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
evening they had to watch on as their great rivals Argentina tried
to join Germany in the final by beating the Netherlands. The
thoughts of Martin Keown and Tim Vickery to come after we go to your
commentators. How do you follow what happened in
yesterday's first semifinal? It could still get worse for the host
nation Brazil. Argentina making it to the final. And there is history
here. Dennis Bergkamp's wonderful winner in Marseille in 1998. The
Netherlands and Argentina have served up some magnificent World Cup
moments in their previous meetings. It is Lionel Messi versus Arjen
Robben. The Netherlands showing one change over Saturday's remarkable
win over Costa Rica. Four of the team got to the final
four years ago. No coincidence that they were the first four in line to
take and score penalties in the last game.
Argentina have Marcos Rojo back in the side after suspension, having
missed the match with Belgium. Sergio Aguero is reported fit, but
she sits among the substitutes. And it is all I is only an all messy --
Lionel Messi as he moves one cap better than Diego Maradona. They are
wearing black armbands in memory of Alfredo DiStefano who passed away on
Monday. Surely the greatest player never to have played at a World Cup
final. Whatever the outcome, we are going
to see a final that we have had before.
A little hasty, that clearance. Snyder was a little hasty with the
shot, as well. Argentina are yet to be behind in any game at this World
Cup finals. The only team to have won every game so far, and all by a
single goal. That is a Campbell, a free kick.
That was good stuff from Enzo Perez. This was a great ball. Put the two
Dutch defenders out of the game. That was a bit of a daft tackle on
the edge of the penalty area, always a risk. The question for the keeper
is whether he can see what is coming. That is a big wall.
Lionel Messi straight through, and well held, Cillessen. If you put the
centre-back into the wall, messy is deciding he can't go over, so he has
to go to the other side. Mascherano.
I wonder if that is one of the reasons why they have made the
change, and put Perez on to the left where he is on the ball now.
Returned to him by Messi. Perez wanted to play it back once again to
the skipper. Returned to him by Messi. Perez
wanted to play it back once again It will be a corner. It was almost a
dummy run from Messi. chance. It looked to me like a night
in teen ahead got to it first. It was Garay around the back of
Demichelis. Has he got a kick in the head from his troubles? Yes.
There is that one ball forward from Holland. And it came after
Michaelis. A corner is the correct call. -- it came off Demichelis.
A lovely ball again, de Vrij still up there. As the Dutch supporters
get to their feet, they realise it wouldn't have mattered. The Dutch
contingent went up as the referee blew his whistle. That is why. It
doesn't look great, punching it, but the first punch was excellent. You
are just never in control. In went Biglia and won it, a
fraction of a second in front of Sneijder. Vlaar did well to keep it
in. And now it is Messi through the gap. The yellow card is out.
Sneijder is into him, as well, or De Jong. Certainly stopped Messi there,
an arm across to stop him getting to top speed. He will now try to tease
the ball into the Dutch penalty area. Cillessen has stayed back, and
catches it again. The whistle has gone anyway. Was that a challenge on
the goalkeeper? it was a foul by the Manchester City
man now. He might get booked, would you believe? It is, yellow for
Demichelis. Actually quite vocal in the Argentinian media, before the
match. Robben is not a fighter. Sneijder or Robben? It will be
Sneijder, and he just sensed there was a chance to catch out Ramiro.
The referee laid the paint down, and the two players just moved to the
side. We are waiting for that one moment
of magic. There are three or four players on the field, some more
prominent than others, likely to provide it.
Zabaleta, and the flag stays down as Lavezzi gets onto the ball. Was that
good defending from Janmaat to win it? I think it was.
A throw-in for the Dutch. It was Rojo.
Just a little more animated now, Alex Sabella. Did you play against
him? I think I did. Here is Higuain. Perez. He was
chased all the way by Sneijder. There is room over on the far side
Rojo. Lavezzi's shot goes straight into
the solid body of Ron Vlaar. This is better from Argentina. A
sense of urgency. Ron Vlaar, an excellent game he has
had at the heart of the Dutch defence. He might be the best player
in this game at the moment. Which I think tells you a lot about the
game. Yes. A lovely teasing ball! And it is into the side netting.
