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Netherlands 0 - 0 Argentina

Netherlands 0 - 0 Argentina

      • ARGENTINA INTO WORLD CUP FINAL

        Netherlands 2-4 Argentina (Penalties)

        SCORES!

        Netherlands 2-4 Argentina - Dirk Kuyt

         

        SCORES!

        Netherlands 1-3 Argentina - Sergio Aguero

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      • SAVED!

        Netherlands 1-2 Argentina - Wesley Sneijder

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        What a save!

        Romero flings himself full-length to his right and beats the ball away. Big trouble for the Dutch now.

         

      SAVED!

      Netherlands 1-2 Argentina - Wesley Sneijder

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      SCORES!

      Netherlands 1-2 Argentina - Ezequiel Garay

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      You don't save those. That is absolutely belted down the middle. Great pen.

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      SCORES!

      Netherlands 1-1 Argentina - Arjen Robben

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      The Dutch are up and running, Robben sending it into the bottom right.

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      SCORES!

      Netherlands 0-1 Argentina - Lionel Messi

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      Never in doubt! Jasper Cillessen does a Tim Krul and has a word with the Argentina skipper but Messi strokes it into the bottom corner.

    • SAVED!

      Netherlands 0-0 Argentina - Ron Vlaar

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      He's had a brilliant game but that's not great from Vlaar. Romero dives down to his left and beats it away. Advantage Argentina. Messi up next...

    • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

      Posted at23:38

      Here we go then. Penalties...

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      Midsibmike: And the match finally comes to life as we move to penalties.

      Doug: Here we go then semi-final lotto...

    • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

      Posted at23:37

      Javier Mascherano is deep in conversation with goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

      "Save some!"

    • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

      Posted at23:35

      The Dutch scored all four from the spot against Costa Rica last Saturday night. Argentina won their last semi-final on penalties, in Italy 24 years ago.

      I'm not sure either side deserve to be in the final...

    23:33

    PENALTIES it is. One of these sides will be in the final via the medium of penalty kicks.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at120 mins

    Dirk! Kuyt has a half chance in the final minute but his shot is blocked. It looks like spot-kicks.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at118 mins

    The least these two can do now is give us a shootout.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at116 mins

    Another half chance as Lionel Messi beats his man out on the right and stands it up. It's a difficult chance but a chance for Maxi Rodriguez, but he fluffs his lines and mis-hits it into the turf.

    Remember his brilliant goal against Mexico in 2006? So does he.

  • SHOOTOUT SPECIAL

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at23:28

    Before we get to penalties, why not brush up on your shootout trivia.

    Did you know that on average 71% of kicks are scored? Who has saved the most? How many have been taken with the left foot?

    Read up on our guide here.

  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer in Sao Paulo

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

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    "And still no sign of a breakthrough. There could not be a more stark contrast with last night's World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany than this dour, attritional, dull affair. Not much time left for the main creators Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben to spare the Argentine and Dutch fans the tension of penalties for a place in the World Cup final."

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "Why didn't he just lob the keeper with his head? He headed it straight at him. all he had to do was put a little bit of height on it."

  • CLOSE!

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at115 mins

    Chance!

    In a game of such precious few, this is a real opening. Substitute Rodrigo Palacio is in, he hesitates and can't get any power in his header...

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    Christopher Harvey: Louis van Gaal a tactical genius? Has the Premier League changed the rules to allow extra-time? I can't see Manchester United getting three points otherwise.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at111 mins

    If both teams could go through with a 0-0 draw you may be tempted to accuse the sides of playing for a draw. But they can't. So I won't.

    This is exhaustingly poor.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at109 mins

    Into the last 10 minutes or so. Stefan de Vrij shoots from 35 yards, with his wrong foot.

    You're going nowhere Netherlands! You're on the ring road. Third time round. You've just been into B&Q for a bag of tungsten-tipped screws. Never gonna use 'em. Never gonna use 'em.

  • Mark Lawrenson

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    "Sergio Aguero has been very poor since he came on - he has been completely out of sorts."

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    Richard, Putney: Good to see Ron Vlaar get some plaudits. The guy isn't a world beater by any means but on his day is a good player. Problem is in our Aston Villa side he looks worse because the rest of our team is terrible. The current squad would even make Lionel Messi look poor in it. But not as much as in this game.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "He is a tough boy Zabaleta so it will take a lot to get him off this pitch."

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  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at108 mins

    "You don't get soft South Americans," says Lawro, who is proven right as Pablo Zabaleta comes back on. Bit of cotton wool in his mouth, and get on with it.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at106 mins

    Pablo Zabaleta is down in a heap after another head-to-head challenge. And ouch! A shoulder to the jaw, he may have lost a tooth!

    Steven Galloway, there's a certain type of football fan who love games like this. You are in company with our colleague Andy Cryer, who is loving this.

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    Al Mamun Russell: It now has been 227 minutes since the last goal scored by Netherlands. Don't deserve to be a finalist!

