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Now that the line-up for the Final has been decided, Germany-Argentina on Sunday at the Maracana, we're here to digest all the reaction from an intriguing clash in Sao Paulo on our daily tournament blog. Thanks for joining us here and the Global Stadium will open again on Saturday for the penultimate match at Brazil 2014, the play-off for third place between Brazil and Netherlands.
There are emotional scenes at the final whistle as Robben and Van Persie salute the Dutch fans. Messi and his teammates wildly celebrate with the Argentinian faithful.
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ARGENTINA ARE INTO THE FINAL! They will face Germany after Maxi Rodriguez converted his penalty. After an attritional 120 minutes, it was Sergio Romero who was the hero. He saved from Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder, with Rodriguez scoring the crucial spot kick.
IT'S IN! ARGENTINA ARE INTO THE FINAL! Cillessen gets a touch on the ball but it crashes in off the underside of the bar.
Kuyt passes the ball low to his right, and Romero goes the wrong way.
Aguero scores low to Cillessen's right, with the keeper getting close to the ball but unable to keep it out.
Sneijder's effort is saved! Romero dives to his right to keep the penalty out.
Garay smashes a thunderous effort into the roof of the net, leaving Cillessen no chance.
Robben hits it low into the bottom right hand corner, with Romero diving the wrong way.
Messi places into the left side netting, sending Cillessen the wrong way.
Vlaar sees his spot kick saved by Romero, low down to the goalkeeper's left.
Only four of the 25 teams to miss the first penalty in a World Cup shootout have advanced. Argentina have been involved in four penalty shootouts, winning three and losing one. Netherlands won a shootout for the first time against Costa Rica in the quarter-finals.
END OF EXTRA TIME: It's all over in Sao Paulo and it's the first World Cup semi-final to finish goalless after extra time. A place in the World Cup Final will be decided on penalties and it'll be Jasper Cillessen facing the spot kicks this time around, with Tim Krul not rising from the bench during the game. Stick with us as the drama unfolds!
Messi tears down the Argentinian right past Vlaar and chips a ball to the back post. It sits up for Rodriguez to hit at goal, but he scuffs his effort into the ground and it's easy for Cillessen.
CHANCE! The ball bounces invitingly behind the Dutch defence for Palacio and the No18 can't wait for the ball to come down and heads a tame effort into the hands of Cillessen. Has the forward just squandered the one big opportunity to win it?
Messi touches the ball too close to De Vrij who strides out of defence with it at his feet. The No3 takes a look up and smashes a shot from distance, but it's always swerving wide.
The Dutch get us underway for the second period of extra time.
The first 15 minutes haven't bought too many more clear opportunities for either side, and both teams have made their third and final substitution. There'll be no repeat of Tim Krul's heroics in the quarter-final as a result. Who will make themselves the hero in this semi-final?
CHANCE! Palacio turns Blind well and delivers a whipped ball across the six yard box from the Argentinian right, but it's just in front of Aguero. Janmaat touches it behind for a corner, which is cleared.
Rodriguez enters the fray. He, along with Messi, Mascherano, Kuyt, Van Persie, Sneijder and Robben, played in the 0-0 draw at Germany 2006, the last meeting between these two.
Robben cuts in onto his favoured left foot from the Dutch right and powers a dipping shot at goal. It bounces just in front of Romero and the Argentina No1 collects well.
The skipper is replaced and hands the armband to Robben. The Dutch will be hoping for more late heroics from Hunterlaar.
This is only the second World Cup semi-final to finish 0-0 after 90 minutes. The first was Germany-Italy in 2006.
Argentina get us underway.
END OF 90 MINUTES: It's been an attritional match in Sao Paulo so far and neither side have been able to find the telling moment to win the game in normal time. Arjen Robben had a chance in the final moments but was denied by a superb Javier Mascherano block. Will the Dutch take another side to penalties? Or will there be another Di Maria-esque moment for the Albiceleste? Stick with us to find out!
CHANCE! A superb flick by Sneijder sees Robben set clear of the Argentinian defence. He's about to pull the trigger and fire at goal, but he's denied by a quite magnificent Mascherano block.
Robben sprints down the Dutch left and is halted by a Garay challenge. Sneijder whips the corner in, it's cleared by Rojo and Clasie's drive from distance is well wide.
It's an optimistic drive by Rojo from disance, but Cillessen pats the ball down and colects.
Double substiution by Alejandro Sabella: Perez and Higuain leave the field to be replaced by Aguero and Palacio. It means Palacio goes to the Argentina right, Lavezzi on the left with Aguero through the middle. Messi is tucked in just behind in a more conventional No10 role.
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The last four of the Netherlands' goals have come in the last 15 minutes of their matches at Brazil 2014.
SIDE NETTING! Perez bursts down the Argentina right and plays a delicious through ball to Higuain who pokes towards goal. A section of the Albiceleste support celebrate wildly, but it's nestled in the side netting on the outside of the goal.
