FIFA World Cup 2014: Netherlands vs. Argentina In Pictures

  on July 10 2014 6:05 PM
  • Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero saves a shot
    Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero saves a shot by Ron Vlaar of the Netherlands during a penalty shootout in their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo July 9, 2014.
  • Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen of the Netherlands
    Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen of the Netherlands reacts after the team's 2014 World Cup semi-finals against Argentina at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo July 9, 2014.
  • Daryl Janmaat of the Netherlands
    Daryl Janmaat of the Netherlands reacts to his team's loss to Argentina after their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo July 9, 2014.
  • Argentina's Javier Mascherano, Ezequiel Garay and Lucas Biglia celebrate
    Argentina's Javier Mascherano, Ezequiel Garay and Lucas Biglia celebrate, as Netherlands players walk past, after their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo July 9, 2014.
  • Goalkeeper Tim Krul (L) of the Netherlands consoles his teammate Daryl Janmaat
    Goalkeeper Tim Krul (L) of the Netherlands consoles his teammate Daryl Janmaat after losing their 2014 World Cup semi-finals against Argentina at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo July 9, 2014.
  • Argentina's Pablo Zabaleta,
    Argentina's Pablo Zabaleta, who was injured during the match, celebrates after winning their 2014 World Cup semi-finals against the Netherlands at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo July 9, 2014.
  • Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands (R) and his teammates
    Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands (R) and his teammates react after the final penalty was taken during their penalty shootout against Argentina in their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo July 9, 2014.
  • Jasper Cillessen of the Netherlands
    Jasper Cillessen of the Netherlands watches as he fails to stop the decisive penalty shot by Argentina's Maxi Rodriguez during their penalty shootout in their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo July 9, 2014.
  • Argentina's Maxi Rodriguez
    Argentina's Maxi Rodriguez (rear) celebrates with teammate and goalkeeper Sergio Romero after scoring the winning penalty against Netherlands during a penalty shootout in their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo July 9, 2014.
  • Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates with teammates
    Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates with teammates after winning the 2014 World Cup semi-finals between Argentina and the Netherlands at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo July 9, 2014.
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The Netherlands were unable to bring out any tricks from under their sleeves as they went up against Argentina in the penalty shoot-out for a spot in the final match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.  

The Netherlands lost 4-2 on penalties after Argentina's keeper, Sergio Romero saved shots from Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder in a result that is the complete opposite of Netherland's penalty shoot-out with Costa Rica in the previous round.

Louis Van Gall had used up his third substitute in extra time when he brought in Klaas Jan Huntelaar to replace Robin Van Persie in the hopes that the replacement will be the man that the team needed to score a goal and end the match before coming to penalties.

While it was true that the Dutch were able to attack in extra time, they were unable to break the solid Argentine defence.  In the end, the score sheets were clean and Tim Krul, the Dutch replacement keeper who was brought in at the last minute against Costa Rica, would have no chance to make an appearance for the shoot-out.

It turns out, it was Argentina's Sergio Romero who was going to be the stand out keeper this time around by making two saves while Jasper Cillessen let all four Argentine shots go through.

The Dutch have fallen short of their runner-up finish in 2010 and they will now have to face a badly bruised and beaten Brazilian team in the battle for third place in Brasilia on July 12. Argentina meanwhile, will be facing Germany who are still on a high from their 7-1 massacre of Brazil. The final will be at the historic Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13.

Argentina 0-0 Netherlands

Argentina win on penalties 4-2

Date: July 9, 2014

Venue: Arena de Sao Paulo

Man of the Match: Sergio Romero (Argentina)

PENALTY SHOOT-OUT:

Netherlands:

2 Vlaar (Saved) 0-0

11 Robben (Goal) 1-1

10 Sneijder (Saved) 1-2

15 Kuyt (Goal) 2-3

Argentina:

10 Messi (Goal) 0-1

2 Garay (Goal) 1-2

20 Aguero (Goal) 1-3

11 M. Rodriguez (Goal) 2-4

NETHERLANDS
 
ARGENTINA

53%
Possession
48%

7
Attempts
8

3
On Target
5

0
Goals
0

4
Corners
4

1
Set Pieces
2

14
Free Kicks
19

15
Fouls
10

2
Yellow Cards
1

0
Red Cards
0

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