    Steven F Galloway: I'd still much rather watch this semi-final. Last night's was over as a contest after 25 minutes. THAT'S boring.

  • KICK-OFF

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at105 mins

    Back under way.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at23:16

    Another lengthy team talk from the coaches, with Javier Mascherano taking a leading role in the Argentina huddle.

    We are 15 minutes away from the shootout...

  • HALF-TIME

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at23:14

    It's quarter past 11 on a work night. I applaud you for staying up.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at103 mins

    "Ole, Ole, Ole Ole! Messi! Messi!" is the chant around the Arena de Sao Paulo as the crowd hope for the number 10 to do something to raise himself from the midfield mire.

    Penalties are on the horizon. It's probably the only hope.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at101 mins

    I rather unkindly suggested earlier in the tournament that a Dutch side containing Ron Vlaar could not be good enough to win the World Cup.

    Mr. Vlaar, I apologise. You're the best player on the pitch. By a country mile.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at99 mins

    The final change of the game and Liverpool fans from 2009-10 can enjoy the sight of Dirk Kuyt running at Maxi Rodriguez, who is on to replace Ezequiel Lavezzi.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at98 mins

    SHOT ON TARGET! The Dutch have their first attempt on target in the 98th minute as Arjen Robben warms the palms of Sergio Romero from 30 yards.

    Comfortable enough but at least it was an attempt.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at97 mins

    Argentina have one change left, the Dutch are done.

    I'm not going to lie to you, this is turgid stuff.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at95 mins

    So no Tim Krul then as Louis van Gaal replaces Robin van Persie with Klaas Jan Huntelaar. That did the job against Mexico, can it work again?

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    Emma Cann: If this match was Test cricket, they'd be calling it 'one for the purists'.

    James Gallagher: Brazil v Germany was like a 20-20 cricket classic, this has been a Mike Brearley - Geoff Boycott opening stand.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at94 mins

    No. That's not the one, as Dirk Kuyt overcooks a cross from the left and out of play.

    Lionel Messi's quest to join Pele and Diego Maradona at football's top table is taking a backward step this evening. Anonymous in the shadow of Ron Vlaar.

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    Posted at22:59

  • KICK-OFF

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at90 mins

    We are under way in extra time. Get the Horlicks on.

  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer in Sao Paulo

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    "Ninety minutes no-one will ever get back there. At least the prospect of the re-emergence of Netherlands substitute keeper Tim Krul for a possible penalty shootout adds extra intrigue to extra-time. And as far as Dutch coach Louis van Gaal is concerned his plan to subdue Lionel Messi - first with Nigel de Jong then Jordy Clasie - has worked so far. And what a performance in the Dutch defence from Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar."

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    Some Body: Arjen Robben! That penultimate touch took it away from him. Lost ticket to the final.

    Will Scott: Pretty much every Dutch pass has been backwards. So negative from Netherlands.

    Richard Lee: You can see the tension on the pitch. Come on Lionel Messi, show us your magic!

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at22:55

    The Argentina players look fresher, if that means anything. Coach Alex Sabella has them in a huddle and is pointing to Lionel Messi a lot.

    "Give the ball to him!"

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at22:54

    Will they make it two in a row? They looked the most likely in the final stages. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was warming up too.

  • Alan Green, commentating on BBC Radio 5 live

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    "An apology of a football match. Abysmal."

  • Former England captain Rio Ferdinand

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    "Ron Vlaar has been immense. Best centre-back performance of the tournament so far for me."

  • FULL-TIME

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at22:52

    All over.

    We go to extra time. And hope for so much more...

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at90 mins

    Arjen Robben has missed some big chances in big games down the years. That was right up there with them. Score and the Netherlands are in their second successive final...

  • CLOSE!

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at90 mins

    Into the last minute. And what a chance!

    Arjen Robben suddenly is in right through on goal, but he takes a bad touch and Javier Mascherano is able to make a brilliant block.

    Huge chance!

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  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at88 mins

    Lionel Messi beats a man but Ron Vlaar shuts the door on him, before cutting out another pass.

    Vlaar for the Golden Ball.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at86 mins

    Four minutes to go. Germany could score four in that time.

    Will we get one?

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at84 mins

    That. Is a shot.

    A genuine shot on target from Argentina left-back Marcos Rojo. An easy save for Jasper Cillessen but at least he had a dig.

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    Shoaib: What are the odds a certain someone provides us with an 'Agueroooooooooo' moment..?

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at83 mins

    Seven minutes of normal time left. Extra time has been good at this World Cup. Remember that.

  • Dan Walker

    BBC Sport

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    "Both managers currently tossing a coin to see who has to bring on David Luiz and who Marcelo. That'll make it interesting."

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at81 mins

    Two strikers on for Argentina. Enzo Perez and Gonzalo Higuain come off, Rodrigo Palacio and Sergio Aguero on.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at80 mins

    Sergio Aguero is coming on. Spark it up son...