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Robben brings the ball down superbly in the final third, turns and tees up a galloping Janmaat on the Dutch right. His cross is met by Van Persie attempting an acrobatic effort, but the No9 is offside in any case.
Lavezzi finds a few yards of space on the Argentina left, cuts inside and hammers a shot at goal, but the considerable frame of Vlaar is in the way.
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It's now raining heavily in Sao Paulo, with the rain lashing down as the wet weather continues to make its way down the Brazilian coast.
With Clasie's introduction, the Dutch join Spain and Colombia in having used the most players at this World Cup: 22.
Lavezzi turns inside the on the Argentinian right and chips a ball to the back post. Higuain tries a header on target, but De Vrij is there to block.
21 of the 23 in the Dutch squad have played at Brazil 2014. Only Michel Vorm and Jordy Clasie have yet to see any action at these finals.
After Demichelis downs Robben, Sneijder has a shot from all of 30 yards on the Dutch left. It's high and over the bar.
The change sees a bit of a reshuffle in the Dutch XI. Blind moves inside to the left side of the central defensive three, while Kuyt goes to left wing-back and Janmaat lines up in his place on the right.
The Argentinians eventually emerge for the second period and the Dutch are ready to kick off.
The Dutch players emerge into the tunnel and out into the stadium ready for the second half, it looks like we might have a change at the start of the second half, with Daryl Janmaat being readied.
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HALF TIME: In a stark contrast from the first semi-final, the opening half of this game has been a cagey and tense affair. Neither side have created many clear-cut opportunities, with plenty of free-kicks and stoppages breaking up play. Set pieces seem to be the key at the moment, but neither side are fully taking advantage of the opportunities presented to them. It's all set for an intriguing second half.
The game has worked itself into a rather repetitive rhythm, with the Dutch retaining a lot of possession while the Argentinians withdraw and restrain themselves from pressing.
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There's a break in play as Mascherano goes down after a clash of heads with Wijnaldum. After initially looking very dazed, the No14 returns to the field of play.
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Lavezzi whips in the corner kick and Garay throws himself at it. The Benfica defender takes an accidental boot to the face but gets up and runs back to his defence.
Argentina is the only of the 32 teams at the 2014 World Cup that has not yet been behind in a match. #NED #ARG— Infostrada Sports (@Infostrada Sports) 09/07/2014 21:16
Messi smashes the set piece to the left of the Dutch wall, but Cillessen is down and smartly collects.
Perez, who has been one of Argentina's brightest players in the opening stages, darts infield and is felled by Vlaar. It's in Messi territory.
After excellent work by Mascherano sees the Barça man win the ball off Robben, his clearance is rather rushed and deflected into the path of Sneijder. The No10 hits a hopeful half-volley, but it's wide of Romero's right-hand post.
Kuyt dinks a quite brilliant lofted through ball from the Dutch right towards Robben but the winger, drifting in from the left, is offside.
Perez, starting in place of the injured Di Maria, drifts infield from his starting position on the Argentinian right and dances past a couple of Dutch challenges. Before finding Messi, he's halted just in front of the Oranje defence.
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Commentating the #NedArg game for @Espn with my friend Santiago Solari. Go Netherlands! #WorldCup2014 #DutchLions. http://t.co/ct3dCJHkO1— Ruud van Nistelrooy (@Ruud van Nistelrooy) 09/07/2014 20:02
Argentina get us underway in their traditional white and sky-blue striped shirts, black shorts and black socks. They face the Dutch in their Orange shirts and socks, and white shorts.
The teams join in the centre circle for a moment of silence, to commemorate the incredible career of Alfredo Di Stefano, who sadly passed away earlier this week. Spontaneous applause breaks out in the crowd.
Netherlands make one change from their quarter-final penalties win over Costa Rica, with Nigel de Jong returning from injury in place of Memphis Depay. Argentina make two changes, with Marcos Rojo returning from suspension in place of Jose Basanta, while Enzo Perez replaces the injured Angel Di Maria.
1 CILLESSEN, 2 VLAAR, 3 DE VRIJ, 4 MARTINS INDI, 5 BLIND, 6 DE JONG, 9 V. PERSIE, 10 SNEIJDER, 11 ROBBEN, 15 KUYT, 20 WIJNALDUM
1 ROMERO, 2 GARAY, 4 ZABALETA, 6 BIGLIA, 8 PEREZ, 9 HIGUAIN, 10 MESSI, 14 MASCHERANO, 15 DEMICHELIS, 16 ROJO, 22 LAVEZZI
Two of world football's biggest superstars Robin van Persie and Lionel Messi meet in the centre circle for the pre-match captain's coin toss.
Next up is the Himno Nacional Argentina. The large Argentinian contingent in the stadium join the players in song.
Het Wilhelmus rings out around the Arena de Sao Paulo and the Oranje players join in passionately, clutching each other around the shoulders.
The players walk out onto the pitch to rapturous applause, and the Dutch prepare for their national anthem.
