10/07/2014 Match of the Day


10/07/2014

A chance to watch the second semi-final from the World Cup. Argentina and the Netherlands meet in Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo.


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Cup replay. It is the second semifinal from S?o Paulo. Argentina

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against the Netherlands, watched by Mark Lawrenson and Guy Mowbray.

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COMMENTATOR: Robben plays in a Dutch side showing one change from the

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dramatic quarterfinal win over Costa Rica. Robben and Ron Vlaar off it.

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-- are fit. The former Manchester City man comes back in at Memphis

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Depay's expense. Four of them got to the final, four years ago. No

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coincidence they were the first four in line to take an score penalties

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in the last game. Tettey pause back -- Turkey's C?neyt Cakir is the

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referee, having taken charge of two group games. He also had a semifinal

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at Euro 2012. Nine yellow cards out of his pocket that day in the fiery

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derby between Spain and Portugal, that went all the way to penalties.

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

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missed the quarterfinal win over Belgium. He replaces Jose Basanta

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with Enzo Perez coming into midfield to replace Angel Di Maria. It is

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only the second time the Benfica play has started in competitive

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internationals. Sergio Aguero is fit and he is on the substitutes bench.

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And as usual, it is all eyes online messy, -- online or messy, as he

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goes one cup better than Diego Maradona. -- all eyes on messy macro

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-- Messi. The frustrated Angel Di Maria can

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only watch and hope that his team get to the final and that he can

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prove his fitness. The Argentina players are wearing black armbands

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in memory of Alfredo Di Stefano who passed away on Monday, aged 88. Now

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a moment for all to mark the life of surely the greatest player never to

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have played at the World Cup finals. Whatever the outcome, we are going

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to see a final that we have had before. Be it memories of 86 and 90,

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stirred, then it was West Germany against Argentina, or you have to go

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back to 1974, for Germany against the Dutch. We should get a final to

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savour, and hopefully, a second semifinal which will not disappoint

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either, Mark. No, we have contrasting formations as well,

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3-4-1-2, against 4-2-3-1. We have too assumed that Nigel de Jong, who

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had a fitness test yesterday, a kin to match conditions. You cannot do

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what he has supposedly done to his groin and be able to play in ten

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days, can you? Huge trust placed in him and the medical staff by Louis

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Van Gaal. We will watch an idol to don carefully, certainly in the

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opening stages. -- we will watch Nigel de Jong. De Jong, getting his

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chance in the semifinal, having missed the semifinal four years ago

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through suspension. He should have been sent off in the final, by

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rights, for his karate kicked on Xabi Alonso. -- karate kick.

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Ezequiel Lavezzi ran straight into Stefan de Vrij.

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Zabaleta is on the move down the right. Peres could not get it to him

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straightaway. Martin Demichelis played against

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Belgium. This is his second game of the World Cup. The Manchester City

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man was recalled prior to the tournament, after over two and a

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half years away from the international scene, reward for his

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second half of the season form in Manchester. It's nearly bounced back

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to Messi who was being policed by Nigel de Jong. That would be the

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main reason for his inclusion. Interesting to see in the Argentina

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rucksacks, are far and how quickly Zabaleta got forward. -- Argentina

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attack. Zabaleta has not got forward much in the tournament.

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Alejandro Sabella, we used to call them Alex when he was at Sheffield

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United and Leeds, with Enzo Perez rather than Sergio Aguero, which

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suggest that Argentina are very wary of the Dutch counterattacking

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ability. The other macro the Dutch front three, Sneijder, Robben and

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Van Persie three matchwinners, ultimately.

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A great noise, as there has been for every single Argentina game. The

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most fervent bunch of supporters that there has been at this World

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Cup. Of course, they have not had far to travel, but my, have they

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travelled. I think it is two and a half hours from one of their race,

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here, biplane? Most of them have come by camper van. Two and a half

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weeks, then. Filling the roads and filling the air with noise.

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Biglia, the Latvia midfielder, has kept his place ahead of Fernando

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Gago, as the midfield shield alongside Mascherano. We have seen

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Messi touched the ball once so far, if that? Yes.

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It bounced back to Demichelis a little strongly from Mascherano. He

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looks quicker with his haircut, doesn't he? Seriously, you does.

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Very strange, that. A little less wind resistance for Martin

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Demichelis, now. In fairness to him, from December onwards, he came

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back and was brilliant for city. Yes, he was but he was a figure of

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fun for a while. Collected nicely by Sneijder, poked

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through to Robben. He is up against Zabaleta, who is forcing him away,

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and timed his tackle well. Few full-backs

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and timed his tackle well. Few better. And if you notice, he did

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not dare tackle Robben until he went out of the box and then he really

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did go to tackle him. The way he has played over the last couple of

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seasons, he must be a candidate for best full-back in the world. He

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would certainly be up there but Philipp Lahm would have a shout as

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well, wouldn't he? It depends where he wants to play, that day.

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Be flag has gone up and Argentina will have free kick. Robben did not

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hear the whistle, but then turns and sees the flag and wags his finger. A

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bit of a shaky start for both players on the near side, Dirk Kuyt

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in Orange and Marcos Rojo in blue and white. They cannot find their

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own men, can they? Good movement, well taken but then

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crowded out. It needed the parents, Demichelis and Garay. -- the pair of

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them. The Netherlands, content to pass it

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around, move and try to find spaces. They completed a remarkable 692

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passes against Costa Rica. The position is slightly different

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today. But three at the back is a wheelie good system as well for

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them. The two wingbacks, Daley Blind and Dirk Kuyt, give them the wits,

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and then Sneijder can drop in Robben and Van Persie. -- give them the

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width. It is a very wide back three as well. They are very good, because

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when they need to be, they are also very tight.

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Messi, getting involved. And he is off on one. Only so far, this time.

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The two players that have completed more dribbles than anyone else on

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the field today, Messi and Robben. A useful run from Higuain. Now Messi

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takes over. Messi is down on the floor. Wasn't that a free kick? He

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is not getting one. Into Messi's feet, and Dirk Kuyt

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with a good challenge. Ron Vlaar has measured that nicely for Arjen

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Robben. It came off Garay, and is a Dutch throw. We nearly had one of

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those classic counters. Lucky Garay got a touch otherwise they were in

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trouble, because he was on his backside and out of the game.

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Lavezzi, forced out by Stefan de Vrij. He claims and gets the free

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kick. That is a free kick. He nudges him off the ball.

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coming across to have a word. I wonder whether he wants a short free

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kick so he can run and Robben and Sneijder, I think, isn't it? Only

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two orange shirted players out, here so Messi could get on a run and

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build up some steam. It looks like they have dismissed that option for

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now, though. Jasper Cillessen, back in the Dutch goal. He has recovered

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from the disappointment of being left out of the penalty shoot out

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against Costa Rica. That is way over the top from Enzo Perez. I thought

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you were going to say it was a clearance. Why didn't they give it

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-- why didn't they give it to Messi, running against two forwards? That

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does not make sense. Both sides still testing each other out, after

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11 minutes, getting a feel for things in the very cool S?o Paulo

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air. The contrasting climactic conditions of this tournament in

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sharp focus. It is a grey day but a great day for playing in terms of

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the conditions. The city of drizzle, not disappointing. And traffic. Lots

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and lots of traffic. And fireworks. All shapes, sizes and sounds. At all

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hours. Although at one stage last night, with the Brazil fiasco, it

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sounded like more than fireworks. Distress flares. The Bellas has

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still got it! -- Alex Sabella. The fans in Yorkshire will remember

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those touches. Robben, seen off by Mascherano. But

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a little bit hasty with the clearance and Sneijder had a go. A

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bit hasty with the shot, too. Yes, he set -- it set up nicely for him

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and he thought he was under more pressure than he was. Dirk Kuyt

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heading it is Sneijder, one touch, hit early, but he hit it even

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earlier than that. Argentina have not been behind at any game in this

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World Cup finals, yet. The only team to have won every game so far, and

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all by a single goal. Nobody has had a steam-rollering from them. Lovely

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ball, that, and they could be in. Stefan de Vrij coming across and

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that is a tumble and a free kick. What a place for it, especially with

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the players Argentina have. That was good stuff from Enzo Perez. He was

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played in originally by Higuain, a great ball. It took the two Dutch

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defenders out of the game. It is a bit of a daft tackle on the edge of

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the area. It is always a risk, any contact. Ron Vlaar, in from the

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back, not a lot of contact but when you get any from him, you're going

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to fall. Absolutely, and anywhere around the box, and you are going to

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fall over. What a chance, for Leonel messy. Nobody else near this. --

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Lionel Messi. We'll Jasper Cillessen?

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I think the war is big enough. The question for the keeper is whether

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he can see what is coming behind it? -- I think the war is big

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enough. It is a big wall, as well, because the centre-backs are in it.

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Messi, straight through and well held by Cillessen. That is a great

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save. Yes, his position was excellent. Because you put the

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centre-backs in, Messi has decided he cannot go over them because there

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is not enough room to get the ball over and down so he has got to go to

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the side. I say great rather than good because how refreshing is it to

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see the goalkeeper hold? Considering he missed the last human it is of

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the last game as well. -- the last few minutes.

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Martins Indi and Daley Blind bothering Messi. But nothing much

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does. I think that is the first time we

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have mentioned Wijnaldum. And you would remember his name. I can't

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even say it. He had a quiet game against Costa Rica, too, the PSV

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Eindhoven midfielder. Enzo Perez starts to wander forward

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in front of Zabaleta. Lavezzi is seen off it by Nigel de Jong. A nice

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trip ball to Sneijder. He is looking for Dirk Kuyt but it won't get

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there. A good idea but the wrong execution. He holds his hands up.

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Let's have another look at the Messi free kick. You notice how big the

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wall is, look at it, in height, I mean. I think we will go back from

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great save to good save. A throw your cap on its save. A say.

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Zabaleta saves the ball from going out of play and it is up to Higuain,

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but Cillessen is there again. They handled the substitution, Tim Krul

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coming on for Jasper Cillessen, brilliantly. They put both

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goalkeepers up at the press Conference the next day and both

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spoke brilliantly. Leasing about it is, why wouldn't Cillessen, he has

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just got into the World Cup semifinal? You would not be sulking.

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I suppose, but initially it was a shock.

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Disquiet intriguing, this game. No real chances so far, but Argentina

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look a little bit better going forward. They look like they have

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one or two more ideas than the Dutch. And without Batman, Angel Di

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Maria. It was touch and go whether he would make it for the final if

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Argentina win. Then again, we thought Nigel de Jong was ruled out

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for the rest of the tournament. So who do we believe? It is amazing how

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muscles can heal quickly when there is a World Cup semifinal or final

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place at stake. The other thing is, because they are way, you can work

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on these guys almost 24-hour the day. You have got three or four

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physios, and it is round-the-clock treatment.