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    Aamir Mir: So to nullify a counter-attacking team, you need to play like Argentina. Then you end up with a boring spectacle like this.

    Barry Fong: Maybe I missed them but I don't think the crowd can even muster a Mexican wave.

    Dan Hedley: Says a lot when Ron Vlaar is the best player on a pitch with Arjen Robben and Lionel Messi.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at78 mins

    Twelve minutes left. But in reality it's at least 42. This is nailed on for extra time.

  • Alan Green, commentating on BBC Radio 5 live

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    "I'm tempted to say please save us from extra time because it has been torture watching."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

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    You've got to feel for these fans in Sao Paulo - they're having to watch this match twice.

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Match of the Day analyst

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    "People at the far end thought it was in. They saw the net billow."

  • CLOSE!

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at75 mins

    There it is! The one big chance of the game, but Gonzalo Higuain can't take it.

    Enzo Perez gets away on the right and bends in a lovely early cross, Higuain beats the offside trap and is across his marker but stabs the ball into the side-netting. So near, and yet so far...

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at73 mins

    Robin van Persie hooks an effort over, his first chance of the night, but he was offside.

    We have had just one shot on target all evening, that early free-kick from Lionel Messi.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "This game has never come to life. No one gets hold of the ball, there's no movement."

  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer in Sao Paulo

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

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    "Lots of fans have taken shelter under the temporary, uncovered stands here at Arena de Sao Paulo. It means they cannot actually see any of this World Cup semi-final - and at this stage they are not missing much."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at71 mins

    Seventy minutes into a damp squib. In need of inspiration - this is where Pele, Maradona, Ronaldo or Tony Daley would find that spark and change the game.

    I'm looking at you Lionel Messi. Or you Arjen Robben.

    Can you change it?

  • Chris Bevan

    BBC Sport in Rio de Janeiro

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    "Just one sub left for the Dutch. Tim Krul hoping no injuries in the next hour if this game is going to go the distance, as it appears..."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at68 mins

    Another injury! Daryl Janmaat, who has been heavily involved since coming on, takes a whack to the face and requires treatment.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at65 mins

    Argentina boss Alex Sabella is out bellowing instructions to his side before Daley Blind sprays a pass out of play, 25 yards behind his team-mates.

    Somewhere, Johan Cruyff and Diego Maradona sit in a darkened room. Johan's just opened the second bottle of Scotch.

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  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer in Sao Paulo

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    "Could dress this one up as a chess match or intriguing tactical battle - but for the most part it continues to be a dull stalemate lacking a spark of inspiration. Argentina and the Netherlands have players more than capable but this World Cup semi-final has so far failed to offer them that opportunity."

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    Brian Capaloff: German squad must be laughing into their beers as they watch this. Neither team great and extra-time beckons!

    Abdul Karim: Can we just move on to penalties, nothing to see here.

    Neal Collins: Next thing you know, you'll wake up and Tim Krul will be warming up.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at63 mins

    Nobody likes a follow through. But Lucas Biglia is going to re-appear, as the rain lashes down in Sao Paulo now.

    Shoot on sight?

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "He followed through, did Daryl Janmaat. A clash of knees and Biglia took the brunt of it."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at60 mins

    A really heavy tackle in midfield has left Lucas Biglia in a heap on the floor. He went knee to knee with Daryl Janmaat and we have an extended break for treatment.

    Get a striker on in his place!

  • Final third

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at60 mins

    Into the final third. Which is where this game falls apart.

    Does anyone want to win this? The Dutch make a change as Nigel de Jong is replaced by Jordy Clasie.

  • Mark Pougatch

    BBC Radio 5 live

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    "Is this the same Ron Vlaar who played at Aston Villa last season or has he been taken over by an alien being?"

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at58 mins

    That's better! Ezequiel Lavezzi spins out wide to the right, stands up Ron Vlaar and then puts over a decent cross for Gonzalo Higuain to attack but he can't get a free header on it under pressure from Daryl Janmaat.

    That was more like it though.

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Match of the Day analyst

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    "This game has reached the point of no return. Someone has got to say, 'come on, let's have a go'. There's a place in the final at stake."

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "It's just so poor for quality. Anybody who puts pressure on the ball seems to win it. The passing is so slack."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at54 mins

    Lionel Messi has resorted to taking the ball from his centre-halves now. He then picks it up 30 yards out for the first time, he runs at Ron Vlaar - who stops him in his tracks with a great tackle!

    Who is the Ron Vlaar lookalike who plays for Aston Villa?

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at53 mins

    Apparently Tim Krul was out practising penalties at half-time. Will the Newcastle man be the key protagonist again this evening?

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at50 mins

    A picture paints a thousand words...

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at50 mins

    Javier Mascherano slides in Lionel Messi down the sides - but he's offside. Almost a glimpse of danger for Argentina.

  • YELLOW CARD

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at48 mins

    Have it! Smashed away into the stands by Ezequiel Garay, under no pressure, but he's not having a David Luiz meltdown, he's actually smart as his boot had come off. Get rid.

