Argentina v Netherlands, 09 July 2014

Score0-0 :: penalties 4-2 to Argentina
Referee Cüneyt Çakır
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Semi-final
VenueArena Corinthians, São Paulo
Attendance63,267
Kick-off 5.00pm local (9.00pm BST). Argentina won 4-2 on penalties. After extra time. Man of the Match: Sergio Romero (Argentina) Assistant referees: Bahattin Duran (Turkey) Tarık Ongun (Turkey) Fourth official: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden) Fifth official: Mathias Klasenius (Sweden) The two teams had met in eight previous matches, including four times in the FIFA World Cup: Netherlands won 4–0 in the second group stage of the 1974 FIFA World Cup and 2–1 in the quarter-finals of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Argentina won 3–1 (after extra time) in the final of the 1978 FIFA World Cup, where as a group stage encounter of the 2006 FIFA World Cup ended in a 0–0 draw. The Netherlands made one change to their starting line-up from their quarter-final, with Nigel de Jong returning from injury to replace Memphis Depay, while Argentina made two changes, with Marcos Rojo returning from suspension to replace José María Basanta and Enzo Pérez replacing the injured Di María. The match finished 0–0 after extra-time with very little chances as both sides cancelled each other out. In the penalty shoot-out, Sergio Romero saved the first penalty from Ron Vlaar diving to his left and the fifth penalty of the shoot-out from Wesley Sneijder when he dived high to his right. Argentina scored all of their four penalties to win 4–2. Maxi Rodríguez scored the decisive fourth penalty, shooting to Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen's right to send Argentina into the final, where they would face Germany, while the Netherlands had to settle for the third-place play-off against Brazil. This was the first World Cup semi-final to end in a goalless draw. Argentina won their fourth World Cup penalty shoot-out, tied with Germany for most wins, and were involved in their fifth World Cup shoot-out, a record for any nation.

0 (4)  Argentina

Manager: Alejandro Sabella

0 (2)  Netherlands

Manager: Louis Van Gaal

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero
Defender Ezequiel Garay
Defender Marcos Rojo
Defender Pablo Zabaleta
Midfielder Lucas Biglia
Midfielder Javier Mascherano
Midfielder Enzo Perez
Midfielder/Forward Lionel Messi (captain)

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen
Defender Stefan de Vrij
Defender Ron Vlaar
Defender/Midfielder Daley Blind
Defender/Midfielder Bruno Martins Indi
Midfielder Nigel de Jong
Midfielder Arjen Robben
Midfielder Wesley Sneijder
Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum
Midfielder/Forward Dirk Kuyt
Forward Robin van Persie (captain)

Substitutions:

Rodrigo Palacio for Enzo Perez 81
Sergio Agüero for Gonzalo Higuaín 82
Maxi Rodriguez for Ezequiel Lavezzi 100

Substitutions:

Daryl Janmaat for Bruno Martins Indi 46
Jordy Clasie for Nigel de Jong 62
Klaas Jan Huntelaar for Robin van Persie 96

Cards:

Martin Demichelis 49 Y

Cards:

Bruno Martins Indi 45 Y
Klaas Jan Huntelaar 105 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Mariano Andujar
Goalkeeper Agustin Orion
Defender Jose Basanta
Midfielder Ricardo Alvarez
Midfielder Augusto Fernández
Midfielder Fernando Gago
Midfielder Maxi Rodriguez
Forward Sergio Agüero
Forward Hugo Campagnaro
Forward Rodrigo Palacio

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Tim Krul
Goalkeeper Michel Vorm
Defender Daryl Janmaat
Defender Terence Kongolo
Defender Joël Veltman
Defender Paul Verhaegh
Midfielder Jordy Clasie
Midfielder Jonathan De Guzman
Midfielder Memphis Depay
Forward Jeremain Lens

Comments:

Penalty shoot-out details (Argentina went second) 1 - Lionel Messi [scored] 2 - Ezequiel Garay [scored] 3 - Sergio Aguero [scored] 4 - Maxi Rodriguez [scored]

Comments:

Penalty shoot-out details (Netherlands went first) 1 - Ron Vlaar [saved] 2 - Arjen Robben [scored] 3 - Wesley Sneijder [saved] 4 - Dirk Kuyt [scored]