Robin van Persie is leading his Dutch team down the tunnel as the players take their place ahead of walking out onto the pitch. The Argentinians follow them, with Lionel Messi walking in front.
NETHERLANDS' ROAD TO THE SEMIS:
Pl 15 W13 D2 L0 GF46 (3.06pg) GA9 (0.6pg)
Including World Cup qualifiers, the Dutch have played 15 games, winning 13 and drawing twice on the road to Sao Paulo. Their biggest win came against Hungary (8-1) and they have scored 46 goals, giving them an average of 3.06 goals per game, the best of the four semi-finalists ahead of Tuesday's first semi.
ARGENTINA'S ROAD TO THE SEMIS:
Pl 21 W14 D5 L2 GF 43 (2.05pg) GA 18 (0.86pg)
Argentina are the only semi-finalist to lose a match on the road to the last four (including World Cup qualifiers) before the semis. They were defeated by Venezuela (1-0) and Uruguay (3-2) in South American qualifying but have won every game since they arrived in Brazil.
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1 Jasper CILLESSEN, 2 Ron VLAAR, 3 Stefan DE VRIJ, 4 Bruno MARTINS INDI, 5 Daley BLIND, 6 Nigel DE JONG, 8 Jonathan DE GUZMAN, 10 Wesley SNEIJDER, 15 Dirk KUYT, 9 Robin VAN PERSIE, 11 Arjen ROBBEN
1 Sergio ROMERO, 2 Ezequiel GARAY, 3 Hugo CAMPAGNARO, 4 Pablo ZABALETA, 16 Marcos ROJO, 6 Lucas BIGLIA, 8 Enzo PEREZ, 14 Javier MASCHERANO, 9 Gonzalo HIGUAIN, 10 Lionel MESSI, 22 Ezequiel LAVEZZI
"As a player winning a World Cup is the best there is. It's something you dream about when you are a kid and it never disappears. I have asked my Barcelona team-mates Xavi, (Andres) Iniesta and (Gerard) Pique what it is like to lift the trophy, and they couldn't explain. We will do everything to make this dream a reality. To play a World Cup final with the great atmosphere of the Maracana is something what every player dreams of, but first we have to make sure we get there."
"The semi-finals are fantastic, but we know what it feels like to lose a World Cup, and we would love to win. Argentina are a world-class team and they deserve to be in the last four. But we want to measure ourselves against the best, and not only measure, but win. That's why we're here."
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Martin Demichelis won a domestic league title in 2010 with Bayern Munich. The team was coached by Louis van Gaal and Arjen Robben was in the squad.
Argentina have conceded two goals in their last four matches. Both were scored by Nigeria's Ahmed Musa.
DID YOU KNOW?
At Brazil 2014, the Netherlands have a chance to exact revenge on all three teams that have defeated them in a World Cup Final. They have already beaten Spain and now face Argentina. The Dutch could meet Germany in the final.
getting ready for the semi-finals!! Excited!! Can Robben beat Messi? Hmmm.. #NEDARG— Armin van Buuren (@Armin van Buuren) 09/07/2014 19:31
The teams are out on the pitch warming up. Argentina, unsurprisingly, get a less-than-welcoming reception from the large Brazilian contingent among the crowd.
PREVIOUS WORLD CUP MEETINGS
1974: Netherlands 4-0 Argentina (second round)
1978: Argentina 3-1 Netherlands AET (Final)
1998: Netherlands 2-1 Argentina (quarter-finals)
2006: Netherlands 0-0 Argentina (group stages)
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Twice a team that finished runners-up in one World Cup went on to win the next World Cup. West Germany managed that in 1990 and Brazil did it in 2002.
THE NETHERLANDS-ARGENTINA LINE-UPS
The starting XIs for the second semi-final have been announced!
#NED Line-Up: Cillessen, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, De Jong, Van Persie (c), Sneijder, Robben, Kuyt, Wijnaldum #NEDARG #WorldCup— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 09/07/2014 19:02
#ARG Line-Up: Romero, Garay, Zabaleta, Biglia, Perez, Higuaín, Messi, Mascherano, Demichelis, Rojo, Lavezzi #NEDARG #WorldCup #joinin— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 09/07/2014 19:02
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Brazil 2014 semi-final between the Netherlands and Argentina. After Germany's staggering 7-1 victory over hosts Brazil in Belo Horizonte yesterday, Joachim Low's side will be watching this game with great interest as they will play the winner in the Final on Sunday at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
Today's two teams have met in the World Cup on four previous occasions, including in the 1978 Final where La Albiceleste beat the Oranje 3-1, so their meeting at the Arena de Sao Paulo this evening is expected to be another great match-up. So, stay with us as we bring you all the build-up to kick-off and we'll then have our LIVE minute-by-minute coverage from Sao Paulo keeping you up to date with everything from Match 62 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Don't forget to #joinin on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to be a part of the global conversation, which you can follow along on our World Cup social hub.
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