    The Dutch finally get the ball to Arjen Robben and he goes down, with Martin Demichelis in the book to boot.

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Match of the Day analyst

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

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    "That substitution means Daley Blind will play as the third centre-back, with Daryl Janmaat at right-back and Dirk Kuyt switching over the the left. Everyone else will stay the same."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at46 mins

    Referees are not having bookings in the World Cup are they? Another clattering challenge from Stefan de Vrij goes unchecked. Play on!

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    Chris Gilbert: You would expect both teams to take more risks in the second half. Neither team will want it to come to a shootout.

    Who fights monkeys: Who would want to get to a final against Germany the way they're playing at the moment?

    Arthur Veldhoen: I'm beginning to think a gentle beating by Argentina would be highly preferable to what the Germans would do to us in the final.

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    Golf legend Gary Player tweets: Half time at the World Cup. #ARGvNED. No one has scored yet. Not even Germany.

  • KICK-OFF

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at45 mins

    The Dutch kick off, and Dirk Kuyt is now on the left wing.

  • SUBSTITUTION

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at22:02

    Daryl Janmaat is on in place of Bruno Martins Indi. I think that will be a flat back four and Dirk Kuyt's second position of the evening. It won't be his last!

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at22:01

    Here they come, and it looks like the Dutch are making a change. Maybe of system...

  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer in Sao Paulo

    HALF-TIME

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

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    "If Sao Paulo had a Lord Mayor's Show, this would be on after it. Belo Horizonte staged a World Cup semi-final that would be remembered forever as Germany thrashed hosts Brazil 7-1 last night. Here, Argentina have been on top but this has been deadly dull. Lionel Messi has shown touches of class but the Dutch match-winner Arjen Robben has been invisible."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

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    Social media comments from around the world are being translated and curated by the BBC's multilingual World Cup Twitter conversation, @viabbc.

    Richie 10 (Spain): Argentina are getting tired and Netherlands are saving everything for the second half.

    Ugur Karagozlu (Turkey): Looks like Argentina will score using Bruno Martin Indi's wing. He lacks talent and is so slow.

    Cesar (Spain): I don't mind who wins. I like Argentine football (but not what this Argentina team is playing) and football owes a great debt to Netherlands.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at21:55

    Let's keep the faith though. Every game at this World Cup has eventually been compelling, if only for a short space of time. We will have extra time at around 22:50 BST and it should be cracking...

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

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  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at21:52

    Did you know that in Groningen the Grote Markt, the Vismarkt, the Poelestraat and Peperstraat are crowded every night of the week, and most bars do not close until 5 in the morning?

    Me neither. Let's all go to Groningen...

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at21:49

    Netherlands fans watch the action in the market square in Groningen. Not quite sure what they are so gripped by in this first half.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "Very disappointing. Argentina slightly the better side without making any chances. There has been nothing to talk about. I wonder how Van Gaal will feel about this. He normally changes things but they have to get Robben into the game."

  • HALF-TIME

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at21:48

    Arjen Robben has a smile to someone as they come off. He gets nearer to the ball in the tunnel then he did for most of that half.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at45 mins

    That is an opening! Lionel Messi picks the Dutch apart with a wonderful pass out to the left, Dirk Kuyt is out of position but Marcos Rojo stuffs up his cross, planting it way too far. Poor half lads...

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "Martins Indi likes collecting those cards."

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    Luke Gwalchmai: Is this as boring as I think it is or were we just spoiled yesterday?

    Anthony Shaw: You watching Brazil? This is how to defend. This is what a World Cup semi-final looks like.

    Ken Gorry: Game needs an Argentina goal, if the Dutch score they'll never go past the halfway line.

  • YELLOW CARD

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at44 mins

    That is a booking this time. Bruno Martins Indi is booked for checking the run of Lionel Messi. Can this lead to a chance?

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "I expected Argentina to play like they have with a bit of possession and try to get Messi and Lavezzi on the ball. Holland, I expected more from. Van Persie has not been in the game, neither has Robben or Sneijder really."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at42 mins

    Dutch free-kick, easily defended. This is going to extra time for sure. Where it will change face and become gripping, end-to-end entertainment...

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Match of the Day analyst

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    "Martins Indi has blocked Messi off - it should be a yellow. We want referees to keep players on the pitch but a booking is a booking. Whether it is the second minute or the 92nd minute it is a booking."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at40 mins

    ITV got the raw end of the deal when it came to broadcasting the semi-finals. On BBC One now is some sort of drama starring Neil from The Office...

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at37 mins

    That should be a booking! The referees have gone very lenient at the World Cup and Martin Demichelis is lucky not to see yellow for a hack at Wesley Sneijder.

    I'd give this game a yellow so far. Must do better.

  • Mark Lawrenson

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    "If Argentina are going to get any joy then it is down their right flank. The game is at the stage where no-one is really in charge of the game. While it is intriguing, nothing has happened. We're waiting for this game to take off. Not seen much of Robben, Van Persie or Messi to a certain degree."

