Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Netherlands vs Argentina FIFA WC semifinal - July 9, 2014

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Netherlands vs Argentina - Competition: World Cup Semi-finals

Netherlands look to return to the World Cup final when they clash with Argentina on Wednesday at Arena Corinthians in São Paulo. 
The Netherlands are now happy to be in the semi-finals at the World Cup in Brazil. But it was a tough way to come so far. Especially in the quarter final against “los ticos” from Costa Rica. Now they know why Italy, England or Uruguay couldn’t defeat the Costa Rican team. The Netherlands took the control of the game but couldn’t create many chances or break through the Costa Rican defence. Despite the fact that Oranje started with their old 4-3-3 system with 3 strikers, it wasn’t an offensive spectacle. But as the time passed by the Netherlands became stronger and stronger but the massive Costa Rican defence prevented the leading goal for Oranje. Costa Rica almost totally gave up their efforts to score a goal. It seemed as they have always wanted to reach the penalty shoot-out. After a free kick Sneijder just hit the goal post and after 90 minutes plus 30 additional minutes the penalty shoot-out was needed to decide who should win this one. In the end it was a deserved victory for Oranje, they have been the better team over the 120 minutes, with the lack of scoring the needed goal. Against Argentina in the semi-final it will become a different game.
Argentina team was the third team to qualify for the semi-finals at the World Cup 2014. It was a highly awaited game in the quarter finals between Belgium and Messis – “albiceleste”. But it was a very poor and disappointing performance from both teams. Maybe it was because of the early goal in the 6 minute through Higuain. After the 1:0 Argentina stopped playing and Belgium seemed to be unable to create chances or to score the equalizer. You have to admit that with Garay and Demicheles the Argentinian defence worked pretty well. Belgium has a massive offence potential but wasn’t a threat for Argentina. Di Maria who assisted the leading goal had to be substituted after an injury in the first half. He was with Messi one of their best players so far at the World Cup and will now probably miss at least the semi-final against the Netherlands. It would be a big loss, especially after Agueros loss earlier in the tournament. At least Higuain could score his first World Cup goal and will now have more confidence for the next match.

Possible Lineups: 
Netherlands (3-5-2): Cillessen – de Vrij, Vlaar, Martins Indi – Kujt, Wijnaldum, Blind, De Guzman, Sneijder – van Persie, Robben.
Argentina (4-3-3): Romero – Zabaleta, Demichelis, Garay, Rojo – Biglia, Mascherano, M.Rodriguez – Messi, Aguero, Higuain.

Match Date: Wednesday, 9 July
Kick Off Time: 17:00 Local / 21:00 BST
Venue: Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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