What a ball that was from Perez, but he couldn't find the finish when
Higuain. The net load, and they thought it was in at the far end. --
it below that was misjudged by Mascherano,
tidied up by Demichelis. Blind looking forward again. Got the call
from Rojo to leave it. That was a good play by Rojo, because he is
facing the ball, so he needs to make the decision. Argentina are taking
off Enzo Perez. The first player on will be Rodrigo Palacio. 19 goals
last season. He is a livewire, as well. He is a forward, isn't it? He
plays as the lone striker for Inter Milan, more often than not. And the
other change will see the return of Sergio Aguero who has been beset by
injury problems since the turn of the year.
official! It is like a bar of soap now, it is slippery. Aguero gets up
with Ron Vlaar. A different type of striker now for Vlaar to deal with.
The header goes out. Sabella has played his cards. He has got it out
to Rojo. He has gone from distance. Silas and holds. Runs into Aguero.
-- it looks like he knew where he was,
very deliberate. It is getting quite slippy now, you never know. He did
not catch it it cleanly, did he? De Vrij, looking for Robben. It has
come to whine -- Wijnaldum. Kuyt is on to him. Zabaleta forces in back.
A good ball from Kuyt, Robben is in, brilliant defending! Behind it goes
for a corner. Was it Mascherano? It certainly was. He read the danger.
Top class. That was the chance to win it. Yes, it is Mascherano. Great
blog. Look at the eyes widen, he realised, we are going out, we are
not going to make the World Cup final, but for that last bit of
lunging. He has launched a bit far, I think something has stretched.
They knew it was a chance, look at Danny Blind. Sneijder out to
Janmaat. Wijnaldum on the edge of it. Janmaat for the return but he
went too soon. The flag was up, that will be a free kick and we are into
the last few seconds. A free kick for Sergio Romero today, but he
won't take it, because that will do it for the 90 minutes. We have extra
time in S?o Paulo in the second World Cup semifinal.
Blind made the attentions of Palacio seem as though they did not bother
him one bit. Play is going the same way for much as it did with the
closing stages of the main game. I was going to say he looks better
without the ponytail, not just aesthetically. As a player, I said
he looked different, better, quicker. Smarter. Yes. Van Persie
off, Huntelaar on. There you go, that is the answer to your question.
A few whistles, a few shakes of the head and then a few rather nervous
Dutch supporters. He has been under the weather, van Persie, he has had
a stomach problem. Huntelaar is majorly involved. Robben. Has got
through! And he very nearly found Huntelaar but Mascherano and
Zabaleta ganged up on him. Mascherano, yet again, I think,
makes the block. If it does go to penalties, Jasper Cillessen will be
in goal for them, no Tim Krul heroics for them this time.
Zabaleta. Kuyt. Really nicely done. Huntelaar left, Sneijder with Robben
and Janmaat to the right. Robben, past Biglia. He goes for gold. It
was on target. Romero had to be switched on and ready -- goes for
goal. Has that doubled the shots tally? It was just as well that
Garay left it. If he tried to get in the way, it might have taken it past
Romero. Mascherano, chased by Huntelaar, fouled by Huntelaar. Free
kick Argentina, yellow card for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. You are not
going to change the referee's mind. Good job for him that they are wiped
after the quarterfinal stage. Yes. I thought for a moment the two
centre-backs were going to stay back, they are going up now. Garay
and Demichelis. Might be your only chance, you never know. To get up
Internet Netherlands's penalty area, especially with only seconds left --
to get up into that Netherlands's penalty area. So
end of his gloves. He actually did well. For a split second, I thought
he wasn't going to get there. Right over the top of Sergio Aguero.
Zabaleta. Palacio gets away from Blind. It was close to Aguero, not
quite close enough, and turned behind by Janmaat. Argentina will be
in a hurry to take this corner. A great ball in, Aguero can't get
there. Did de Vrij get the call to leave it? In it comes, headed clear
by Wijnaldum and that will seal it for the first period of extra time.
