball in. It is missed by everybody. Off the bar. That is an

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incredible scramble. De Bruyne runs it out. It is van Persie again. How

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on earth did that not going? That is a great cross which everybody

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misses. Tejeda on the post. De Vrij timed it to win the ball from

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Bolanos. Kuyt is outside and he is needed. He cannot get any further,

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though. That is a corner. More of the same from the Dutch, good

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pressure. Kuyt on the move. A header from Ron Vlaar. Navas gets across,

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you would not expect anything else. He is calmly awaiting this save. It

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is a great header. Down? What does the

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is a great header. Down? What does referee do? Nothing. He points for a

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goal kick. Costa Rica are protesting, more strongly from the

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touchline ban on the field. I tell you what, that is a penalty. Eclipse

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is left leg. He goes down looking you what, that is a penalty. Eclipse

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for it but I have seen them given -- he clips. Is it a substitution?

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Krul? Louis van Gaal would do that. Bolanos, brilliant! And de Vrij

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stops him from doing the ultimate damage to the defence. Not quite in,

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desperate Dutch defending now. Bolanos, taking everyone on, it is a

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Costa Rica corner, and, if anything, they are coming on more strongly.

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Amazing! Cillessen saves! Cannot go on any

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more! Oh, my days! Really good save, that, isn't it?

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Umana climbs over the top of van Persie. Danny Murphy tapping his

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watch, two minutes and counting. Huntelaar, with the lay-off two to

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Lens. Sneijder, trying to call it in! Robben! He has gone into van

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Persie. Umana, he has lost his balance. He would have had a

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straight and square ball. What an effort from Sneijder! It was going

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to have to take something effort from Sneijder! It was going

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eat that goalkeeper, and that was a special strike. Krul is coming on

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for Cillessen! This is a real story! He looks sick, Cillessen, he's made

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him look like a bit of Aland. This is potentially his only World Cup

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action. -- he has made him look like a bit of a lemon. That will do it,

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0-0, final score in Salvador. Argentina's semifinal opponents will

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be decided by a penalty shoot out. It is the Netherlands versus Costa

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Rica. It is now Krul versus Navas. Borges as was the case in the last

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16 against Greece, will be first up for Costa Rica. And he has put it

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low. Superbly executed. Robin van Persie. And he does put it right

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into the corner. Another terrific penalty. Ruiz is up next. Saved by

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Krul! Dutch cheers right around the arena. He changed, didn't he? He

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went the other way against Greece. Robben to make it advantage

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Netherlands. Ignored the antics of Navas. Kept his eye on the ball.

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Gonzalez beat Krul. He has just done his bit. Wesley Sneijder does not

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miss many. And he does not miss this one either. Still, the men in orange

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have the advantage, 3-2 after three kicks each. Bolanos looks nervous.

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But he has scored. The kick was not nervous, not one bit. Nerveless.

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Dirk out, he has never had a bigger kick for his country than this and

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he scores. -- Kuyt. This is one of the leaders in the Costa Rican

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side, showing nerves of steel to score the decisive kick against

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Greece in the last round. He has two score to keep Costa Rica in the

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World Cup at least for one more kick of the ball. Huge pressure. It is

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saved by Krul! It is the Netherlands who go through to the semifinals.

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The Costa Rica fairy tale ends here. We will talk about their efforts for

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a long, long time, they will be heroes back home. But for this

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moment now, it is about plain old Dutch courage. As displayed by Louis

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van Gaal, he changed his keeper for the spot kicks. It was a gamble. The

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money was on Tim Krul and he has paid out. Incredible drama at the

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Arena Fonte Nova, have you recovered? Not really, an incredible

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occasion. Costa Rica were valiant but they did not get there in the

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end. What about the penalty shoot out? A massive call by Louis van

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Gaal. It is a massive call. A wonderful moment for Tim Krul to

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come off the bench, that was a big decision. Management at times is

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about key decisions at the right moment and Louis van Gaal stepped up

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to the plate. What about the penalty shoot out, getting your top players

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to step up and they proved it? So often the star man wants to take the

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fifth penalty but with Holland there was none of that nonsense, three key

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players taking their first three penalties, all three of them scored

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and it proved that it is a team game, not about the individuals at

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this stage, it is about pulling together. Tim Krul coming on, it

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must have been heartbreaking bacillus and at that key stage. --

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for Cillessen. I saw him kicking over a water bottle in frustration.

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Some of the fans may disagree but the Dutch deserved to go through?

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Costa Rica had a good chance early on. You have to give Cillessen

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credit. The Dutch were dominant throughout, Wesley Sneijder hit the

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woodwork twice, van Persie had a couple of chances, Robben had

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chances, they should have won it in normal time, should have won it in

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extra time, full credit to the Costa Rican defence, but that was a big

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moment later. It did not happen for them. Manchester United fans must be

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delighted with their new manager, imagine the season we have coming

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up. I cannot wait for the first meeting between Louis van Gaal and

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Jose Mourinho? Yes, there are so many top coaches in the Premier

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League, you could have a World Cup winning coach stepping into the role

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that Old Trafford, what a story that would be. There seems to be in a

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believable team spirit in the nettle and side? Yes, that is what van Gaal

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has created, over the years there have been controversies and spats at

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the Netherlands but there is none of that nonsense under van Gaal, he is

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a disciplinarian. There is a bit of fun and leniency as well. We have

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two cracking semifinals to look forward to, and don't forget it is

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the Wimbledon men's final. And Federer against Djokovic is live

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on BBC1 at two o'clock. Back in Brazil we have two fantastic

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semifinals to look forward to. On Tuesday in Belo Horizonte it is

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Brazil against Germany. And on Wednesday we will have highlights of

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the Netherlands against Argentina. So, Kevin Kilbane, who is your money

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on now? The favourites now would be Germany simply because Brazil have

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Neymar and Thiago Silva out, two keep players so far. Germany will

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beat them, so it puts them as the slight favourites, overall Germany

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looks solid and clinical, I would not have gone with Germany before

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the game against France because I thought France might beat them but

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now they are favourites because they are too hard to breakdown. They have

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to start converting their chances, are you convinced by the false nine

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of Thomas Muller? There is vulnerability in every one of the

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sides, and that is the beauty of this World Cup, nobody has been

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convincing. The way Germany played against France, they were difficult

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to breakdown and closer' was not getting service but he did not

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create opportunities. Then Thomas Muller goes up playing the false

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nine, he does not get chances himself but he works hard for the

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side. It is an intriguing last four but the key is Neymar and Thiago

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Silva being out, that will be too much of a hindrance for Brazil.

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Thank you for joining us. Four teams are left standing, two wins away

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from the biggest prize in world football. Goodbye for now. Plenty of

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people have France as the dark forces but they have to beat the

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might of Germany. -- dark horses. It is 1-0 and Germany lead! Germany

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roll on again. Who can keep their cool in Fortaleza? Thiago Silva has

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put Brazil in front! It is dipping and it is in, that is brilliant.

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That is a picture no Brazilian wants to see. Brazil are into the

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semifinals of their own World Cup. This is the first meeting between

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these two nations for 28 years. Higuain, 1-0 Argentina! Higuain! It

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is off the top of the bar. And Argentina are heading to S?o Paulo.

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There always seems to be at least one team capturing the imagination.

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Sneijder goes for gold, off the post. That is a lovely ball and it

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is missed by everybody. Cillessen saves it. Trying to curl it in. Tim

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Krul... And it is saved by Krul! Holland are going through to the

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semifinals.

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