Netherlands (2) 0-0 (4) Argentina: Former Liverpool man scores winning penalty

Netherlands 0 - 0 Argentina

    Ref: Cüneyt Çakir
    Attendance: 63,267

    Maxi Rodriguez Argentina

    Maxi Rodriguez thumped in the decisive penalty to earn Argentina a place in the World Cup final on Sunday against Germany.

    Unlike the other semi-final between Brazil and Germany, the first half in the second semi-final was quiet.

    Both teams were looking to nullify each other’s attacking threats, and that is just what happened in the opening exchanges.

    The closest both teams were to a goal was through Lionel Messi, who had a free-kick comfortably saved by Jasper Cillessen, but it wasn’t a clear chance as the first half ended goalless.

    After half-time, the match continued much the same as the first, with very few chances for either team.

    The best chance of the match come in 89th minute, Netherlands talisman Arjen Robben looked to be clean through on goal, but Javier Mascherano made a superb last-ditch tackle to block the strike from close range and ensure the match went into extra-time.

    The better opportunities in extra-time fell to the South Americans, with a weak header from Rodrigo Palacio, who was through on goal, but his effort didn’t trouble the Cillessen in goal.

    In truth, neither time looked worthy of winning the match in 120 minutes of football, and the team to play Germany in the final was to be decided by penalties.

    Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder missed their penalties for Netherlands, and Argentina scored all four of theirs to send them into Sunday’s match in the Maracana.

    Statistics

    Netherlands

    Argentina

    Possession

    55.2%
    44.8%

    Shots on target

    Total shots

    Team Lineups

    Netherlands

    • Jasper Cillessen
    • Bruno Martins Indi
    • Ron Vlaar
    • Stefan de Vrij
    • Georginio Wijnaldum
    • Daley Blind
    • Nigel de Jong
    • Dirk Kuyt
    • Arjen Robben
    • Wesley Sneijder
    • Robin van Persie

    Substitutes

    • Daryl Janmaat
    • Memphis Depay
    • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
    • Joël Veltman
    • Tim Krul
    • Jonathan de Guzmán
    • Paul Verhaegh
    • Jeremain Lens
    • Jordy Clasie
    • Terence Kongolo
    • Michel Vorm

    Argentina

    • Sergio Romero
    • Marcos Rojo
    • Pablo Zabaleta
    • Martín Demichelis
    • Ezequiel Garay
    • Ezequiel Lavezzi
    • Lucas Biglia
    • Javier Mascherano
    • Enzo Pérez
    • Lionel Messi
    • Gonzalo Higuaín

    Substitutes

    • Maxi Rodríguez
    • Augusto Fernández
    • Agustín Orión
    • Fernando Gago
    • Federico Fernández
    • Hugo Campagnaro
    • Ricardo Álvarez
    • Sergio Agüero
    • José Basanta
    • Mariano Andujar
    • Rodrigo Palacio

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