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "Where is Robben? He's not had the ball or driven at anyone he is playing against, he has just not touched the ball."

  • Ou est Arjen?

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at35 mins

    Arjen Robben. He's been kept quieter than a monk so far, having just four touches of the ball. Fred-esque.

  • Former England captain Gary Lineker

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    "Nigel De Jong is always within touching distance of Lionel Messi's shirt. But looking at the size of the Dutchman, Messi may well be inside his shirt."

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    I don't think Javier Mascherano would make it in the NFL if we're being honest. He's about eight stone underweight and two feet too small.

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    Hugh in France: First time I've seen Enzo Perez. Looks VERY good. Not Angel Di Maria, but offers lots of movement and neat passes.

    Phil Hakim: In the NFL, Javier Mascherano would have a concussion test before being allowed back on the field. Football a joke in comparison.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at32 mins

    A good spell for the Dutch as they force Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero into two big punches, both good punches too, before Robin van Persie is offside.

    It's a slow burner.

  • This time last night...

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at29 mins

    Twenty-four hours ago Germany had just made it 5-0...

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at29 mins

    After a few minutes on the sidelines Javier Mascherano is back with us. It looked like he was momentarily unconscious after that clash of heads. Let's keep an eye on him.

  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer in Sao Paulo

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    "Argentina the team in control in these early stages as the Netherlands struggle to get their main attacking weapons Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben into the game. Louis van Gaal has a plan to stifle Lionel Messi of space and time - how that works will be crucial to the outcome."

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Match of the Day analyst

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    "That's what the Dutch front three of Robben, Sneijder and Van Persie can do. Everything looks comfortable, then bang. They're in."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at26 mins

    Oooof! Javier Mascherano heads the back of Georginio Wijnaldum's head and is out on the deck. The ref quickly stops play and ushers on the medics, that is a nasty blow.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at24 mins

    Bergkamp 98 revisited? Right idea as Nigel de Jong floats a long diagonal pass toward Robin van Persie, whose movement is superb, but Ezequiel Garay just about gets his forehead to the ball to nod it clear.

    The Dutch can go long when they need to.

  • CLOSE!

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at23 mins

    Better, that's better! Twice Argentina move it out wide with first Ezequiel Lavezzi on the right, and then Enzo Perez finding space on the left. The final ball just isn't up to scratch though. Corner.

    And that is a chance! Ezequiel Garay heads the corner over and gets a mouthful of Ron Vlaar's size 12s into the bargain. Taste some leather.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "Cagey. I would say Argentina are the slightly better side and have more life and pace about them at the moment. They are running the game with quick breaks down the right but they can't get bodies in the box.

    "The Dutch look like they are feeling the effects of their last game against Costa Rica."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at20 mins

    We were monumentally spoiled by last night's semi-final. This is more like it, cagey, cautious, who'll blink first stuff...

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    David: Argentina have worked out not to allow Netherlands to counter, getting back in numbers. Makes for a dull game though.

    Bob: Both sides playing football chess, it's brilliant. Neither side committing their queen!

    Nathan Bright: Obviously we're expecting this one to be closer than last night. I'd accept 6-1 Netherlands. Spoilt and hopeful?

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  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

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    Possession deadlocked at 50/50 so far as Gonzalo Higuain wins a corner for the min in blue and white. Argentina looking marginally more dangerous in the opening exchanges.

  • Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer in Sao Paulo

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    "Early evidence suggests Nigel de Jong will be spending at least the next 90 minutes in close proximity to Lionel Messi."

  • Mark Lawrenson

    Match of the Day analyst

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    "Jasper Cillessen's positioning of the wall was excellent because he put the centre-backs in the wall and it meant Lionel Messi knew he couldn't go over men of 6ft 3in, 6ft 4in. So he had to go over the other side."

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "Messi went around the wall and not through it. Normally he goes over it but he tried catching the keeper out with the eyes. Give the keeper credit, he was in a superb position."

  • GREAT SAVE!

    Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at14 mins

    Lionel Messi takes it, and drills it too, but Jasper Cillessen dives to his right and holds on! Good hands.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at13 mins

    Lovely! Gonzalo Higuain floats a lovely pass over the top, Enzo Perez runs it in from the right and is eventually tripped by Ron Vlaar.

    Free-kick for a certain Mr. Messi...

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at12 mins

    A pretty steady opening 10 minutes or so in Sao Paulo. A different sport to the end-to-end, thrill-a-minute opening last night. Give it time.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "Every time Argentina get the ball you can hear a lot of jeers, a lot of whistling, especially when Messi gets it."

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    Social media comments from around the world are being translated and curated by the BBC's multilingual World Cup Twitter conversation, @viabbc.

    El Chaja (Argentina): It's not a team, it's a country. It's not 11, it's 40 million playing in Brazil.