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The Argentina supporters just cranking it up a little bit in the

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stands. Higuain and Lavezzi waiting, Higuain

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trying to get across in front of Stefan de Vrij and it is a corner.

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Good play by Argentina, Stefan de Vrij and it is a corner.

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Holland no exact what they wanted to do, getting down there left and they

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still got there through Zabaleta. -- know exactly. Stefan de Vrij knew

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where the ball was going and he knew where Higuain was. Who is he

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watching now? I think he is on Demichelis. The ball is going to

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come in from Messi, and it is flat. Lavezzi's ball in an Cillessen

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gathers comfortably. -- and Cillessen. Starting his 10th

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International in a row, the Ajax goalkeeper. But all he did then was

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put Dirk Kuyt under pressure. Bruno Martins Indi cannot keep up

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with Lavezzi, here. He just about got back to stop any kind of cross.

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And he stopped the next effort. I wonder whether Lavezzi might have

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been better off going for the byline? Just inviting Martins Indi

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into the tackle. Messi is not on this corner. A

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different play from Argentina. The likes of Marcos Rojo in the box for

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Lavezzi's delivery. But cleared by Van Persie.

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It always looked likely to bounce over Lavezzi's head from Mascherano.

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I like the line from Louis van Gaal, after his penalties excess --

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penalty success come his decision to put on Tim Krul. He does not smile

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very often but in the post-match press Conference he said, " it

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worked, it was beautiful", and with a knowing smile said, "I am proud of

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that". It could have gone very wrong. Yes. Huntelaar came on and

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scored in one of the earlier games as well, another masterstroke. He

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has changed it around quite a lot. Before games, during games. In fact,

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until that change of goalkeeper against Costa Rica, it was probably

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the game in which he had done the least tinkering. Nothing to change

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so far in this one, and no change in the score.

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A couple of saves from Cillessen but nothing for Romero to do, yet. It

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might change with Van Persie, here, trying to pull it back for Dirk

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Kuyt. Lavezzi just got a yard away from

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Daley Blind. He is much quicker than Blind and he is off-balance as well.

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Dirk Kuyt helping it away. I wonder if that is one of the reasons why

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they have made the change, putting Lavezzi on that side and Enzo Perez

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on the left, where he is on the ball. Returned to him by Messi. Enzo

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Perez wanted to play it back once again to be skipper but it is a

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corner. I'm not sure he could feed it through. It was almost a dummy

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run from Messi. A good touch from Ron Vlaar, as well.

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Lavezzi will take this. Argentina putting a level of pressure on.

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Nothing too testing, just yet, for the Dutch defence. Higuain has just

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put Dirk Kuyt away, right under the referee's knows. -- has just pushed.

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In from Lavezzi and over the top. It was a chance and it looked like an

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Argentina head got to it first. Wasn't it Demichelis? He was the one

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claiming at first that it should have been another corner, but it was

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Garay, round the back of Demichelis. Has he got a kick in the head for

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his troubles as well? Yes. It did not look as though the ball came off

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Ron Vlaar. Note. He will be OK. -- know. He has broken his nose a view

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times as a centre-back. He completed a 6 million euros move to Zenit St

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Petersburg in Russia from Benfica, a couple of weeks ago. She looks like

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she has got your microphone, Mark. She would be better, that is for

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certain. Cillessen, coolly done. That was a

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slight smile, a wry grin. De Jong looking for Van Persie. It was a

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little bit different but just for a second... It went through my mind as

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well. He just had Gary a little closer to him. He did not quite have

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the room he needed but Cillessen made room beautifully, there. The

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flag is up anyway. Oh, well, the thought was good. Jeering from the

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Dutch fans when they realised that. That is what they can do, in a spit

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second, the front three, Sneijder, Robben, Van Persie. When you think

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you are comfortable, bang. -- split second.

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Plenty of time for Gary and Demichelis.

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There has been a collision on halfway and there is real concern,

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here. I think it was Wijnaldum, he

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realised straight away there was a problem with Mascherano.

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realised straight away there was a problem with This was it.

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When you had the back of somebody else's head... Not a lot you can do

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about it. Apart from field your own head. We have seen more of Di Maria

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on the bench than we did in some games. He had an absolute nightmare

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but scored that fantastic goal late on. To beat Switzerland. How he

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wishes he was out there now. Angel Di Maria sidelined I a thigh strain.

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Mascherano not sidelined yet but laid out with a sore head. That is

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the aftermath. Wijnaldum tries to hold him up. It is a boxer blow.

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Hopefully he is OK. Dirk Kuyt said, I told you we would get you! They

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will just have to make sure there are no effects of concussion. We

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have seen one game in this stadium, Alvaro Pereira, the Uruguayan

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left-back, the doctor told him to come off and he was having none of

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it. I suspect Mascherano might be similar. He is the same make,

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chiselled. Possibly unhinged slightly! He might go and boot

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somebody and say to the referee, there is still a bit of concussion

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there! Which way will he kicked it. He is all right. A pity for Holland,

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they could have been on the break. So many Argentinian players on the

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wrong side of the ball there. It was a good job but did not come off the

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head of De Vrij with any sort of major balloon effect. The goalkeeper

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cannot have shouted to him, he had loads of time and it was a nice,

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cushioned header. Van Persie handled it. Did he? I don't know what with!

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Not his hand! It was with his chest. He was a doubt with a stomach

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problem, Van Persie. Daryl Janmaat the same, he is fit to be on the

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bench for the Netherlands. The belated tried to play it through

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Daley Blind. -- Zabaleta. We have not seen Daley Blind as an attacking

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force yet. He has a good left foot. Dirk Kuyt had pulled out wide but

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the option was closed down and taken away by Perez. Former Dutch players

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had doubts about Cillessen to this World Cup, they thought he was

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mentally fragile but he looks cool on the ball tonight. He looks very

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cool. One of his idols is Van der Sar. Isn't he the marketing manager?

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With Ajax? Yes. Similar styles. He says he has modelled himself

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mentally on Van der Sar. You are not putting him above Manuel Neuer,

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though? No. The German goalkeeper has won many fans, as if he did

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though? No. The German goalkeeper have enough. That is that ball

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forward for Holland. It came off Demichelis, the corner is the

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correct call. Vlaar has made a decent run but it

:34:48.:35:06.

is over him. Lovely ball again and Romero had to take it away from

:35:07.:35:10.

DeVry. This is a good spell for the Dutch. De Vrij is still up there.

:35:11.:35:19.

Van Persie was offside. The Dutch supporters get to their feet but

:35:20.:35:22.

realised it would not have mattered. As the referee blew his whistle, the

:35:23.:35:32.

Dutch contingent went up. That is why. It doesn't look right, punching

:35:33.:35:40.

it, but the first punch was excellent. You do is to never in

:35:41.:35:50.

control, are you? -- you are just never in control. The mero is an

:35:51.:35:54.

experienced Hull keeper but perhaps a little rusty after only playing

:35:55.:36:01.

three times in the French top division for Monaco -- Romero is an

:36:02.:36:13.

experienced goalkeeper. But it has not kept him his World Cup place and

:36:14.:36:17.

he has kept a clean sheet in their last two games. Not tested

:36:18.:36:23.

extensively by Switzerland or Belgium, certainly not by Belgium.

:36:24.:36:31.

That would have been a free kick but advantage Argentina. Just as well

:36:32.:36:35.

for Mascherano because he gave it away in the first place. Messi was

:36:36.:36:43.

sublime against Belgium at the weekend but has not had a chance to

:36:44.:36:45.

make his mark on this game yet. Lavezzi gets lucky with the bounce

:36:46.:37:09.

back, he was trying to find Perez. Messi is offside. If Argentina are

:37:10.:37:17.

going to get in any area of the pitch at the moment, it is down

:37:18.:37:19.

there right. My glasses just steamed up a little

:37:20.:37:37.

bit then. Nigel de Jong. He is looking for Van Persie.

:37:38.:37:50.

This second World Cup semifinal is going through a bit of a scrappy

:37:51.:37:57.

stage. A stage where nobody is really in charge of the game. While

:37:58.:38:02.

it is intriguing, nothing really great has happened so far, we are

:38:03.:38:06.

all waiting for this game to take off. We have not seen Arjen Robben

:38:07.:38:15.

at all. No, and you could argue Van Persie similar, Messi to a certain

:38:16.:38:16.

degree. That was well done by Lavezzi in the

:38:17.:38:30.

first instance. The flag is up here. That was just a little bit careless

:38:31.:38:38.

and it is a free kick for the Dutch. It is when you can see across the

:38:39.:38:44.

line. Higuain was the culprit. He was in a great position, as in being

:38:45.:38:49.

able to see, but was just in the wrong position.

:38:50.:39:13.

We can hear "Holland" ringing around the arena.

:39:14.:39:28.

Higuain is in the centre and Ron Vlaar got across to him at just the

:39:29.:39:37.

right time. Great tackle by Ron Vlaar. Kept in play. And then

:39:38.:39:47.

Sneijder was dumped to the floor unceremoniously. It was Martin

:39:48.:39:56.

Demichelis who kicked right at him. It has to be a booking, surely. It

:39:57.:40:03.

isn't, no sign of it, just a word from the Turkish referee. This was

:40:04.:40:08.

the interception from Ron Vlaar, he is great at that. The thought was,

:40:09.:40:13.

after what happened to Neymar in particular, that referees would lose

:40:14.:40:19.

their lenient take as has been the case for most of the competition,

:40:20.:40:23.

for the rest of it, but no great change in style. That has to be a

:40:24.:40:26.

yellow. I would love to see the heat map of

:40:27.:40:42.

how many touches Biglia in midfield for Argentina has actually had. Not

:40:43.:40:50.

a lot of heat anywhere in this stadium tonight.

:40:51.:40:56.

Messi blocked by Martins Indi and the referee already had his whistle

:40:57.:41:11.

to his lips. A free kick to Argentina and Martins Indi might be

:41:12.:41:14.

the first recipient of a yellow card. He might be. He was checking

:41:15.:41:21.

in his pocket to see if he still had it. He might not be. Again, I think

:41:22.:41:31.

it is just a word of calm. He did set the tone with the Demichelis

:41:32.:41:37.

incident a moment ago. Therein lies the problem. It is a yellow, he has

:41:38.:41:42.

blocked him off. Sneijder was caught at the start of the Argentinian move

:41:43.:41:49.

when he basically got clattered. Listen, we want them to keep players

:41:50.:41:54.

on the pitch, absolutely all day long but a booking is a booking. The

:41:55.:41:59.

other thing, whether it is in the second second or the 95th minute, it

:42:00.:42:05.

is still a yellow. Much criticism of the Spanish referee who basically

:42:06.:42:10.

let the situation billed until Neymar got his back broken. That was

:42:11.:42:18.

ridiculous. -- let the situation build-up. The same situation from

:42:19.:42:24.

the insurance agent from Istanbul who is in charge of this one. Messi

:42:25.:42:36.

skips away from Robben. Just asked a little bit too much of Perez and

:42:37.:42:40.

