Argentina are through to the 2014 world cup final where they will be playing against Germany while Holland will play Brazil for the third place playoff on 12 July.
The game went to penalties kicks after a lack luster normal time finished 0-0 and both teams failed to create any meaningful openings in the extra time which lead to penalties. Van Gaal did not bring Krul this time around as keeper Jasper Cillessen’s inexperience shone at the most important moment. He failed to save any of the four Argentina penalties while Ron Vlaar and Snieder missed their penalties.
World Cup semifinal lineups is confirmed with Argentina taking on Holland in the second semifinal of 2014 world cup which will be the repeat of 1978 final where Argentina beat Holland to win the world cup. Holland has a wonderful chance of making it to their 4th world cup final by getting a win over Lionel Messi and Company while Argentina will be hoping to make good use of their first semifinal appearence since 1990.
|Wednesday, 09 July 2014||17:00 Local – 22:00 Europe||BBC & ITV, ESPN3, SonySix||Sao Paulo|
It is pretty much a Arjan Robben vs Lionel Messi match as both players have played massive role for their respective teams to guide them in the semifinals. Robben is looking sharpe and unplayable at times, specialy on the counters where his pace looks so frightening. It will be interesting to see what Louis Van Gaal has in store to stop Lionel Messi who is not playing at his best but showed his quality in the games when it really mattered.
Holland are playing with 5-3-2 formation but it becomes 3-4-3 when the have the ball. Robben, Van Persie and Memphis Depay/Jermain Lens playing as the front three and Dirk Kuyt and Blind joing the midfield and forward line in attacks. Will Van Gaal change his strategy for this game ? Holland might miss Nigel De Jong who could provide extra protection to stop Messi.