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World Cup: Netherlands 0-0 Argentina (2-4 Pens) – Messi Makes Final As Dutch Suffer Spot-Kick Sadness (Photos & Highlights)

By Alan Duffy

Netherlands 0-0 Argentina (2-4 Pens aet) – World Cup Semi-Final – 9th July 2014

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After the incredible goal-fest of the first semi-final, this last-four clash between the Netherlands and Argentina could only disappoint and disappoint it did. It was a dour affair which saw the two sides cancel each other out.

For most of the 120 minutes, key men Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben were rather subdued with few real chances at either end of the pitch. Ultimately it all came down to the inevitable shoot-out, this time with Jasper Cillessen in goal for the Dutch rather than penalty-expert Tim Krul.

Ron Vlaar missed the first penalty for Luis van Gaal’s side with Wesley Sneijder also seeing his effort saved by Sergio Romero. La Albiceleste, on the other hand, netted all four of theirs.

The final will therefore be a replay of both the 1986 and 1990 World Cups. Let’s hope it’s more ’86 than ’90 in terms of entertainment though!

Photos…

Highlights to follow…

Photos: PA

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By Alan Duffy on July 9th, 2014 in International football, Newsnow, Videos, World Cup. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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One Response to “World Cup: Netherlands 0-0 Argentina (2-4 Pens) – Messi Makes Final As Dutch Suffer Spot-Kick Sadness (Photos & Highlights)”

  1. Jarren says:

    Yesterday, I decided to not seek out the Brazil – Germany score until I got home from work.

    It was tough in work, with my boss teasing me (he was watching the game), but he’s a good lad and didn’t give anything away.

    On the way home on the bus, I decided to close my eyes in case I seen any happy Germans or Brazilians jumping around close to bars.

    Finally I got home, my wife had made tacos and we sat down to watch the game.

    Incredible! I had never seen anything like it. The Germans were ruthless but I felt so sorry for Brazil, not just for the fans but the entire country.

    It was an incredible night.

    Today, I decided to just listen to the game in work.

    Tonight, I feel fucking glad I did.

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