Couchman was there to meet him. I am not sure that Perez was ready for

:42:41.:42:48.

it. -- Dirk Kuyt was there to meet him. Sneijder is still off the

:42:49.:42:55.

field, the Dutch are down to ten men to Pirelli. -- temporarily. One shot

:42:56.:43:07.

on target? The free kick from Messi? That was well held by Cillessen. I

:43:08.:43:13.

am calling it a hold now, not a save.

:43:14.:43:20.

Ron Vlaar just got it away from Messi but the young was closed down

:43:21.:43:28.

by Mascherano and that has sparked a chance to attack for Argentina.

:43:29.:43:45.

40 pretty low-key minutes played so far. The Dutch have done most of

:43:46.:44:07.

their good work in the second halves of the games so far in this World

:44:08.:44:13.

Cup. 10/12 goals scored have come after the break. We have barely had

:44:14.:44:23.

a chance worthy of the name in this first half. Argentina just shading

:44:24.:44:29.

it as far as attacking intent goes. Higuain keeps his feet under

:44:30.:44:34.

pressure from Ron Vlaar who at least he has dragged out of defence. That

:44:35.:44:39.

is the good thing if you play three, the other two just inch towards the

:44:40.:44:47.

centre. And Dirk Kuyt and Daley Blind immediately retreat. Yes. De

:44:48.:45:00.

Jong stuck with Messi. Perez lost the chance. It looks like a trip or

:45:01.:45:08.

a push from Messi on Sneijder and Sneijder is getting a little wound

:45:09.:45:12.

up. He has been whacked three times the last time he has touched the

:45:13.:45:24.

ball, that is why. It was a poor touch from Perez. He took a knock

:45:25.:45:31.

himself from De Vrij for his trouble. Zabaleta has been penalised

:45:32.:45:40.

and now a Netherlands free kick. We need something to happen, in all

:45:41.:45:46.

honesty. Blind wanted to take that quickly down the left but Schneider

:45:47.:45:52.

did not see it, he ignored it. -- Sneijder. I seem to remember the

:45:53.:45:57.

general with the trophy from four years ago. He did not get to take it

:45:58.:46:01.

home then. Wijnaldum has to go back to Martins

:46:02.:46:27.

Indi. He has Higuain running at him and now at Cillessen who has pulled

:46:28.:46:33.

into a safe, wide position. Dirk Kuyt, got a bit lucky and bundled

:46:34.:46:40.

through Perez. That free kick probably summed up the first half.

:46:41.:47:03.

Wijnaldum is pestered by Mascherano, one of the better players on show.

:47:04.:47:17.

It has been that sort of game, where those who have destroyed and snuff

:47:18.:47:23.

out have been on top. Demichelis is an example. Biglia went in and won

:47:24.:47:31.

it, got it a fraction of a second in front of Sneijder. Ron Vlaar did

:47:32.:47:40.

well, not just to get there in the first instance but keep it in and

:47:41.:47:46.

now it is Messi, through the gap. Stopped and they yellow card is out

:47:47.:47:52.

now for Martins Indi. Sneijder is into him as well about the yonks.

:47:53.:47:56.

Both of them will have a go. He got away with one. -- about Nigel de

:47:57.:48:04.

Jong. You cannot say it is justice because he should have been booked

:48:05.:48:06.

for the first one. He's certainly stopped Messi there,

:48:07.:48:19.

put his arm across to prevent him getting up to top speed. That man

:48:20.:48:28.

Messi will now try to tease the right ball into the Dutch penalty

:48:29.:48:29.

area. The whistle has gone. Yes.

:48:30.:48:47.

Presumably for the challenge on the goalkeeper. It is that arm from

:48:48.:48:56.

Rojo. First half stoppage time, there will be two minutes on. It

:48:57.:49:01.

would be nice if we got two chances in those minutes.

:49:02.:49:08.

Lots of room for Blind, Lavezzi comes across to meet him. Alejandro

:49:09.:49:17.

Sabella made that change very quickly, Lavezzi went from

:49:18.:49:22.

left-to-right, Perez came to the near side as we watched it and they

:49:23.:49:27.

have not switched back. Know, and they will stay there until

:49:28.:49:32.

half-time. De Jong looks all right, he, after tearing his groin. Pulling

:49:33.:49:39.

it a touch might be a better reassessment.

:49:40.:50:00.

Higuain is having to work up there. Slightly more mobile number nine

:50:01.:50:12.

than the man we have seen in yellow throughout this tournament. Yes. We

:50:13.:50:21.

should leave him alone now, really. He had a bad day yesterday. Messi

:50:22.:50:29.

should leave him alone now, really. fires a wonderful ball to Rojo,

:50:30.:50:35.

first time... Next time. Martins Indi is not going to be beaten by

:50:36.:50:43.

Lavezzi that easily. Throwing. Orange one. Rojo should have done

:50:44.:50:50.

better. There is no time for the throw, that will do it for the first

:50:51.:50:55.

in S?o Paulo and it has been a case of a lot of good players out there

:50:56.:50:58.

not being able to show their full range of talents because our lot of

:50:59.:51:02.

other players out there are snuffing them out successfully. No real

:51:03.:51:08.

chances, not a great deal of excitement yet, no nearer to knowing

:51:09.:51:12.

who will play Germany on Sunday. 0-0.

:51:13.:51:36.

After what seemed like a delay, the Argentinian team have taken the

:51:37.:51:45.

field for the second half. The Dutch have been there for some time having

:51:46.:51:51.

made a half-time change. Daryl Janmaat has come on wearing seven

:51:52.:51:54.

and taken the place of Bruno Martins Indi. The team in Orange, the

:51:55.:52:01.

Netherlands get as started and Mark Lawrenson can tell us what that

:52:02.:52:05.

means. Daley Blind will play as the third centre-back on the left,

:52:06.:52:10.

Janmaat will be on the right, Dirk out on the left and the rest remains

:52:11.:52:17.

the same. -- Dirk Kuyt. Just a slight tinkering from Louis Van Gaal

:52:18.:52:22.

in personnel rather than shape. Perhaps worried about the booking

:52:23.:52:27.

form teams in the. Especially as he was on a booking plus, if you like.

:52:28.:52:32.

Janmaat has his first touch and gives it away. That is cynical. That

:52:33.:52:40.

should be a booking. That was absolutely cynical from Stefan de

:52:41.:52:44.

Vrij, and took the man out completely and it has to be a yellow

:52:45.:52:48.

card but it is not going to believe. You cannot just warn him

:52:49.:52:52.

for that, he was away. That is ridiculous, E. I hope he is not

:52:53.:52:59.

thinking it was the first tackle of the second half. -- that is

:53:00.:53:08.

ridiculous, referee. That was the most premeditated foul we have seen

:53:09.:53:14.

in the game yet. Louis Van Gaal will agree with the referee all day of

:53:15.:53:15.

course. Sneijder looking for Robben, we have

:53:16.:53:26.

all been looking for Robben in the games so far. The throwing goes to

:53:27.:53:35.

his team, not his team. -- the throw in.

:53:36.:53:59.

That is a Miss Jude punt. It is because he has got his boot off --

:54:00.:54:13.

miscued punt. Ezequiel Garay buying himself some time. The boot is on

:54:14.:54:21.

the other foot now! The centre-back debts himself re-shod and Janmaat

:54:22.:54:28.

will take the throw in. This would be a peculiar way to bring about a

:54:29.:54:37.

goal if it happens. He will not find Van Persie with that.

:54:38.:54:46.

A neat little touch and one from Robben as well. Dirk

:54:47.:54:51.

Kuyt will come onto this. Robben was pulled back and it will

:54:52.:55:12.

be a free kick. Demichelis is holding his nose but it was a foul

:55:13.:55:17.

by the Manchester City man on the Bayern Munich flyer. And he might

:55:18.:55:22.

get booked here, would you believe? He is. Yellow for Demichelis,

:55:23.:55:29.

another player who got away with one in the first half. Former Bayern

:55:30.:55:36.

Munich team-mates for a season and a half. Demichelis actually quite

:55:37.:55:43.

vocal in the Argentinian before the match saying that Robben is not a

:55:44.:55:47.

fighter but the great player and he would have a go at him early. It has

:55:48.:55:59.

taken him a while. I think as well, saying to the referee, what about

:56:00.:56:03.

the foul at the start of the second half? He booked Demichelis, that is

:56:04.:56:15.

fine, but consistency is the key. Schneider or Robben -- Sneijder. He

:56:16.:56:18.

just sensed there was a chance to catch out Romero had not his best

:56:19.:56:26.

effort. No. The referee put the paints down and the two players just

:56:27.:56:32.

moved to the side. That is the technical expression, laying the

:56:33.:56:40.

paint down. We might be seeing that in a few European leagues next

:56:41.:56:45.

season, it seems to have gone an well. The Premier League? I thought

:56:46.:56:48.

I read that somewhere. May be. That is a great ball but the flag is

:56:49.:57:04.

up against Messi, Cillessen was out to meet him but it will not count,

:57:05.:57:12.

don't worry, it is wide anyway. The flag went up very sharply. Yes. But,

:57:13.:57:34.

but, Holland went two against two. Mascherano saw it straight away with

:57:35.:57:42.

a wonderful ball through. Just at the moment as well, Argentina have

:57:43.:57:48.

got Higuain on the right, Lavezzi on the left and Messi is playing

:57:49.:57:51.

through the middle at the moment so they have also changed. Maybe he

:57:52.:57:58.

fancies a run at Ron Vlaar. He would with those little scampering legs

:57:59.:58:07.

around you. Time for the Argentinian supporters to raise it a little.

:58:08.:58:11.

They do say that playing against a back three that you either play one

:58:12.:58:20.

up or three up, never two. Wijnaldum lost it, Messi will have a run at

:58:21.:58:28.

Ron Vlaar, he got some help. That is De Vrij down to Janmaat.

:58:29.:58:34.

De Vrij again just shouldered Lavezzi out of his way.

:58:35.:58:49.

Yes, Argentina have definitely gone three up front.

:58:50.:59:21.

Dirk Kuyt gets it away before Zabaleta appeared to bother him and

:59:22.:59:29.

returned by Daley Blind. He is playing as one of three central

:59:30.:59:34.

defenders now, a very versatile player, the son of assistant coach

:59:35.:59:39.

Danny. I think you might have called him Danny earlier! Sorry! I have

:59:40.:59:46.

done, three or four times in the tournament!

:59:47.:59:59.

