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FIFA World Cup
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.

Many 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.

After 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.

On 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.

But, 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.

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