Flurries of excitement, mainly the Netherlands doing the attacking side
of it, but still neither side able to find a way through. I would like
to know what Jasper Cillessen is thinking. Probably "about time,
too", should have been him last time. Also, I think goalkeepers
should take penalties. We might have seen Tim Krul taking one, had we got
there. A chance maybe for Argentina, Palacio is in, the flag has stayed
down and he has made a mess of it! Aguero. Outcomes -- out comes the
Ron Vlaar. He has beaten Ron Vlaar this time. There is the chance, and
Jasper Cillessen is in the way of it. Maxi Rodr?guez at the back. I
just wonder with Rodriguez's chance, is Palacio in the way as it
is coming back towards him? A little bit, but even so, pulling the shirt,
Ron Vlaar. He has got to just strike through the ball here. A complete
misfit. Palacio's header as well was not great. The referee has the
whistle to his lips. We are going the full distance in S?o Paulo
tonight. The match has finished Netherlands 0-0 Argentina. The drama
continues, though. There are penalty shoot outs and then there are
penalty shoot outs. A place in the World Cup final at stake. It is the
Netherlands to go first. Robin van Persie is off the field, so
responsibility lies with Ron Vlaar. He didn't take one in the last shoot
out against Costa Rica. Ron Vlaar has had a terrific game for the
Dutch, he is first up from the spot, and it is saved by Romero! Isn't
that just the way? How many times have we seen that at this level? He
has had an absolutely brilliant game of football,
has had an absolutely brilliant game Ron Vlaar, and it was just a poor
penalty. Romero guessed right, he almost didn't have to move at all.
The Dutch went four out of four against Costa Rica in the
quarterfinal, zero out of one here. And Argentina have their main man,
and regular taker, going first for them, Lionel Messi, with an extra
story being the fact that it is Jasper Cillessen in goal for the
Dutch. They couldn't make the change of putting Tim Krul on in this one,
all three substitutes used. Jasper Cillessen will want to prove he has
got what it takes will stop we know that Messi has, has he now? He has.
Never in doubt. It felt like Messi almost waited for Jasper Cillessen
to make his move. Robben against Romero. Bottom right,
this time. Arjen Robben gets the Dutch in the tech column. -- tick
column. Ezequiel Garay. Centre-back, but a player who takes a mean
penalty. He once scored seven in a single season when he was playing
for Rusev Santander -- Racing Santander. I don't suppose anyone of
those carried as much pressure as this one does.
And Garay put everything he had behind the ball! You don't save
those. He smashed it into the roof of the net. The advantage is with
Argentina. 2-1 after two of the net. The advantage is with
Argentina. 2-1 kicks each. Romero has saved one. Now he has to
try to keep out Wesley Sneijder. Saved! Brilliantly saved! Went the
right way and beat it away! Sneijder took only four steps to the ball
here, I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact it was saved?
Again, it is a great height for the goalkeeper, once you dive the right
way. Sergio Aguero, on as a substitute, can put Argentina within
touching distance of the World Cup final. He is taking a long time
about teeing the ball up as he likes it. Aguero scores! It crept under
Cillessen! Cillessen dives over this, for me.
Oh yes, he will feel he should have saved it. Durch Kuyt's turn.
Oh yes, he will feel he should have saved it. Durch Kuyt's He has to
score, he must beat Romero and put this on the net -- durch Kuyt. He
does that. Argentina, one click away from the
World Cup final. There is a swagger about Maxi Rodr?guez as he
World Cup final. There is a swagger about Maxi Rodr?guez makes his way
from the halfway line to the penalty spot. The former Liverpool man can
take his country to the Maracana with this kick. Cillessen says the
ball is not on the spot. Here comes Rodriguez, here go Argentina! They
are going to Rio, they will face the might of Germany! For the third time
in World Cup history, we are getting a final between the Germans and the
Argentinians! a final between the Germans and
Blasted in by Maxi Rodr?guez! a final between the Germans and
Blasted in Alex Sabella is one game away from the greatest prize in
world football. One step too far for the men in orange. It is Argentina
who will go on to Rio. Argentina win on penalties.
gone to extra time. Germany against Argentina, Sunday night from 7pm
with us here on BBC1. And two days before, we have a programme
celebrating our own Alan Hansen, player and pundit. Except in
Scotland, where it will be half an hour later, the rest of the UK,
10.30 5pm. Ron Vlaar was probably the Man of
the Match for football. FIFA gave it to Romero for his penalty saves.