Nothing to choose between the teams. We knew it would not be anywhere

:00:00.:00:04.

near as open as the first semifinal. It could not possibly be. Then

:00:05.:00:08.

again, I don't think any game you will see for the next four years

:00:09.:00:11.

will be. But this is really cagey. Sneijder has taken some stick. He

:00:12.:00:36.

was followed by Biglia that time. A free kick against Argentina. A howl

:00:37.:00:45.

of anguish from Higuain. It is a foul, isn't it? Maybe a chance for

:00:46.:00:50.

Robben through the middle but cannot go any further. There is your man,

:00:51.:00:56.

Biglia getting back. Can you see Van Persie on the right? It is the old

:00:57.:01:04.

hands on hips. He did not look, did he? He only had eyes for Demichelis

:01:05.:01:09.

and he did not see Van Persie or Biglia coming in from the side to

:01:10.:01:16.

win it. Zabaleta will not be able to keep that in. Just a little more

:01:17.:01:21.

animated now, Alex keep that in. Just a little more

:01:22.:01:25.

used to know him. Did you play against him? I think he probably

:01:26.:01:31.

did, I don't know if it was Sheffield United or Leeds but I

:01:32.:01:32.

would have thought so. He was all left foot, if I remember.

:01:33.:01:48.

He had two nicknames, the magician or the sloths. You could take your

:01:49.:01:53.

pick, depending on what kind of day he was having. He was fiery as

:01:54.:01:59.

well, I think. Find me an Argentine player who isn't. Messi called Ron

:02:00.:02:04.

Vlaar off-balance but a good recovery from the Aston Villa man.

:02:05.:02:10.

-- court Ron Vlaar. We are getting a bit of pace to the game, now. We

:02:11.:02:14.

are, the telescopic legs coming out from Ron Vlaar.

:02:15.:02:21.

You just get the feeling that the chances. To come. Demichelis. On

:02:22.:02:31.

Sneijder. -- that the chances will start to come.

:02:32.:02:47.

You would play three at the back all day if you are Aston Villa, wouldn't

:02:48.:02:54.

you? With the competition Ron Vlaar has had. I am sure Roy Keane will be

:02:55.:02:58.

watching with interest. Although they have signed Senderos. A World

:02:59.:03:12.

Cup player. Speaks five averages. Another look at the wonderful tackle

:03:13.:03:16.

from Ron Vlaar. Again, it is one he had to get right. We have reached

:03:17.:03:21.

the point of no return a bit in this game.

:03:22.:03:21.

had to get right. We have reached the point of no return a bit in The

:03:22.:03:24.

players are suddenly thinking, " come on, let's have a go". One goal

:03:25.:03:29.

might take you to the Maracana and the World Cup final. But to get a

:03:30.:03:36.

goal, you have to gamble. And the Netherlands have to get Arjen Robben

:03:37.:03:40.

into the game more. All he has to get himself into the game. Which is

:03:41.:03:42.

it? A bit of both, I think. Higuain was a bit quicker than

:03:43.:03:51.

Stefan de Vrij. With Holland, it might be a case of

:03:52.:04:05.

getting Sneijder on the ball more, than robbing an Van Persie. You have

:04:06.:04:10.

mentioned the key front three but none of them have really seen as

:04:11.:04:14.

much of the ball as they would like. And neither has Messi.

:04:15.:04:21.

Mascherano has dropped off to the left.

:04:22.:04:31.

I think they are waiting for the one moment of magic. There are three or

:04:32.:04:38.

four players on the field, some more prominent than others, likely to

:04:39.:04:38.

provide it. The flag stays down as Lavezzi gets

:04:39.:04:53.

onto the ball. Ron Vlaar is beaten. But we header goes away from goal,

:04:54.:04:57.

from Higuain. Or was it good defending from Daryl Janmaat to win

:04:58.:05:02.

it? It was the latter, most definitely, Janmaat did great.

:05:03.:05:19.

Acer in for the Dutch. Someone just cluttered Robben as well. Marcos

:05:20.:05:25.

Rojo, sliding through. Seeing red. Messi thought that should have been

:05:26.:05:44.

his throw. Not his game, so far, so far. No, well, the four big stars

:05:45.:05:48.

you have mentioned, none of them... Ron Vlaar with a good ball for

:05:49.:06:02.

Sneijder but not such a good ball from him to Van Persie. Could he

:06:03.:06:07.

have had an extra touch and maybe taken a shot? Sneijder wins it back.

:06:08.:06:14.

Enzo Perez cannot do any more than tackle.

:06:15.:06:35.

Sneijder has ghosted forward as an extra striker, here. Wijnaldum is on

:06:36.:06:44.

the run. Dirk Kuyt spotted him but could not find him. Romero, all over

:06:45.:06:51.

it. That is the other thing, when you look at it, neither team from

:06:52.:06:56.

wide areas has put particularly good service into the front players,

:06:57.:07:01.

neither team. The highlights have been the singing and the nonstop

:07:02.:07:05.

encouragement of the Argentina supporters, really, and they are

:07:06.:07:09.

going again. They have been taunted by some of their Brazilian

:07:10.:07:13.

counterparts here, watching. They have been singing, " five times

:07:14.:07:17.

champions". But they will not be this year.

:07:18.:07:24.

The chance is still there, of course, for Argentina to close the

:07:25.:07:30.

gap, win a third World Cup. Marcos Rojo was careless, there.

:07:31.:07:48.

Janmaat just let it run too far in front of him. He was late in. It was

:07:49.:08:01.

a lunge. Lucas Biglia, in the wars. It is one of those, you know it is

:08:02.:08:06.

coming, but once you are committed, you cannot get out of the way. A bit

:08:07.:08:12.

of his knee and a bit of his boot and quite a lot of starred. Nigel de

:08:13.:08:17.

Jong has lasted past the hour, which is longer than we thought he would

:08:18.:08:21.

last. It was really doubtful. In fact, we thought he was out for the

:08:22.:08:25.

tournament with a groin problem but now he goes off, to be replaced by

:08:26.:08:29.

22-year-old Jordy Clasie of Feyenoord, baying for his country

:08:30.:08:34.

for only the ninth time, his first appearance at this or any World Cup.

:08:35.:08:40.

-- playing for his country. The squad Louis Van Gaal picked before

:08:41.:08:44.

setting off for Brazil showed that he is not bothered. Never mind your

:08:45.:08:50.

age. If you are good enough, you are old enough. And it is also his way

:08:51.:08:54.

or the highway. He is very much that kind of manager. The Dutch have made

:08:55.:09:03.

a midfield change, but Argentina might have two after this. They do

:09:04.:09:09.

have the right man in Fernando Gago, should Biglia have to go off. It

:09:10.:09:14.

would be like for like. Look at his face. He did something similar.

:09:15.:09:27.

It looks like they are trying to patch him up.

:09:28.:09:46.

Argentina are preparing to make a change of they have do. There is

:09:47.:09:53.

Gago, number five. -- if they have do. He has played in every game and

:09:54.:09:58.

started three of them. You may have to wait a bit longer for his chance.

:09:59.:10:00.

It caught his arm as well, look. Alejandro Sabella making his point

:10:01.:10:26.

keenly. The rain has started to fall a lot more heavily in S?o Paulo now.

:10:27.:10:33.

It may just speed the pitch up a little bit, and therefore the game,

:10:34.:10:34.

we hope. Those backpasses might take an a bit

:10:35.:11:33.

of a high level of risk, now, with a slick surface. The rain is really

:11:34.:11:40.

coming down. It is heavy and steady. And if you look, tactically, it is

:11:41.:11:44.

always intriguing, but both teams have never really been pulled out of

:11:45.:11:45.

position at any stage. Daley Blind, getting it away before

:11:46.:12:01.

Higuain's challenge came in. Dirk Kuyt versus Zabaleta. Room for

:12:02.:12:20.

Jordy Clasie. Not exactly flowing, but it is still moving for the

:12:21.:12:25.

Dutch. Robben did well to control it. It was a poor ball from

:12:26.:12:30.

Wijnaldum. Clasie, spraying it about a bit, having only just joined

:12:31.:12:33.

Wijnaldum. Clasie, spraying it about action. Not a bad cross from Dirk

:12:34.:12:38.

Kuyt Boswell defended. -- but well defended.

:12:39.:12:51.

Getting towards the three quarters mark of the game and it is still

:12:52.:12:58.

goalless. You could argue as well that certainly, Holland have the

:12:59.:13:00.

more attacking midfielders on the pitch. Ron Vlaar just got there and

:13:01.:13:03.

got something on the ball. Robben, looking a bit more busy and

:13:04.:13:30.

more interested and more involved. They are moving it around quicker,

:13:31.:13:35.

the Netherlands. Oh, dear me, Daley Blind has its head in his hands.

:13:36.:13:42.

the Netherlands. Oh, dear me, Daley should have gone right foot, but he

:13:43.:13:47.

went outside left. His dad has his arms folded. Denying all knowledge

:13:48.:13:54.

of him. I think, just the fact that the Dutch have sent Clasie on, it is

:13:55.:13:59.

like they are trying to say, " come on, let's get hold of the ball and

:14:00.:14:05.

start to play". Clasie was all over Lionel Messi. Of course, he has to

:14:06.:14:09.

do that job as well, taking over from Nigel de Jong. A bit too eager,

:14:10.:14:12.

that time. He did not quite get that right, and

:14:13.:14:38.

well won by Janmaat. Mascherano, back to stop Robben. Janmaat is

:14:39.:14:43.

still down in his own half of the field. The Dutch are getting on with

:14:44.:14:53.

it. Dirk Kuyt has swung it in and Wijnaldum is blocked off. It is a

:14:54.:15:00.

corner, if it goes. It will now be a Netherlands throw and finally,

:15:01.:15:08.

Janmaat can receive treatment. He won the header and just got caught,

:15:09.:15:15.

I think, here. Ouch! That must have been his cheekbone. Dear, oh dear.

:15:16.:15:23.

It is always when you least it, you get it. It was right on the

:15:24.:15:27.

cheekbone, as he went in with Marcos Rojo. He is sitting up, Daryl

:15:28.:15:32.

Janmaat. He has done well to coming on at half-time, done really well

:15:33.:15:35.

defensively. There are, almost attacking, trying to spark an

:15:36.:15:39.

attacking move for the Netherlands. -- there, almost attacking.

:15:40.:15:45.

Interesting, that was one of those occasions that makes a mockery of

:15:46.:15:51.

teams that have not got possession and Dara man down, asking the

:15:52.:15:55.

opposition to put it out. They were not going to do it themselves, not

:15:56.:16:02.

while they were moving forward. Janmaat might well being the Premier

:16:03.:16:06.

League next season. He has been linked heavily with Newcastle and

:16:07.:16:10.

