Argentina takes on Netherlands in World Cup semi-final

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11:34 | Lima, Jul. 09.

Argentina and the Netherlands collide in the 2014 World Cup semifinals in Brazil on Wednesday afternoon, with the winner advancing to face Germany in the tournament final, it has been reported.
The two sides will face off each other in the second World Cup semi-final which is set to take place at Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo.

Argentina succeeded in sliding into their first World Cup semi-final since finishing in second place in 1990 thanks to a 1-0 victory over a disappointing Belgium in Brasilia last Saturday.

The last time the South American side reached the semifinal stage was 24 years ago in Italy, when Diego Maradona led the team to the final, which it lost 1-0 to West Germany.

In turn, the 2010 runners-up the Netherlands had their 0-0 game against Costa Rica decided on penalty kicks and they advanced due to scoring on four of their attempts, reported.

In the first of the semi-final tie, three-time winners Germany handed five-time champions Brazil its heaviest World Cup loss ever on Tuesday with an astounding 7-1 rout in the semifinals that stunned the host nation.

Miroslav Klose scored a record-setting 16th career World Cup goal in a five-goal spurt in the first half as Brazil's defense was torn apart. Brazil's previous biggest World Cup loss was 3-0 to France in the 1998 final. 

The Germans are expected to face either Argentina or the Netherlands in Sunday's final at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.


Published: 7/9/2014