You would expect in to save it, because it is quite close to him.
And then Sneijder, this is a wonderful save. That is all about
the goalkeeper from me. He is a hero for now, you look at how well
Holland have done and for it to end in that manner, it was tough on
them, but very disappointing compared to what we saw last night.
Romero, very similar to Julius -- Cesar, hasn't played much club foot
all. He is untidy, he doesn't catch much, but he has come up Inc in the
key moments. Louis van Gaal praised to the hilt for bringing Tim Krul on
against Costa Rica. He had made his substitutions in this game, so he
went with Cillessen. Did that increase the pressure on him? He was
hurt when he wasn't put in for that shoot out, and he wanted that big
save, and it just wasn't there. I think it was a tale of three
keepers. Look at that, he nearly saves it. And Argentina go through
constantly in the end on the basis of shoot out. Cillessen is too nice.
Tell us about it. He seems like a nice boy. He just got on with the
job. And you have to delay. Would you have preferred to see him doing
a Tim Krul, walking up to Messi? It is gamesmanship, it is annoying for
the penalty taker, and it definitely worked the Tim Krul. During the 120
minutes, we were thinking of calling it the Ron Vlaar show tonight. How
does he benefit by playing in a back three as opposed to a flat back
four? Very much so. Here, look at him. He knows he has cover around
him, and he has to do it early. Decisive, but he can be, because
people are covering. When he plays that Aston Villa, he is not nearly
as good. He can get across, be that extra man in the middle. When he is
asked to go wide on occasions, he even puts his head in here. Total
commitment. A lot of talk about three at the back. Holland have
stuck with it. Look at his touch here, nice and calm, uses it
usefully. Villa might be looking at this and wondering if they can use
it. It is all good quality defending. And look at this for
commitment. But he can do it because he has people around him helping
him. Again, it is quite simple, but it is
effective, and he is very early in his decision-making in position. You
have to do the simple things well. What might they be thinking on the
streets of Rio with Argentina now in the World Cup final on their turf?
The right two possible crumbs of consolation, one that Argentina
might lose, but also, who scored the last goal in this World Cup?
Rozelle? Something to celebrate. That is a straw to clutch at. Let's
just have a look at Arjen Robben. He only touch the ball six times, but
then right towards the end of normal time, he had a fantastic chance will
stop you will want to praise Mascherano fillies defending. -- for
his defending. He just takes one touch too many, Robben. That is
beautiful defending from Mascherano. It feels so sweet when you get there
and stop someone from scoring a certain goal. He was just trying to
take another touch to change the angle. No one will be happier than
Mascherano. If he had been cut tonight, his blood would have been
Blue and Whites. Not the greatest of semifinals this
evening, but it was never going to match the excitement and shock of
last night. Brazil are being humiliated, humbled
and taken apart, and their supporters simply cannot believe
what they are seeing. We knew we could lose, but not for
this score. I have no words. The worst thing I have ever team. The
national team is a shame for us. worst thing I have ever team. The
national team is a shame for That picture is on the big screen in
the stadium, and the crowd are booing every time the camera picks
him out. Tim Vickery, because of those tears,
avid Luiz has escaped some of the criticism that have been aimed at
his manager and his other team-mates. A little bit harsh that
the crowd turned against the centre forward on the day when the
defensive unit absolutely fell to pieces, didn't it? I hate this thing
that Brazilian crowds do of picking up one player as a scapegoat. But if
you are going to pick out one, don't pick out the centre forward. Pick
out a defender. And just one other thing. Brazil will now want an
overhaul of their system. We hope so. You don't know. There was a
preview of this in the World Club Cup, but when Barcelona beat Santos
4-0 in 2011, Pep Guardiola said that his team took the ball the way his
grandparents tell him that Brazil used to. Hopefully it will go a
little deeper this time. Tim, Martin, thank you very much. We now
have our 2014 World Cup finalists, and the Brazilians will have to
watch Argentina try to win it in their own backyard. Good night.
Germany roll on again. Extraordinary. Closer-macro scores.
We are getting a final between the Germans and
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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.