Manchester United, as I supposed asked about everyone in the Dutch

:16:11.:16:13.

team has been, given the new manager. -- as I suppose just about

:16:14.:16:16.

everyone. Janmaat has come, feel. -- has come

:16:17.:16:31.

back on the field. His cheeks have survived.

:16:32.:16:37.

Jordy Clasie has come on with a point to prove. No World Cup action

:16:38.:16:44.

at all before his introduction here, for Nigel de Jong. No fear as well,

:16:45.:16:47.

I would suggest. Enzo Perez was chased all the way by

:16:48.:17:28.

Sneijder. Room on the far side for Marcos Rojo. He now has it under

:17:29.:17:34.

control and attacks Janmaat and Stefan de Vrij. Helped by Lavezzi. A

:17:35.:17:40.

bit of room for Lavezzi. His shot goes straight into the solid body of

:17:41.:17:52.

Ron Vlaar. Stefan de Vrij comes across to challenge. Better from

:17:53.:17:55.

Argentina, they little bit of urgency. We have hardly seen them

:17:56.:18:02.

attack in the second half. Sneijder running into trouble, in the

:18:03.:18:11.

un-movable former Zabaleta. Messi. -- an movable form of Zabaleta.

:18:12.:18:16.

Something is going to happen soon. It may be a mistake that leads to a

:18:17.:18:19.

goal, but we need something, as neutrals.

:18:20.:18:28.

Messi, bouncing back to his feet to keep Argentina in possession. Enzo

:18:29.:18:34.

Perez, nudging it forward to Higuain. Ron Vlaar is all over him

:18:35.:18:40.

and into him. The ball is out. I think he just dived on the bull with

:18:41.:18:44.

his head at the end, it seemed. See what he does, here. Get in there,

:18:45.:18:50.

Ron. Brilliant. You are not getting past.

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It will be a free kick, perhaps not surprisingly, rather than a throw.

:18:58.:19:08.

18 minutes of the 90 remaining. Argentina have not shown much as an

:19:09.:19:15.

attacking force at all since half-time. Rojo is up for the Messi

:19:16.:19:23.

free kick. The movement is more intense, now, in the middle. It is

:19:24.:19:25.

over the goalkeeper and everyone. intense, now, in the middle. It is

:19:26.:19:29.

is human! Not like him. You can't overstate the pressure

:19:30.:19:48.

that is on Lionel Messi. He overtakes Diego Maradona's number of

:19:49.:19:53.

caps in this game and is on 92 now. All the time, he will be aware of

:19:54.:19:58.

the reports that he cannot be considered a world great until he

:19:59.:20:01.

does what Maradona and Pele and company did before him. He did it to

:20:02.:20:06.

some extent. With a not very good team, by the way, as well. Dirk Kuyt

:20:07.:20:12.

apologising to the world. Louis van Gaal is not having it.

:20:13.:20:30.

Conditions to match the game, pretty grim. The aero slipping as he

:20:31.:20:40.

cleared. -- Romero slipping. Robben is onto it, brilliantly taken.

:20:41.:20:44.

Janmaat outside him. Van Persie is in the box but offside anyway. And

:20:45.:20:50.

he was the wrong side of the goal. It would have been a wonderful

:20:51.:20:54.

finish, from there. But well played by Robin, great first touch, and

:20:55.:21:02.

great play by Janmaat as well. Robin van Persie has not had a sniff. No,

:21:03.:21:12.

no. We could say the same about Messi, couldn't we?

:21:13.:21:26.

Ron Vlaar has had an excellent game at the heart of the Dutch defence.

:21:27.:21:33.

He might be the game's best player at the moment. I kind of thing that

:21:34.:21:40.

tells you about the game. Yes. Kept in play by Enzo Perez. Sneijder is

:21:41.:21:45.

after it, lovely, teasing ball! It is into the side netting. What a

:21:46.:21:49.

ball from Enzo Perez. But it could not find the finish from Higuain.

:21:50.:21:54.

Brilliant. Supporters at the other end of the ground thought it was in,

:21:55.:22:03.

seeing the net billowing from the foreign. Did the flight go up

:22:04.:22:07.

anyway? Play has gone on, as it should, with Jordy Clasie, looking

:22:08.:22:12.

for Van Persie. Demichelis away. It is looking a lot more open, now.

:22:13.:22:18.

Enzo Perez with one of the parties of the match. -- passes of the

:22:19.:22:22.

match. Robben shimmying past Zabaleta. Look

:22:23.:22:31.

how deep Dirk Kuyt is. Zabaleta shuts the door on Daley

:22:32.:23:06.

Blind. Good work again from Ron Vlaar, on

:23:07.:23:22.

his way, at the moment to maybe being Man of the Match in the World

:23:23.:23:26.

Cup semifinal. Years going to job forward and stay up there. Free kick

:23:27.:23:29.

to Holland for the foul on Daley Blind. I would have thought

:23:30.:23:38.

Argentina are thinking about making a change. They must be. Surely they

:23:39.:23:45.

need to try and affect the game? We keep on hearing Sergio Aguero is

:23:46.:23:54.

fit. Sneijder with the free kick. Nobody is that deep all that tall.

:23:55.:24:01.

Argentina goalkick. Very similar to Messi's wasted free kick a few

:24:02.:24:06.

moments ago. He has only got one change left, Louis Van Gaal. Will he

:24:07.:24:08.

save it for the penalties? Indeed. That was Higuain's opportunity. He

:24:09.:24:24.

immediately looked at the referee's assistant.

:24:25.:24:32.

12 and a half minutes of regulation time to go. The big winners at the

:24:33.:24:41.

moment are Germany. The big winners yesterday and this evening, they

:24:42.:24:50.

will be sitting back, relaxing with a gluhwein or two, and an extra

:24:51.:24:54.

day's rest because they will want this to go all the way if it can.

:24:55.:25:01.

Mind you, they had an extra half rest. What do you mean, half? It was

:25:02.:25:08.

like an under nines game in the first half. One team kept chasing,

:25:09.:25:14.

and the other one gets scoring. Very, very different semifinals.

:25:15.:25:19.

Zabaleta. Enzo Perez is having a much better

:25:20.:25:35.

second half. Yes. The thing about Argentina is, look out the

:25:36.:25:39.

Mascherano goes for the ball. He almost plays at centre-back at

:25:40.:25:42.

times. Biglia is in front of him and he is basically an up and down

:25:43.:25:47.

midfield player, who will just close people down. He is not exactly a

:25:48.:25:52.

passer. They are lacking in that department, aren't they? You are not

:25:53.:25:56.

telling me that one of the centre-backs cannot do what

:25:57.:26:01.

Mascherano is doing. He is doing it pretty well. There is no argument

:26:02.:26:06.

about that, but you are a player like in the forward areas. Messi

:26:07.:26:12.

running straight into Janmaat. It runs away from Robben.

:26:13.:26:21.

Looking down at the bench, to see if there is any sign of a change, there

:26:22.:26:28.

is movement for Argentina. It looks as though Rodrigo Palacio is going

:26:29.:26:31.

to come on. If they are going to put a forward on, I would have thought

:26:32.:26:37.

it would have been a wearer. He is starting to jog a little bit down

:26:38.:26:40.

there as well. It might be both of them. There we go, talk about

:26:41.:26:45.

affecting the game, changing the game. This is a signal. Two forwards

:26:46.:26:49.

about to take the field for Argentina.

:26:50.:27:07.

Misjudgement by Mascherano but tidied up by Demichelis.

:27:08.:27:13.

Daley Blind, looking for Wijnaldum again. Ezequiel Garay got the call

:27:14.:27:21.

from Rojo to leave it. They worked it out between them. Good play by

:27:22.:27:26.

Rojo because he is facing the balls he does not need to make a decision.

:27:27.:27:33.

Here we go. Argentina are taking off Enzo Perez, and the first player on

:27:34.:27:40.

will be Inter Milan's Rodrigo Palacio. 19 goals last season. He a

:27:41.:27:51.

live wire as well. He is a forward, isn't he? Oh, yes, plays as the lone

:27:52.:27:56.

striker for Inter Milan, more often than not. Is he the boy with the

:27:57.:28:03.

right's tale, for want of a better description? I am not sure that is a

:28:04.:28:08.

hairdresser's term. It is off centre as well, jaunty. And the other

:28:09.:28:12.

change will see the return of Sergio Aguero, who has had a groin problem.

:28:13.:28:16.

Of course, he has been beset by injuries since the turn of the year

:28:17.:28:18.

for Majesty city. injuries since the turn of the year

:28:19.:28:24.

board is like a borrowed so, now. -- Manchester City. And the

:28:25.:28:32.

substitute's board is like a bar of soap. Gonzalo Higuain is going off,

:28:33.:28:38.

rather forlornly. As you would in a World Cup semifinal. Yes, he scored

:28:39.:28:42.

a good goal in the last round to get them through but he has probably

:28:43.:28:48.

been average at best, Higuain. On comes a player who rarely years but

:28:49.:28:52.

has never scored at the World Cup. Three games, here, and three in

:28:53.:28:57.

South Africa, two from the bench and he has gone five games without an

:28:58.:28:59.

international goal, Aguero. So, it will be Rodrigo Palacio down

:29:00.:29:19.

the right, and it looks at the moment as though Aguero is going to

:29:20.:29:24.

go through the middle. Yes. Lavezzi on the left and Messi to tuck in

:29:25.:29:30.

behind and play where he wants. Basically an extra forward on,

:29:31.:29:31.

great. Sabella has played his cards with

:29:32.:30:02.

seven minutes to go. Messi has got it out to Rojo and he

:30:03.:30:17.

has gone from distance. Cillessen runs into a wearer. I think Aguero

:30:18.:30:23.

tried to flick it out. The Dutch players are saying it should be a

:30:24.:30:29.

booking. He knows where he is, very deliberate. Not a bad shot from Rojo

:30:30.:30:35.

considering it is getting slippery now and quite wet. He did not catch

:30:36.:30:38.

it cleanly. Patty cake patter cake. We have seen glimpses in the last 20

:30:39.:30:51.

minutes or so of Robben and still only glimpses of Messi. Biglia was

:30:52.:30:59.

pounced upon by Dirk Kuyt. That is a daft prowl. -- daft free kick.

:31:00.:31:25.

Mascherano, formerly of the club that will be moving into this

:31:26.:31:33.

ground, Corinthians, briefly, for moving to West Ham and then

:31:34.:31:46.

Liverpool. Great interception it yet again for the umpteenth time from

:31:47.:31:47.

Ron Vlaar. Ron Vlaar really does some up the

:31:48.:32:01.

improvement of this Netherlands national side since the European

:32:02.:32:05.

Championship two years ago. They were knocked out at the group stage

:32:06.:32:12.

and were quite miserable. Brilliant work by De Vrij. Wijnaldum is rather

:32:13.:32:24.

needlessly fouled by Rojo. Since the European Championship, the Dutch

:32:25.:32:31.

have lost two out of 26 games played and those were friendlies. That was

:32:32.:32:38.

a good tackle. I think he was waiting to see the reaction of

:32:39.:32:47.

