09/07/2014 Match of the Day


09/07/2014

Highlights from the second World Cup semi-final in Sao Paulo, where the Netherlands face Argentina in a repeat of the 1978 final. With commentary from Guy Mowbray.


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Well, 24 hours on, and this country is still in a state of shock. This

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evening they had to watch on as their great rivals Argentina tried

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to join Germany in the final by beating the Netherlands. The

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thoughts of Martin Keown and Tim Vickery to come after we go to your

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commentators. How do you follow what happened in

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yesterday's first semifinal? It could still get worse for the host

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nation Brazil. Argentina making it to the final. And there is history

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here. Dennis Bergkamp's wonderful winner in Marseille in 1998. The

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Netherlands and Argentina have served up some magnificent World Cup

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moments in their previous meetings. It is Lionel Messi versus Arjen

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Robben. The Netherlands showing one change over Saturday's remarkable

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win over Costa Rica. Four of the team got to the final

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four years ago. No coincidence that they were the first four in line to

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take and score penalties in the last game.

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Argentina have Marcos Rojo back in the side after suspension, having

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missed the match with Belgium. Sergio Aguero is reported fit, but

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she sits among the substitutes. And it is all I is only an all messy --

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Lionel Messi as he moves one cap better than Diego Maradona. They are

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wearing black armbands in memory of Alfredo DiStefano who passed away on

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Monday. Surely the greatest player never to have played at a World Cup

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final. Whatever the outcome, we are going

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to see a final that we have had before.

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A little hasty, that clearance. Snyder was a little hasty with the

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shot, as well. Argentina are yet to be behind in any game at this World

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Cup finals. The only team to have won every game so far, and all by a

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single goal. That is a Campbell, a free kick.

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That was good stuff from Enzo Perez. This was a great ball. Put the two

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Dutch defenders out of the game. That was a bit of a daft tackle on

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the edge of the penalty area, always a risk. The question for the keeper

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is whether he can see what is coming. That is a big wall.

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Lionel Messi straight through, and well held, Cillessen. If you put the

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centre-back into the wall, messy is deciding he can't go over, so he has

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to go to the other side. Mascherano.

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I wonder if that is one of the reasons why they have made the

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change, and put Perez on to the left where he is on the ball now.

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Returned to him by Messi. Perez wanted to play it back once again to

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the skipper. Returned to him by Messi. Perez

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wanted to play it back once again It will be a corner. It was almost a

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dummy run from Messi. chance. It looked to me like a night

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in teen ahead got to it first. It was Garay around the back of

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Demichelis. Has he got a kick in the head from his troubles? Yes.

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There is that one ball forward from Holland. And it came after

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Michaelis. A corner is the correct call. -- it came off Demichelis.

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A lovely ball again, de Vrij still up there. As the Dutch supporters

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get to their feet, they realise it wouldn't have mattered. The Dutch

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contingent went up as the referee blew his whistle. That is why. It

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doesn't look great, punching it, but the first punch was excellent. You

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are just never in control. In went Biglia and won it, a

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fraction of a second in front of Sneijder. Vlaar did well to keep it

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in. And now it is Messi through the gap. The yellow card is out.

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Sneijder is into him, as well, or De Jong. Certainly stopped Messi there,

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an arm across to stop him getting to top speed. He will now try to tease

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the ball into the Dutch penalty area. Cillessen has stayed back, and

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catches it again. The whistle has gone anyway. Was that a challenge on

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the goalkeeper? it was a foul by the Manchester City

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man now. He might get booked, would you believe? It is, yellow for

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Demichelis. Actually quite vocal in the Argentinian media, before the

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match. Robben is not a fighter. Sneijder or Robben? It will be

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Sneijder, and he just sensed there was a chance to catch out Ramiro.

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The referee laid the paint down, and the two players just moved to the

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side. We are waiting for that one moment

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of magic. There are three or four players on the field, some more

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prominent than others, likely to provide it.

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Zabaleta, and the flag stays down as Lavezzi gets onto the ball. Was that

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good defending from Janmaat to win it? I think it was.

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A throw-in for the Dutch. It was Rojo.

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Just a little more animated now, Alex Sabella. Did you play against

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him? I think I did. Here is Higuain. Perez. He was

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chased all the way by Sneijder. There is room over on the far side

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Rojo. Lavezzi's shot goes straight into

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the solid body of Ron Vlaar. This is better from Argentina. A

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sense of urgency. Ron Vlaar, an excellent game he has

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had at the heart of the Dutch defence. He might be the best player

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in this game at the moment. Which I think tells you a lot about the

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game. Yes. A lovely teasing ball! And it is into the side netting.

