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SO CLOSE YET SO FAR, THE ORANJE ARMY LOOSES THE BATTLE

Netherlands (2)0-0(4) Argentina

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Argentina converted all their penalties to book their place in the finals

The Dutch seem to be one of the most unlucky teams in the world. They always come so close to winning the World Cup but somehow lose it on the home stretch. In the last season in South Africa they lost it to Spain in the dying minutes of extra time.

Yesterday after 120 minutes of goalless game, the two teams had to settle for penalties. Argentina’s goalkeeper became the hero and man of the match when he save two spot kicks from Welsey Sneijder and Ron Vlaar that won them a ticket to the finals since 1990.

The Netherlands tactician chose to stick with Cillessen his first choice goalkeeper during the shootouts, instead of the Newcastle stopper who helped them reach the semi-finals against Costa Rica. Unfortunately, Cillessen was not able to duplicate the heroic performance of Tim Krul.

Holland’s performance was below average especially in the attacking area, and the team failed to have any shot on target for 90 mins, only partaking one shot on target that came early in extra time.

Argentina tried to win the game late on when their coach Sabella made a double substitution to bring in Aguero and Rodrigo Palacio for Huguain and Perez respectively, but were unable to break the deadlock.

It now seems as though the team that keeps the ball for long ends up losing the game. It happened with Spain vs Chile, Italy vs Costa Rica, Ghana vs USA and now with Netherlands who kept the ball but failed to trouble the Argentina’s defence.

Argentina converted all the penalties courtesy of Messi, Garay, Aguero and Rodriguez, while the Dutch only scored two from Robben and Kuyt.

Argentina now prepare to face Germany in the finals on Sunday 10pm (Kenyan time). Val Gaal’s team will prepare to face Scolari’s Samba Boys on Saturday for the battle of 3rd place. That game will mark his last match as the Oranje boss as he will be managing Manchester United.

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