Robben. This might tell us. He gets the ball. Look at Robben. There was

:32:48.:32:53.

a point at first from Demichelis and then a hand slap before the

:32:54.:32:58.

team-mates. -- from the former team-mates. Job done by Rojo and

:32:59.:33:06.

that is drilled well wide by Jordy Clasie. It was a poor touch from

:33:07.:33:14.

Lavezzi. I think we are going into extra time, it looks that way

:33:15.:33:19.

barring something that has not been in keeping with the game, something

:33:20.:33:28.

magnificent. You mean football? Has it been that bad? It has not been

:33:29.:33:34.

great. Higuain will not make the difference as he did in the last

:33:35.:33:40.

round against Belgium for Argentina. That has gone straight to Messi and

:33:41.:33:45.

he somehow comes away with it and that is Aguero. It is some wonderful

:33:46.:33:54.

defending. Guess who? Big Ron! Big Ron again.

:33:55.:34:20.

Messi just wriggled away from Dirk Kuyt. Mascherano with a driving

:34:21.:34:30.

run. He cannot get it through to Sergio Aguero. Guess why? Ron Vlaar

:34:31.:34:37.

is in the way of everything! Concrete Ron!

:34:38.:34:47.

Biglia was pointing the way. Out it goes for a Dutch throw. Robben

:34:48.:35:11.

cannot get through it tonight. So far.

:35:12.:35:41.

They are so narrow down the right at the moment, Argentina. Palacio is

:35:42.:35:53.

pushed in all the time. Just for a moment when Mascherano ran at the

:35:54.:35:56.

heart of the Netherlands defence, it looked like a shot was on. He does

:35:57.:36:03.

not score very often as we know. That is twice someone has big Aguero

:36:04.:36:10.

to the ball, Sabella is going nuts. He is saying, just come to the

:36:11.:36:14.

ball, he is strong as well but he was

:36:15.:36:28.

Even when we get into injury time, we will have half an hour to go

:36:29.:36:36.

unless there is an injury time goal so we will not see Tim Krul warming

:36:37.:36:37.

up yet. Good ball from Dirk Kuyt, Robben, he

:36:38.:37:05.

is in! Brilliance defending! Behind it goes for a corner. Was it

:37:06.:37:13.

Mascherano? It was, he read the danger. Absolutely top-class. That

:37:14.:37:19.

was the chance to win it. Yes, it is Mascherano. Great block. Look at his

:37:20.:37:31.

eyes widened, he realised, that was the moment he realised, we are going

:37:32.:37:35.

out, we are not making the final but for that last bit of lunging, and he

:37:36.:37:40.

has gone a bit far, something has stretched. They knew it was a chance

:37:41.:37:52.

will stop look at Danny Blind. He is all right, he is a warrior. He has

:37:53.:37:58.

just kept his team on course for the Maracana, or in with a shout of it.

:37:59.:38:05.

Robben had Romero to beat Gambian macro but he was well set.

:38:06.:38:10.

Romero started to come for that but went back. Sneijder has a nice

:38:11.:38:31.

angle. He can punch, can't he? It is the Dutch who are pressing in the

:38:32.:38:33.

last seconds in S?o Paulo. Robben lets it run. The cross from

:38:34.:39:21.

Janmaat and it is cleared by Garay. The Netherlands will keep going

:39:22.:39:24.

until the final whistle-blowers, keep going at that Argentinian

:39:25.:39:33.

penalty area. -- until the final whistle blows. Only Van Persie in

:39:34.:39:38.

the box. Janmaat for the return but he went too soon and the flag is up

:39:39.:39:42.

and it will be a free kick and we are into the last few seconds. Yes,

:39:43.:39:48.

again, he could have looked across the line because nobody went with

:39:49.:40:00.

him. Just. He is off. Just. Off. Off but just! A free kick for Sergio

:40:01.:40:06.

Romero to take but he will not take it because that will do it for the

:40:07.:40:10.

90 minutes. We have extra time in Sao Paulo in the second World Cup

:40:11.:40:18.

semifinal. No eight goals here but we have got drama till the last and

:40:19.:40:24.

we have 30 minutes extra to come first of all. Netherlands 0-0

:40:25.:40:28.

Argentina. The two captains, two of the greats

:40:29.:40:52.

of the game, Robin van Persie and Lionel Messi, neither of whom have

:40:53.:40:55.

been able to make any sort of mark on this World Cup semifinal at all

:40:56.:41:06.

but there is time yet. We have just been talking about the dilemma that

:41:07.:41:11.

Louis Van Gaal has, with 30 minutes to go, with cramp and fatigue taking

:41:12.:41:15.

its toll yet he made that subsidiaries and, Krul for Cillessen

:41:16.:41:19.

just ahead of penalties against Costa Rica. Does he have a problem

:41:20.:41:27.

now? Yes, and the problem will be different conditions completely

:41:28.:41:31.

tonight, really wet, sapping in terms of energy. If one or two of

:41:32.:41:35.

his players go down with cramp in the next 29 minutes... He has

:41:36.:41:41.

stepped out his stall, the wings that Krul is the better at

:41:42.:41:49.

penalties. -- he has set his stall out, he thinks that Krul is the

:41:50.:42:00.

better at penalties. I really do hope it is not a mistake by Ron

:42:01.:42:05.

Vlaar that settles this game because he does not deserve it. Yes. Van

:42:06.:42:12.

Gaal said to him as well after normal time, keep going, he has been

:42:13.:42:19.

fantastic. He was ruled as a doubt for the game with a knee problem but

:42:20.:42:24.

defending has been no problem to him at all.

:42:25.:42:40.

Dirk Kuyt does well to find Daley Blind who had taken up a useful

:42:41.:42:44.

position on the left-hand touchline. De Vrij and Daley Blind have

:42:45.:43:02.

defended very well. Yes, they have been very compact, as have

:43:03.:43:13.

Argentina. Demichelis got enough on that but he needs the help of the

:43:14.:43:17.

other letter now. Van Persie has lent into him, a Manchester derby

:43:18.:43:23.

duel between the three of them. The decision goes to the light Blues.

:43:24.:43:27.

Yes, and rightly so. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has been

:43:28.:43:40.

stretching and it looks like he is getting ready. It looks as though

:43:41.:43:49.

the Dutch will be take sting -- putting on a penalty taker rather

:43:50.:43:56.

than a saver. And the other thing is that Argentina will have watched

:43:57.:44:01.

what Tim Krul did the other night and he went the same way for every

:44:02.:44:07.

penalty. Argentina have watched him trying to save the penalties. They

:44:08.:44:12.

don't know where Cillessen is going and we don't know which way the game

:44:13.:44:16.

is going. We might not get there yet. We are kind of hoping we do! I

:44:17.:44:22.

am wishing, not hoping! Clasie almost lost it to Aguero.

:44:23.:44:49.

Cillessen only just cleared Sergio Aguero with that. Messi loses it to

:44:50.:44:53.

Wesley Sneijder. FIFA Aguero with that. Messi loses it to

:44:54.:45:10.

to go to encourage attacking play in extra time rather than the nervy

:45:11.:45:14.

play we saw when it was next goal wins. Is this going to conform? It

:45:15.:45:17.

looks like it at the moment. Janmaat tried to squeeze it through

:45:18.:45:34.

to Robin van Persie. There is nobody there.

:45:35.:45:43.

It is his 102nd cap tonight, it puts him ahead of Phillip Cocu, into the

:45:44.:45:54.

top six in Dutch football history. And he has played in 17 different

:45:55.:46:00.

positions are those caps! He was even in goal in training sessions

:46:01.:46:01.

last week. If I remember rightly, didn't he

:46:02.:46:16.

once go in goal for Liverpool? I don't know. I might have dreamt it!

:46:17.:46:35.

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

:46:36.:46:42.

one bit. The play is going the same way as it did for much of the

:46:43.:46:46.

closing stages of the game with the Netherlands attacking. Dealt with by

:46:47.:46:56.

Demichelis. I was going to say, he looks better without the ponytail,

:46:57.:47:00.

and not just aesthetically. I said it earlier, he looked different,

:47:01.:47:09.

better, quicker. Smarter. Van Persie off, Huntelaar on. That has answered

:47:10.:47:16.

your question. A few whistles, shakes of the head and

:47:17.:47:22.

your question. A few whistles, looking Dutch supporters at that

:47:23.:47:27.

change. Van Persie has been under the weather and has had a stomach

:47:28.:47:32.

problem. Huntelaar is immediately involved. Robben has got through.

:47:33.:47:37.

And he nearly found Huntelaar but Mascherano and Zabaleta ganged up on

:47:38.:47:43.

him. Mascherano yet again made the block. Now we know the answer if it

:47:44.:47:50.

goes to penalties, Jasper Cillessen will be in goal for the

:47:51.:47:53.

Netherlands. No heroics from Tim Krul this time. Louis Van Gaal will

:47:54.:47:59.

be wanting his team to win it before it gets to that stage. Just at the

:48:00.:48:06.

moment it is the team in orange looking the most likely. Yes, it is,

:48:07.:48:11.

Argentina have hardly got out of their own half in this first period

:48:12.:48:18.

of extra time. Janmaat is ambling to the ball.

:48:19.:48:35.

That was too strong for Wijnaldum. The number of times that right

:48:36.:48:41.

footed players have crossed from the left for Holland and they have

:48:42.:48:49.

overhit it, it is too numerous. Of course, Argentina have one

:48:50.:48:53.

subsidiary left available. They have played there to attacking cards,

:48:54.:48:58.

Palacio and Aguero. Maybe again for Maxi Rodriguez. -- may be a game.

:48:59.:49:08.

Ricky Alvarez is another option, that is if Sabella wants to go the

:49:09.:49:16.

attacking route. Or a penalty taker. They have got a few of those on the

:49:17.:49:37.

field already. Palacio is stopped by Blind.

:49:38.:50:05.

Really nicely done by Dirk Kuyt. Huntelaar on the left, Sneijder with

:50:06.:50:16.

Robben and Janmaat to the right. Robben goes past Biglia and goes for

:50:17.:50:21.

gold. It was on target, Romero had to be switched on and ready. -- goes

:50:22.:50:32.

for goal. Did that double their shops tally? It was just as well

:50:33.:50:37.

that Garay left it, he tried to get in the way but it might have taken

:50:38.:50:39.

it past Romero. Biglia tries to curl one down the

:50:40.:50:51.

line and Blind has been beaten by Palacio but back at him now and Ron

:50:52.:50:54.