    Leandro Palezzo (Argentina): In the streets of Buenos Aires there is a party mood. A lot of music, a lot of white and light-blue.

    Aysen (Turkey): My heart would normally go with Argentina but my love for Dirk Kuyt is something else!

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at10 mins

    Well in Dirk! The former Liverpool centre-forward finds himself as last man at right-back and shuts the door well on Lionel Messi.

    What a bizarre and brilliant career Kuyt has had. Who is the next striker to end up as a full-back? Fernando Torres?

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at9 mins

    The Dutch now having a spell of keep-ball. Unfortunately for goal lovers, neither side look like having a Brazil-style meltdown in these early stages....

  • Mark Lawrenson

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    "Zabaleta didn't dare tackle Robben until he went out of the box - then he went for him. With his form over the last couple of seasons, Zabaleta is up there with the best right-backs in the world."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at6 mins

    Arjen Robben finds space on the corner of the area, danger here, and Pablo Zabaleta keeps an arm on him until the Dutchman leaves the box - then crunches him with a slide tackle! Great challenge.

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "Both teams very cautious, which you expect in the first five to 10 minutes. Both teams dropping off very quickly when the other gets possession."

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at4 mins

    Fifa chief Sepp Blatter is enjoying himself anyway. Argentina settling into the rhythm early on, with Javier Mascherano dropping in as a third centre-half to start them off each time.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at3 mins

    Excellent run from Argentina midfielder Enzo Perez. beating two men on a forceful drive through the middle but he can't quite pick out Lionel Messi on his shoulder. Decent opening in Sao Paulo.

  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

    Posted at1 min

    Nigel de Jong is straight into the action as the Dutch line up with a back three, versatile Dirk Kuyt starting at right wing-back. Where will he end up? Who knows...

  • KICK-OFF

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    Posted at0 mins

    Argentina get us under way...

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:59

    Here we go then... Here's a moment's applause in memory of Alfredo Di Stefano.

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    Steve Huish, Surbiton: This game will be decided by Lionel Messi and the leg-breaker Nigel De Jong. The question is how long will De Jong last before getting sent off? The ref needs to take a hard line on the fouling if we are to have a classic.

  • Former England captain Gary Lineker

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    "Sensational atmosphere. Sensational!"

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:55

    Argentina smash the place apart when it comes to the anthems. It sounds like they have at least 65% of the fans in the building...

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:54

    Ah Dirk Kuyt. Wing-back/forward/midfielder extraordinaire...

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    Joe Wedgwood: Limelight is on Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben but game will be won in midfield battle - expect Georginio Wijnaldum to shine.

    Vinay Vijayan: Won't be surprised if Louis van Gaal gives Dirk Kuyt the responsibility to cover Messi. Kuyt is a workhorse who never gets tired.

    Adi Kampli: Argentina are single-minded with everything going to Lionel Messi. Netherlands perform better as a team. Robin van Persie to score!

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:52

    Here we go. Louis van Gaal shakes hands with Lionel Messi, everyone wants a piece of Messi in fact. There's the volume from the Argentina fans...

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:49

    TEN minutes to go then. The teams are just about to line up in the tunnel, that music will play for the 62nd time and we will have the anthems.

    Will it be Messi in the Maracana? Or Robben in Rio?

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "I didn't think the Dutch would get out of the group. What Van Gaal has done in two years from the Euros is sensational. They were a disaster. He has used the young players well and he seems to know the buttons to press with the egos. He has got them playing for the shirt again."

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:43

    Has to be in the top five World Cup goals ever, surely?

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    Germany and Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski on Twitter: "Remember 1998. Dennis Bergkamp's legendary goal. So many years after still a highlight!"

  • BBC commentating legend Barry Davies in Marseille, 1998

    "Absolutely brilliant!"

    Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:40

    "Beautifully pulled down by Bergkaaaammmmppppp!!!!

    "Ohhhh what a goaallllll!!!! Dennis Bergkamp has won it for Holland! That was absolutely brilliant!

    "From adversity to triumph for the Dutch. They who were silent, are now in song."

    View the Bergkamp and Davies masterclass one more time here.

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:39

    When these sides met in the 1998 World Cup in France we were treated to one of the great World Cup goals.

    I'd love it, love it, if we saw anything half as good tonight.

    Over to you Barry...

  • BBC Radio 5 live

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    South American football expert Tim Vickery: "Argentina qualified playing very open football with the 'Fantastic Four' of Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi.

    "Ideally the manager Alejandro Sabella wanted a team with a better balance between attack and defence and injuries have allowed him to do that.

    "Enzo Perez has a better capacity to defend than Di Maria and his inclusion moves the side away from the template of the 1978 World Cup-winning side to a template of the 1986 World Cup-winning side, which was very compact and gave a platform to Diego Maradona.

    "Can Lionel Messi do it against the Dutch, who seem to have changed their formation to tackle Messi with the selection of Nigel De Jong?"

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:37

    So in a nutshell, none of you can decide what Argentina will do this evening!