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What a ball that was from Perez, but he couldn't find the finish when

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Higuain. The net load, and they thought it was in at the far end. --

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it below that was misjudged by Mascherano,

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tidied up by Demichelis. Blind looking forward again. Got the call

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from Rojo to leave it. That was a good play by Rojo, because he is

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facing the ball, so he needs to make the decision. Argentina are taking

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off Enzo Perez. The first player on will be Rodrigo Palacio. 19 goals

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last season. He is a livewire, as well. He is a forward, isn't it? He

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plays as the lone striker for Inter Milan, more often than not. And the

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other change will see the return of Sergio Aguero who has been beset by

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injury problems since the turn of the year.

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official! It is like a bar of soap now, it is slippery. Aguero gets up

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with Ron Vlaar. A different type of striker now for Vlaar to deal with.

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The header goes out. Sabella has played his cards. He has got it out

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to Rojo. He has gone from distance. Silas and holds. Runs into Aguero.

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-- it looks like he knew where he was,

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very deliberate. It is getting quite slippy now, you never know. He did

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not catch it it cleanly, did he? De Vrij, looking for Robben. It has

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come to whine -- Wijnaldum. Kuyt is on to him. Zabaleta forces in back.

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A good ball from Kuyt, Robben is in, brilliant defending! Behind it goes

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for a corner. Was it Mascherano? It certainly was. He read the danger.

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Top class. That was the chance to win it. Yes, it is Mascherano. Great

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blog. Look at the eyes widen, he realised, we are going out, we are

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not going to make the World Cup final, but for that last bit of

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lunging. He has launched a bit far, I think something has stretched.

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They knew it was a chance, look at Danny Blind. Sneijder out to

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Janmaat. Wijnaldum on the edge of it. Janmaat for the return but he

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went too soon. The flag was up, that will be a free kick and we are into

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the last few seconds. A free kick for Sergio Romero today, but he

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won't take it, because that will do it for the 90 minutes. We have extra

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time in S?o Paulo in the second World Cup semifinal.

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Blind made the attentions of Palacio seem as though they did not bother

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him one bit. Play is going the same way for much as it did with the

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closing stages of the main game. I was going to say he looks better

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without the ponytail, not just aesthetically. As a player, I said

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he looked different, better, quicker. Smarter. Yes. Van Persie

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off, Huntelaar on. There you go, that is the answer to your question.

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A few whistles, a few shakes of the head and then a few rather nervous

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Dutch supporters. He has been under the weather, van Persie, he has had

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a stomach problem. Huntelaar is majorly involved. Robben. Has got

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through! And he very nearly found Huntelaar but Mascherano and

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Zabaleta ganged up on him. Mascherano, yet again, I think,

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makes the block. If it does go to penalties, Jasper Cillessen will be

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in goal for them, no Tim Krul heroics for them this time.

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Zabaleta. Kuyt. Really nicely done. Huntelaar left, Sneijder with Robben

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and Janmaat to the right. Robben, past Biglia. He goes for gold. It

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was on target. Romero had to be switched on and ready -- goes for

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goal. Has that doubled the shots tally? It was just as well that

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Garay left it. If he tried to get in the way, it might have taken it past

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Romero. Mascherano, chased by Huntelaar, fouled by Huntelaar. Free

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kick Argentina, yellow card for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. You are not

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going to change the referee's mind. Good job for him that they are wiped

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after the quarterfinal stage. Yes. I thought for a moment the two

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centre-backs were going to stay back, they are going up now. Garay

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and Demichelis. Might be your only chance, you never know. To get up

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Internet Netherlands's penalty area, especially with only seconds left --

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to get up into that Netherlands's penalty area. So

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end of his gloves. He actually did well. For a split second, I thought

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he wasn't going to get there. Right over the top of Sergio Aguero.

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Zabaleta. Palacio gets away from Blind. It was close to Aguero, not

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quite close enough, and turned behind by Janmaat. Argentina will be

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in a hurry to take this corner. A great ball in, Aguero can't get

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there. Did de Vrij get the call to leave it? In it comes, headed clear

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by Wijnaldum and that will seal it for the first period of extra time.