Vlaar stops the ball across. Here is the final Argentinian change

:50:55.:51:24.

and they are going to put Maxi Rodriguez into the game. Lavezzi is

:51:25.:51:30.

going off, again, for a player of his abilities, not influencing the

:51:31.:51:35.

game to the level he should be doing. Not at all, not at all. I

:51:36.:51:40.

would not challenge his work rate but you are supposed to work hard in

:51:41.:51:46.

professional football. This is somebody whose reputation cannot be

:51:47.:51:50.

challenged, playing in his third World Cup, scored three goals in

:51:51.:51:56.

2006 in Germany. The former Liverpool man left Anfield a couple

:51:57.:52:00.

of years ago and has been back at his spiritual home, Newell 's old

:52:01.:52:06.

boys in Argentina since. Zabaleta has gone for the old guard, the

:52:07.:52:11.

tried and trusted. And you would expect Maxi Rodriguez to take a

:52:12.:52:16.

penalty, wouldn't you? Still another 20 minutes before we get there but

:52:17.:52:20.

no sign of the deadlock being broken just yet. That ball very nearly came

:52:21.:52:29.

through to Palacio. Very nearly is not good enough. Sneijder was all at

:52:30.:52:42.

sea. He is having a go at Huntelaar about the past to him but he was

:52:43.:52:47.

under unbelievable pressure. -- the pass.

:52:48.:52:57.

If anything, Mascherano is dropping even deeper now. He does of course

:52:58.:53:04.

play centre-back for Barcelona these days. Rojo chips it up. Returned in

:53:05.:53:12.

his direction but Janmaat has gone with him. It has to be poked out by

:53:13.:53:26.

Garay with Huntelaar there. Lovely return and Wijnaldum has gone to

:53:27.:53:32.

Robben again. Huntelaar is in the box.

:53:33.:53:46.

Dirk Kuyt to have another look. He gets it wrong, played it straight

:53:47.:53:55.

against Biglia and could we have an Argentinian break led by Messi?

:53:56.:54:00.

Janmaat is back. He has been terrific. He has, full of energy

:54:01.:54:11.

Janmaat is back. He has been vim and vigour. The closer option

:54:12.:54:15.

was Robben. He skips away from Zabaleta. That is a foul. I thought

:54:16.:54:23.

it was as well. Robben was definitely impeded by Zabaleta.

:54:24.:54:29.

Messi just escapes the leg of Blind. Suddenly the game is stretched, I

:54:30.:54:34.

don't think it has been at any point today. And it is not any more.

:54:35.:54:55.

The name of Lionel Messi starts to be sung by Argentinian supporters,

:54:56.:55:02.

desperate for their icon, their captain, their super start to take

:55:03.:55:06.

them through to the Maracana on Sunday. He has got to beat Ron Vlaar

:55:07.:55:08.

to do that. -- their superstar. A lot more urgency about the Dutch

:55:09.:55:39.

play. Robben does not move, he will not get a free kick or a penalty or

:55:40.:55:45.

whatever he wants from that. It was a poor pass again from Dirk Kuyt, he

:55:46.:55:51.

has wasted the ball so often down that left.

:55:52.:56:03.

Mascherano is chased by Huntelaar and fouled by Huntelaar, free kick

:56:04.:56:08.

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

:56:09.:56:23.

change the referee's mind. A good job for him that they are wiped

:56:24.:56:30.

after the quarterfinals. Surely the two centre-backs are going up, I

:56:31.:56:34.

thought for a moment they were going to stay back but they are going up

:56:35.:56:39.

now. Garay and Demichelis get up into that penalty area. There will

:56:40.:56:45.

be one minute added on and we are into it now until the end of the

:56:46.:56:53.

first half of extra time. Something for Cillessen to do here, maybe.

:56:54.:57:07.

Lionel Messi free kick. Cillessen watches it onto the end of his

:57:08.:57:12.

gloves. He actually did well, for a split second I did not think he was

:57:13.:57:20.

going to get there. Oh! He came right over the top of Sergio Aguero.

:57:21.:57:32.

He has a look of Stuart Broad. Yes. Palacio gets away from Blind and it

:57:33.:57:36.

was close to Aguero but not quite close enough and it is turned behind

:57:37.:57:40.

by Janmaat and Argentina will be in a hurry to take this corner. It was

:57:41.:57:47.

a great ball in as well, Aguero just cannot get there. Did De Vrij get

:57:48.:57:58.

the call to lead it? It is headed clear by Wijnaldum and that will do

:57:59.:58:03.

it for the first period of extra time. Flurries of excitement, mainly

:58:04.:58:07.

the Netherlands doing the attacking side of it but still neither side is

:58:08.:58:13.

able to find a way through. 15 minutes to go and if we do not see a

:58:14.:58:20.

goal, the World Cup finalists to join Germany in Rio will be decided

:58:21.:58:22.

by a penalty shoot out. Are we set for another semifinal to

:58:23.:58:44.

be decided by spot kicks? Those on the field will have to do it for the

:58:45.:58:49.

teams. All three subs to juice and have been used by both coaches. --

:58:50.:59:00.

substitutions. Cillessen made it look simple enough but his heart

:59:01.:59:03.

must have been beating a bit more quickly when he saw Aguero coming.

:59:04.:59:11.

That is twice he has done that. That the letter stays down and you know

:59:12.:59:16.

there is a problem then. Complete accident, they seemed to both

:59:17.:59:19.

arrived at the same time for the ball. Dirk Kuyt is not even looking

:59:20.:59:26.

at Zabaleta, he is looking at the ball. It is another one on the jaw.

:59:27.:59:37.

Yes. It is wonderful when it works. Oh yes. Real competence there and

:59:38.:59:46.

you called it early on, there is definitely a touch of Edwin van der

:59:47.:59:48.

Sar about him. goalkeepers again, with Tim Krul on

:59:49.:00:04.

the bench and Michel Vorm of Swans A. Kenneth Vermeer was seemingly

:00:05.:00:08.

first choice at the beginning of last season for club and country but

:00:09.:00:12.

Cillessen overtook him. Real concern for Zabaleta. They have made the

:00:13.:00:20.

changes, haven't they? It is a just in case compensation, if he does not

:00:21.:00:28.

make it. -- conversation. Just checking everything. It is his

:00:29.:00:34.

teeth, isn't it? Oh, straight into the shoulder. And don't forget how

:00:35.:00:39.

much that is slowed down. He sees everything, Alex Sabella, kicks

:00:40.:00:45.

everything, hits every ball, feels every blow. I think he is going to

:00:46.:00:53.

be fine. By that I mean he will be able to carry on. Of all the players

:00:54.:00:58.

on the field, he would be the one you would back. Him and Mascherano.

:00:59.:01:03.

You don't get soft South American players, do you? Not in blue and

:01:04.:01:10.

white, for Uruguay and Argentina, that is the shore. -- for sure. It

:01:11.:01:23.

is a long delay, for treatment to Pablo Zabaleta's jawline. Mascherano

:01:24.:01:31.

is there. I think he could end up playing right back, couldn't he? It

:01:32.:01:35.

is quite an attacking line-up that they have on the field, now.

:01:36.:01:44.

Zabaleta will continue. It looks as though he knows exactly what day it

:01:45.:01:49.

is and what is at stake. Yes, it is Friday, February eight. A clean

:01:50.:01:58.

shirt and a tissue will sort him out and on we go with Netherlands in

:01:59.:02:00.

possession. Here goes Palacio. He worked really

:02:01.:02:14.

hard to get that through to Aguero, whose touch was not what was

:02:15.:02:19.

required. Aguero has been very poor, for him, since he has been on.

:02:20.:02:25.

He looks completely out of sorts. Zabaleta is back on the field.

:02:26.:02:34.

Sneijder finds the on movable Ron Vlaar. -- on movable.

:02:35.:02:47.

It is almost like we are starting the second period of extra time

:02:48.:02:50.

again the second period of extra time

:02:51.:02:55.

Zabaleta. Wijnaldum wants it but Robben gets it instead.

:02:56.:02:58.

Zabaleta. Wijnaldum wants it but to be quick and was caught by

:02:59.:03:04.

Aguero. He has not been quick ever since he came on. Yes, he has been

:03:05.:03:06.

slow off the mark. Messi cannot quite find Palacio but

:03:07.:03:30.

Daley Blind is winding one up. That was more in hope than anything else.

:03:31.:03:36.

A little bit. It will Stefan de Vrij, anyway. I am glad I did not

:03:37.:03:44.

get too excited! And was it Danny Blind, or Daley Blind? It was Stefan

:03:45.:03:52.

de Vrij. It happens. I am really glad it did not go in!

:03:53.:03:59.

Still goalless after five and a half minutes of the second period of

:04:00.:04:04.

extra time. There will be a good couple of minutes added to the end

:04:05.:04:09.

after Zabaleta's crunching challenge from Dirk Kuyt. It was an accidental

:04:10.:04:19.

Huntelaar was unlucky. He just looked as though he was going to set

:04:20.:04:26.

Robben free. He is trying to pinch the ball for the throw, look. He

:04:27.:04:32.

does smile, at times. He is all smiles, Arjen Robben, playing in a

:04:33.:04:38.

very relaxed fashion. He falls over in a very relaxed fashion. Not in

:04:39.:04:43.

the last couple of games. It seems to have worked, a bit of a backlash,

:04:44.:04:48.

not the refereeing but a bit of a spotlight on it, and he seems to

:04:49.:04:51.

have suddenly found the ability to stay upright.

:04:52.:05:00.

No doubt at all that he will be in the queue, he went second in the

:05:01.:05:07.

penalties, if we get there, against Costa Rica. Someone will have two

:05:08.:05:10.

step first now Van Persie is no longer out there. -- have to step.

:05:11.:05:14.

It might well be Huntelaar. There is a fear of losing, now,

:05:15.:05:38.

isn't there? So close to the finish. They scrapped the Golden Goal rule,

:05:39.:05:43.

but we have almost got one now. Ron Vlaar once again seeing of Sergio

:05:44.:05:49.

Aguero. When you think of the likes of Aguero, Messi, Van Persie and

:05:50.:05:53.

Robben, you would not have expected Ron Vlaar to take Man of the Match

:05:54.:05:57.

honours in the World Cup semifinal. No, but he has been fantastic, plus

:05:58.:06:07.

his leadership. Ron Vlaar blocking again and getting a throw.

:06:08.:06:30.

Ezequiel Garay will certainly be in the queue for Argentina. He takes

:06:31.:06:36.

free kicks and penalties when he is allowed the chance.

:06:37.:06:50.

Mascherano slipped but still found Aguero. Maxi Rodr?guez was after

:06:51.:06:56.

Daley Blind. It has bounced off the heel of

:06:57.:07:16.

Palacio. Dirk Kuyt was about three yards

:07:17.:07:43.

offside when he realised that the ball was sailing over his head. You

:07:44.:07:54.

can see what he thought of it. It is difficult to know what Jasper

:07:55.:07:58.

