FIFA World Cup Semi Final: Netherlands Vs Argentina
Netherlands and Argentina have been the standout performers in the ongoing world cup. These two teams are set for a clash in the semi-finals later tonight at Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo. Neither have lost a single game in the competition, but one would have to pack their bags tonight, as the winner is set for a finals against the confident Germans, who thrashed Brazil, 7-1.
dreamt of an all South American finals between Brazil and Argentina,
but if things go according to plan for Netherlands, it could be an
all European finals. Netherlands have a number of star players in
their ranks, but could miss out on the services of their striker,
Robin Van Persie due to stomach problems. But, this should not deter
the Dutch side, who have other players such as Robben, Sneijder,
Kuyt, Blind, who can change the game on their own.
their victory against Spain, where the score read, 5-1, they have not
looked back since then. But, they received a scare against the Costa
Rican side, which held them scoreless even after the completion of
120 minutes of normal play. The Dutch won during the penalty
shoot-out. This time around against Argentina, they would love to
settle the game during the first 90 minutes itself, if possible.
the other hand, Argentina, who were considered favourites prior to
the competition are a strong side, but would be missing Angel Maria.
Argentina have been too dependent on Lionel Messi to help Argetina
win their match, so Van Gaal, the Dutch manager, the tactician he is,
would make sure Messi fails, which could eventually lead to the
downfall of Argentina, which is not easy. Messi has been in great
form in the competition scoring important goals.
Argentina is not all about Messi, as Higuain looked good in the last
game and would continue with the same form. Aguero, another striker
could be available for the game, which are all positive signs for
Argentina and bad news for Netherlands.