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Flurries of excitement, mainly the Netherlands doing the attacking side

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of it, but still neither side able to find a way through. I would like

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to know what Jasper Cillessen is thinking. Probably "about time,

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too", should have been him last time. Also, I think goalkeepers

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should take penalties. We might have seen Tim Krul taking one, had we got

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there. A chance maybe for Argentina, Palacio is in, the flag has stayed

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down and he has made a mess of it! Aguero. Outcomes -- out comes the

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Ron Vlaar. He has beaten Ron Vlaar this time. There is the chance, and

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Jasper Cillessen is in the way of it. Maxi Rodr?guez at the back. I

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just wonder with Rodriguez's chance, is Palacio in the way as it

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is coming back towards him? A little bit, but even so, pulling the shirt,

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Ron Vlaar. He has got to just strike through the ball here. A complete

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misfit. Palacio's header as well was not great. The referee has the

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whistle to his lips. We are going the full distance in S?o Paulo

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tonight. The match has finished Netherlands 0-0 Argentina. The drama

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continues, though. There are penalty shoot outs and then there are

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penalty shoot outs. A place in the World Cup final at stake. It is the

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Netherlands to go first. Robin van Persie is off the field, so

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responsibility lies with Ron Vlaar. He didn't take one in the last shoot

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out against Costa Rica. Ron Vlaar has had a terrific game for the

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Dutch, he is first up from the spot, and it is saved by Romero! Isn't

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that just the way? How many times have we seen that at this level? He

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has had an absolutely brilliant game of football,

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has had an absolutely brilliant game Ron Vlaar, and it was just a poor

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penalty. Romero guessed right, he almost didn't have to move at all.

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The Dutch went four out of four against Costa Rica in the

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quarterfinal, zero out of one here. And Argentina have their main man,

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and regular taker, going first for them, Lionel Messi, with an extra

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story being the fact that it is Jasper Cillessen in goal for the

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Dutch. They couldn't make the change of putting Tim Krul on in this one,

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all three substitutes used. Jasper Cillessen will want to prove he has

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got what it takes will stop we know that Messi has, has he now? He has.

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Never in doubt. It felt like Messi almost waited for Jasper Cillessen

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to make his move. Robben against Romero. Bottom right,

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this time. Arjen Robben gets the Dutch in the tech column. -- tick

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column. Ezequiel Garay. Centre-back, but a player who takes a mean

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penalty. He once scored seven in a single season when he was playing

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for Rusev Santander -- Racing Santander. I don't suppose anyone of

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those carried as much pressure as this one does.

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And Garay put everything he had behind the ball! You don't save

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those. He smashed it into the roof of the net. The advantage is with

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Argentina. 2-1 after two of the net. The advantage is with

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Argentina. 2-1 kicks each. Romero has saved one. Now he has to

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try to keep out Wesley Sneijder. Saved! Brilliantly saved! Went the

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right way and beat it away! Sneijder took only four steps to the ball

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here, I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact it was saved?

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Again, it is a great height for the goalkeeper, once you dive the right

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way. Sergio Aguero, on as a substitute, can put Argentina within

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touching distance of the World Cup final. He is taking a long time

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about teeing the ball up as he likes it. Aguero scores! It crept under

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Cillessen! Cillessen dives over this, for me.

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Oh yes, he will feel he should have saved it. Durch Kuyt's turn.

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Oh yes, he will feel he should have saved it. Durch Kuyt's He has to

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score, he must beat Romero and put this on the net -- durch Kuyt. He

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does that. Argentina, one click away from the

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World Cup final. There is a swagger about Maxi Rodr?guez as he

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World Cup final. There is a swagger about Maxi Rodr?guez makes his way

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from the halfway line to the penalty spot. The former Liverpool man can

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take his country to the Maracana with this kick. Cillessen says the

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ball is not on the spot. Here comes Rodriguez, here go Argentina! They

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are going to Rio, they will face the might of Germany! For the third time

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in World Cup history, we are getting a final between the Germans and the

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Argentinians! a final between the Germans and

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Blasted in by Maxi Rodr?guez! a final between the Germans and

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Blasted in Alex Sabella is one game away from the greatest prize in

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world football. One step too far for the men in orange. It is Argentina

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who will go on to Rio. Argentina win on penalties.

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gone to extra time. Germany against Argentina, Sunday night from 7pm

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with us here on BBC1. And two days before, we have a programme

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celebrating our own Alan Hansen, player and pundit. Except in

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Scotland, where it will be half an hour later, the rest of the UK,

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10.30 5pm. Ron Vlaar was probably the Man of

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the Match for football. FIFA gave it to Romero for his penalty saves.

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You would expect in to save it, because it is quite close to him.

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And then Sneijder, this is a wonderful save. That is all about

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the goalkeeper from me. He is a hero for now, you look at how well

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Holland have done and for it to end in that manner, it was tough on

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them, but very disappointing compared to what we saw last night.