Cillessen is thinking. "Probably about time, too. It should have been

:07:59.:08:05.

me last time". We know he does not lack confidence. Also, I think

:08:06.:08:09.

goalkeepers should take penalties. Tim Krul might have, had we got

:08:10.:08:15.

there. They are always kicking dead balls, aren't they? Palacio is in

:08:16.:08:20.

Argentina! The flag stayed down and he made a mess of it. He wanted the

:08:21.:08:24.

ball to come down and it was tamely into the hands of Cillessen. He

:08:25.:08:29.

decided to head it without having a look at where Cillessen was. He

:08:30.:08:32.

headed it straight at him rather than over him. The Dutch keeper made

:08:33.:08:42.

that looked very routine as well. -- made that look. That just shows you,

:08:43.:08:51.

we are not there yet. One slip-up and the World Cup semifinal could be

:08:52.:08:59.

decided. Rojo had to stretch everything to keep it in play. He

:09:00.:09:01.

did well. You have to say as well that both

:09:02.:09:19.

teams, defensively, have looked absolutely rock-solid. They really

:09:20.:09:25.

have, two different systems, as well.

:09:26.:09:32.

Germany will certainly find it harder to score against either of

:09:33.:09:40.

these teams in Sunday's final. If you can say certainly about any game

:09:41.:09:41.

at this World Cup. Ron Vlaar goes shoulder to shoulder

:09:42.:09:52.

but Messi is strong enough to keep his balance and Argentina on the

:09:53.:09:55.

attack. He has beaten Ron Vlaar this time. There is the chance! And

:09:56.:10:00.

Cillessen is in the way. Maxi Rodr?guez at the back. He did not

:10:01.:10:07.

strike it with any quality whatsoever. Chances suddenly coming

:10:08.:10:13.

Argentina's way. Robben. Mascherano will deal with him and just wait on

:10:14.:10:20.

the contact from behind. I just wonder, with Rodriguez's chance, I

:10:21.:10:26.

think Palacio is in the way as it comes back towards him. A little

:10:27.:10:34.

bit, but even so. Ron Vlaar, pulling messy's -- Messi's shirt. He just

:10:35.:10:37.

asked to strike through the ball but it was a complete misfit. -- has

:10:38.:10:48.

destroyed. Was that the first time Ron Vlaar has been beaten? Yes, and

:10:49.:10:54.

the header was not great either. Ron Vlaar wastes this. A bad 38 seconds.

:10:55.:11:02.

He is having a shocker. It goes for an Argentina throw. Two and a half

:11:03.:11:06.

minutes to go plus another couple of minutes, I should not wonder.

:11:07.:11:15.

Benzema was similar and the weekend. -- at the weekend, a similar

:11:16.:11:19.

situation. One shot to win it. There might be another one yet. A little

:11:20.:11:26.

bit late, there, Janmaat. He called Rojo. -- court Rojo.

:11:27.:11:38.

The top of his foot. No protection in his boots, is there? Actually,

:11:39.:11:45.

has anyone got the big boots onto night? I don't think they have. I

:11:46.:11:50.

have not see them but they might have longer studs in. It is still

:11:51.:11:55.

raining. Not as heavily as it has been at times throughout this

:11:56.:11:57.

evening. Huntelaar gets back onside. But

:11:58.:12:14.

Robin is met by Mascherano. For one flaw in Orange, read Javier

:12:15.:12:17.

Mascherano in blue and white. Absolutely, the two of them have

:12:18.:12:24.

been brilliant. I think he is better there, Mascherano, I really do.

:12:25.:12:35.

Huntelaar had to work to hold it up and keep it away from Ezequiel

:12:36.:12:38.

Garay. Janmaat ran into Rojo. He is in the

:12:39.:12:56.

wars again. He hurt himself this time. Huntelaar is on the move in

:12:57.:13:06.

the penalty area, just getting in front of Ezequiel Garay for the

:13:07.:13:09.

throw from Janmaat. He was able to turn, too.

:13:10.:13:13.

Janmaat setting himself on the cross and it goes to Dirk Kuyt! Blocked by

:13:14.:13:21.

Demichelis. Yes, I don't think he knew much about it. We are about to

:13:22.:13:33.

move into one final minute. Robben keeps the ball and wanders through.

:13:34.:13:39.

But Zabaleta lifts it out of harm 's way for Argentina. One minute, that

:13:40.:13:45.

is what the board said, and that is all that is left of the second World

:13:46.:13:49.

Cup semifinal. Dirk Kuyt is attacking for the Netherlands and he

:13:50.:13:53.

nearly got it through to Wijnaldum. He was blocked by Rojo. There is a

:13:54.:13:58.

bit of afters but it soon calms down and the goalkeeper will clear. Rojo

:13:59.:14:02.

spotted the danger extremely quickly, coming in from his

:14:03.:14:08.

left-back position. It looks as though it is going to end in a draw.

:14:09.:14:12.

That is what it will say in the record books. We will see who will

:14:13.:14:16.

go through to the World Cup final by a penalty shoot out.

:14:17.:14:26.

Sergio Romero, the referee has the whistle to his lips and we are going

:14:27.:14:36.

the full distance. The Netherlands have been here before. They saw off

:14:37.:14:44.

Costa Rica in the quarterfinals. They got four out of four from the

:14:45.:14:50.

spot. Can they do it again? They are now playing an Argentina side you

:14:51.:14:53.

have not been involved in a World Cup in the shoot out since 2006,

:14:54.:14:56.

when they lost the quarterfinal to Germany. The match has finished 0-0.

:14:57.:15:00.

The drama continues, though. The cheers after the toss of the

:15:01.:15:18.

coin between the captains, Lionel Messi and now Arjen Robben, have

:15:19.:15:24.

only come from those supporters who realised the referee signalled the

:15:25.:15:27.

penalties would be at their end. We will have a look in a moment to see

:15:28.:15:36.

who will go first. It looks as though it may well be... Dirk Kuyt

:15:37.:15:43.

is coming to have a word with Jasper Cillessen.

:15:44.:16:13.

will have a look in a moment to see who will go first. It looks as

:16:14.:16:13.

will have a look in a moment to see is coming to have a word with Jasper

:16:14.:16:13.

Cillessen. There are penalty shoot out and

:16:14.:16:38.

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

:16:39.:16:44.

-- there are penalty shoot outs. The Netherlands will go first. Robin van

:16:45.:16:49.

Persie is off the field. So responsibility lies with Ron Vlaar.

:16:50.:16:58.

He did not take one in the last shoot out against Costa Rica. Ron

:16:59.:17:05.

Vlaar has had a terrific game for the Dutch and he is first up from

:17:06.:17:10.

the spot and it is saved by Rome Aero! Isn't that just the way? --

:17:11.:17:17.

Romero. How many times have we seen that at this level? He has an

:17:18.:17:21.

absolute brilliant game of football, Ron Vlaar, and it is just a poor

:17:22.:17:26.

penalty. Romero guessed right. He almost did not have to move at all.

:17:27.:17:33.

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

:17:34.:17:37.

quarterfinal but none out of one, here. Argentina have their main man

:17:38.:17:42.

and regular taker going first to them. Lionel Messi. With the extra

:17:43.:17:50.

story being the fact it is Jasper Cillessen in goal for the Dutch.

:17:51.:17:55.

They could not make the change of the Tim Krul on in this one. They

:17:56.:18:01.

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

:18:02.:18:05.

got what it takes. We know Messi has but has he now? He has. Never in

:18:06.:18:14.

doubt. You felt that Messi almost waited for Cillessen to make his

:18:15.:18:16.

move. And now the Dutch can revert back to

:18:17.:18:31.

then at four order. Robin van Persie went second against Costa Rica and

:18:32.:18:35.

put it into the top left. -- their natural order. -- Arjen Robben.

:18:36.:18:48.

Robben, bottom right, this time. He gets the Dutch in the tick column.

:18:49.:18:59.

Dirk Kuyt, telling everyone what is happening. Ezequiel Garay, the

:19:00.:19:10.

centre-back, but a player who takes a mean penalty and want scored seven

:19:11.:19:14.

in a single season when he was playing for Racing Santander. --

:19:15.:19:21.

once scored seven. I don't suppose any of those carried as much

:19:22.:19:22.

pressure as this one. And he put everything he had behind

:19:23.:19:39.

the ball. You don't save those. He smashed it into the roof of the net.

:19:40.:19:52.

The advantage is with Argentina, 2-1 after two kicks each.

:19:53.:19:59.

Romero has saved one. Now he has to try to keep out Wesley Sneijder.

:20:00.:20:15.

Saved! Brilliantly saved! He went the right way and beat it away.

:20:16.:20:22.

Sneijder took only four steps to the ball here, I wonder if that has got

:20:23.:20:27.

anything to do with the fact that it was saved. Again, it is a great

:20:28.:20:33.

height for the goalkeeper once you dive the right way. Sergio Aguero,

:20:34.:20:43.

on as a substitute, can put Argentina within touching distance

:20:44.:20:51.

of the World Cup final. He is taking a long time about seeing the ball up

:20:52.:20:55.

as he likes it. -- pings. Aguero scores! It crept under

:20:56.:21:02.

Cillessen. Cillessen dives over this for me.

:21:03.:21:25.

Yes, he should have saved it, he will feel he should have saved it.

:21:26.:21:33.

Dirk Kuyt's turn, he has the score. He must beat Romero and put this in

:21:34.:21:38.

the net. Dirk Kuyt does that. The Dutch are still breathing, just.

:21:39.:21:44.

Good penalty from Dirk Kuyt. Argentina are one click away from

:21:45.:22:03.

the World Cup final -- kick. There is a swagger about Maxi Rodriguez as

:22:04.:22:08.

he makes his way from the halfway line to the penalty spot. The former

:22:09.:22:15.

Liverpool man could take his country to the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro

:22:16.:22:22.

with this kick. Cillessen is arguing that it is not on the spot. Here

:22:23.:22:31.

comes Rodriguez. Here go Argentina! They are going to Rio, they will

:22:32.:22:36.

face the might of Germany! For the third time in World Cup history, we

:22:37.:22:41.

are getting a final between the Germans and the Argentinians.

:22:42.:22:49.

Blasted in by Maxi Rodriguez, Alex Sabella is one game away from the

:22:50.:22:58.

greatest prize in world football. One step too far for the men in

:22:59.:23:06.

orange. It is the Albiceleste who will go on to Rio. Argentina win on

:23:07.:23:10.

penalties. So that's it for the World Cup

:23:11.:23:19.

replay tonight. Argentina against Germany is the World Cup final and

:23:20.:23:24.

you can see it from 7pm on Sunday night on BBC One. Goodbye.

:23:25.:23:29.

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