    Angel Di Maria looks a bit fed up as the rest of his mates go through their final pre-match drills. What a time to get injured...

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    Nikolas Virtanen: Last night Brazil played with passion and got humiliated. Tonight will be a much more defensive, cautious showing. 1-0 Netherlands.

    Stepan Benyovszky: Argentina to go out with a whimper. Haven't faced a decent team until now and are going to be found out.

    Paul Moore: 4-0 Argentina. Lionel Messi to destroy the Dutch.

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:35

    The Football League season starts a month today, with the Premier League kicking off seven days later. It will soon come back around...

  • BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty in Sao Paulo

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    "Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal is standing at the side of the pitch here in Sao Paulo watching his players go through their final warm-up - will his arrival at Manchester United be further delayed by an appearance on the biggest date on football's calendar, the World Cup final?

    "When Van Gaal arrives, he will do so with anticipation heightened by the Dutch performances here in Brazil, and also his own ability to make the big calls, such as when he introduced substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul for the penalty shoot-out against Costa Rica in the quarter-final."

  • BBC Sport's South American expert Tim Vickery, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "This is a World Cup on Argentina's home continent and with the last of the generation who won the World Youth Cups. They also have Messi in his prime so if they don't do it this time, the degree of difficulty next time will be much harder, so there is a degree of pressure."

  • LINE-UPS

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    Netherlands: Cillessen, De Vrij, Vlaar, Martins Indi, Kuyt, De Jong, Sneijder, Wijnaldum, Blind, Robben, van Persie. Subs: Vorm, Janmaat, de Guzman, Verhaegh, Veltman, Kongolo, Clasie, Lens, Huntelaar, Depay, Krul.

    Argentina: Romero, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Garay, Rojo, Biglia, Mascherano, Lavezzi, Messi, Perez, Higuain. Subs: Orion, Campagnaro, Gago, Maxi Rodriguez, Augusto Fernandez, Federico Fernandez, Palacio, Alvarez, Aguero, Basanta, Andujar.

    Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "I think the Dutch will try and get around them. You don't have to tackle, you can front Messi up and make him go back or square to pass to someone who has less ability. When people say you have to show him on the right or left, you can't do it, he has the tricks and if he does them well enough he will get in."

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:23

    Now here come the Argentines, with Lionel Messi leading them out on to the field. He's not the most vocal of captains but when he leads by example he tends to do OK.

    Big noise for their arrival. Mostly jeering at this early stage...

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:20

    The Dutch are coming out to warm up, in some natty white and blue training tops.

    Do we need squad numbers on training tops? Apparently so...

  • John Murray

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    "The thing I'd like to see tonight and I'm not sure we will, is Robben expressing himself and Messi expressing himself. If that happens, we should have quite a spectacle here."

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    Aryaman S: Nigel De Jong miraculously recovers for Netherlands. Starting him is either a masterstroke or just plain stupid.

    John McEnerney: Netherlands to run at a dodgy and untested Argentina back four. Angel di Maria is a huge loss but they have enough to see them through! Netherlands will score.

    Bobby: Make no mistake. Lionel Messi is better than Diego Maradona. It's remarkable that that is even possible. Best ever.

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:17

    No Tim, come on! We will have loads of goals again, you just watch...

  • BBC Sport's South American expert Tim Vickery

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    "We will need a strong performance from the Turkish referee. We could really do with an early goal to open it up because I fear it could be cautious."

  • Former England international Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:16

    "I look at Argentina and I see similarities to Brazil. Brazil rely heavily on Neymar, Argentina on Lionel Messi, and they are without Angel Di Maria.

    "Argentina are well organised, the whole team is set up to stop the opposition and get the ball to Messi and hope he will make something happen, but I think Netherlands will be the first team to ask serious questions of this Argentina side."

  • Close him down!

    Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:10

    Memo to the Dutch defence: Do not let this man shoot...

  • Former England international Chris Waddle, BBC Radio 5 live

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    "To play in a World Cup semi-final, you've just got to take it as another game. It's hard for people to understand that but this is something you do every day of your life, play football and train. You train as normal, get your tactics and what you need to do and then don't leave anything on the park.

    "Yes there will be a little bit of nerves but not as much as you think."

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:07

    Sao Paulo is like Sheffield then - we're not missing out after all!

    Just under an hour to go and the more colourful fans are being picked out on camera. How Oranje is too Oranje?

    You can watch build-up from the stadium by clicking on the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of the screen.

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at20:05

    Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul, speaking to BBC Sport: "It doesn't get much bigger than a World Cup semi-final against Argentina. They have fantastic players and so do we. It will be a hard game but we can be very confident having showed what we have already showed.

    "Louis van Gaal is the brain behind everything. Before every game we know exactly what to expect, exactly what they will do and what we have to do to win the game. That is the most important - the winning mentality. There is only one thing and that is to win.

    "To have players who have played in a World Cup final before and who know exactly what we have to be ready for is incredible for the young boys coming through - that is the strength of our team."

  • BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty in Sao Paulo

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    "This World Cup semi-final will be played on what seems to be a typical Sao Paulo day - cloudy and with a chill in the air.

    "Spoke to former England and Sheffield Wednesday winger Chris Waddle, out here as a BBC Radio 5live analyst, and he said the climate is ideal for European teams such as the Netherlands: 'Sao Paulo is no different from Sheffield - I came to Brazil for the World Cup and had to buy myself a jumper'."

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    The Argentina Football Team post a shot of the Arena de Sao Paulo dressing room on Twitter.

  • From Bramall Lane to Brazil

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    Posted at20:01

    Sabella won eight caps for Argentina during his playing days

    While he is not under the same burden of expectation as Brazil counterpart Luiz Felipe Scolari, Argentina boss Alejandro Sabella is still a man under pressure to succeed.

    But outside of his homeland, he is still relatively unknown. Except for in Yorkshire. That's because 'Alex' Sabella, as he was known in England, spent three seasons playing for Sheffield United then Leeds United.

    Sabella spent a season at Elland Road with Leeds after signing from Sheffield United

    At Bramall Lane, he became a cult hero - and even had a rock band named in his honour! Read more about his time in Yorkshire here.

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at19:59

    The Dutch are not all about Arjen Robben, with seven different goalscorers in the tournament so far. They will ask plenty of questions of the Argentine defence.

  • BBC Radio 5 live

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    BBC Radio 5 live has full match commentary, with build-up to begin at 20:00 BST.

    You can also listen to BBC Radio 5 live's coverage by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

    And later you can watch the highlights on Match of the Day from 23:50 on BBC One.

    How to follow the World Cup across BBC TV, radio and online.

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at19:57

    And we thought the Underground got busy in London. Argentina fans scramble into a train heading for the stadium.

  • Team News

    Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at19:57

    Argentina make two changes. The injured Angel Di Maria is replaced by Enzo Perez, while left-back Marcos Rojo is back from suspension.

    Argentina: Romero, Garay, Zabaleta, Biglia, Perez, Higuaín, Messi, Mascherano, Demichelis, Rojo, Lavezzi

  • Team News

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    Posted at19:55

    A major boost for the Dutch as not only is captain Robin van Perise fit to start, but midfielder Nigel de Jong has recovered from a thigh strain, only eight days after he was ruled out for four weeks.

    Netherlands: Cillessen, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, De Jong, Van Persie (c), Sneijder, Robben, Kuyt, Wijnaldum

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    BBC World's Alex South in São Paulo: "Orange tops. Check. Strange hats. Check. Alcoholic beverage. Check. These Dutch fans meet the criteria to be in the Oranje army. They desperately want to meet their noisy neighbours Germany in the final and avenge that defeat in the World Cup of 1974, Cruyff and co.

    "Couldn't quite manage it then. Can the class of 2014 finally win football's biggest prize for the Netherlands?"

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    The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is putting its support behind the Netherlands in tonight's World Cup semi-final.

  • BBC Sport's South American expert Tim Vickery

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    "There is now no hiding place. Even the most blinkered Brazil fan can no longer point to the triumphs of the past and pretend there are no problems with the country's football.

    "The Brazilian club game is currently a shambles, both in terms of organisation off the field and ideas on it."

    Read more from Tim on the state of Brazilian football here.

  • BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty in Belo Horizonte

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    "At the back of Brazil's consciousness, there was always the fear Luiz Felipe Scolari's team might not deliver the World Cup this country had paid so handsomely, and so contentiously, to stage.

    "But no-one imagined it could be like this - so brutal, so humiliating. It was defeat on such a scale, inflicted on Brazil on the world stage and in their own country, that it will be a landmark moment in the game's history."

    Read more from Phil on Brazil's infamous defeat here.

  • Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at19:43

    An Argentina fan shows "seven", in reference to the number of goals Brazil let in against Germany in their semi-final match, as he makes his way to the Arena de Sao Paulo.

    And with that, time for a bit more reflection on last night's incredible match...

  • BBC Radio 5 live

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    South American football expert Tim Vickery: "I suppose if Argentina lose tonight's match 6-1 they might still have a reason to boast over Brazil but their focus is on their own game and on the death of Alfredo Di Stefano.

    "They want to win the World Cup and if they don't they will be in problemsville. They won the World Youth Cup so many times between 1995 and 2007, but their recent youth sides have been poor. The fear is that if they don't do it this time, on South American soil, with Lionel Messi in his prime, when will they do it?"

  • Silence for Di Stefano

    Netherlands v Argentina (21:00 BST)

    Posted at19:38

    One of the true footballing greats will be remembered ahead of kick-off in the Arena de Sao Paulo. Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano sadly died on Monday, aged 88.

    Di Stefano spent eight years playing for River Plate in Argentina and Millonarios in Colombia before moving to Madrid in 1953

    Fifa says a "moment of silence" wil

Posted on Wednesday 9th July 2014

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