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Romero, very similar to Julius -- Cesar, hasn't played much club foot

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all. He is untidy, he doesn't catch much, but he has come up Inc in the

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key moments. Louis van Gaal praised to the hilt for bringing Tim Krul on

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against Costa Rica. He had made his substitutions in this game, so he

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went with Cillessen. Did that increase the pressure on him? He was

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hurt when he wasn't put in for that shoot out, and he wanted that big

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save, and it just wasn't there. I think it was a tale of three

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keepers. Look at that, he nearly saves it. And Argentina go through

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constantly in the end on the basis of shoot out. Cillessen is too nice.

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Tell us about it. He seems like a nice boy. He just got on with the

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job. And you have to delay. Would you have preferred to see him doing

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a Tim Krul, walking up to Messi? It is gamesmanship, it is annoying for

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the penalty taker, and it definitely worked the Tim Krul. During the 120

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minutes, we were thinking of calling it the Ron Vlaar show tonight. How

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does he benefit by playing in a back three as opposed to a flat back

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four? Very much so. Here, look at him. He knows he has cover around

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him, and he has to do it early. Decisive, but he can be, because

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people are covering. When he plays that Aston Villa, he is not nearly

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as good. He can get across, be that extra man in the middle. When he is

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asked to go wide on occasions, he even puts his head in here. Total

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commitment. A lot of talk about three at the back. Holland have

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stuck with it. Look at his touch here, nice and calm, uses it

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usefully. Villa might be looking at this and wondering if they can use

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it. It is all good quality defending. And look at this for

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commitment. But he can do it because he has people around him helping

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him. Again, it is quite simple, but it is

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effective, and he is very early in his decision-making in position. You

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have to do the simple things well. What might they be thinking on the

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streets of Rio with Argentina now in the World Cup final on their turf?

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The right two possible crumbs of consolation, one that Argentina

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might lose, but also, who scored the last goal in this World Cup?

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Rozelle? Something to celebrate. That is a straw to clutch at. Let's

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just have a look at Arjen Robben. He only touch the ball six times, but

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then right towards the end of normal time, he had a fantastic chance will

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stop you will want to praise Mascherano fillies defending. -- for

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his defending. He just takes one touch too many, Robben. That is

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beautiful defending from Mascherano. It feels so sweet when you get there

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and stop someone from scoring a certain goal. He was just trying to

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take another touch to change the angle. No one will be happier than

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Mascherano. If he had been cut tonight, his blood would have been

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Blue and Whites. Not the greatest of semifinals this

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evening, but it was never going to match the excitement and shock of

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last night. Brazil are being humiliated, humbled

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and taken apart, and their supporters simply cannot believe

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what they are seeing. We knew we could lose, but not for

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this score. I have no words. The worst thing I have ever team. The

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national team is a shame for us. worst thing I have ever team. The

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national team is a shame for That picture is on the big screen in

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the stadium, and the crowd are booing every time the camera picks

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him out. Tim Vickery, because of those tears,

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avid Luiz has escaped some of the criticism that have been aimed at

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his manager and his other team-mates. A little bit harsh that

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the crowd turned against the centre forward on the day when the

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defensive unit absolutely fell to pieces, didn't it? I hate this thing

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that Brazilian crowds do of picking up one player as a scapegoat. But if

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you are going to pick out one, don't pick out the centre forward. Pick

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out a defender. And just one other thing. Brazil will now want an

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overhaul of their system. We hope so. You don't know. There was a

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preview of this in the World Club Cup, but when Barcelona beat Santos

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4-0 in 2011, Pep Guardiola said that his team took the ball the way his

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grandparents tell him that Brazil used to. Hopefully it will go a

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little deeper this time. Tim, Martin, thank you very much. We now

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have our 2014 World Cup finalists, and the Brazilians will have to

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watch Argentina try to win it in their own backyard. Good night.

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Germany roll on again. Extraordinary. Closer-macro scores.

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We are getting a final between the Germans and

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This is the first example we know of of infrared communication.

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Imagine if you could talk to the animals.

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Zoologist Lucy Cooke is going to show us how.

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Mark Chapman introduces highlights of the second World Cup semi-final as two-time winners Argentina take on the Netherlands in Sao Paulo. Argentina's first triumph in 1978 came with a 3-1 extra-time win over the Dutch in Buenos Aires, Mario Kempes famously scoring twice. The Netherlands are three-time World Cup runners-up, including four years ago.