09/07/2014 Match of the Day


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.


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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.