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World Cup live blog: July 9

The Netherlands takes on Argentina at 4 p.m. Eastern time for the right to face Germany in Sunday’s final.

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Marissa Payne
July 9, 3:31 pm
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Argentina releases its lineup

Perhaps surprisingly, Sergio Aguero will start on the bench.

Marissa Payne
July 9, 3:34 pm
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Netherlands releases its lineup

All the usual suspects are there.

Marissa Payne
July 9, 3:35 pm
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Get to know Argentina's Lionel Messi a bit more

Through a fictional film!

I don’t know. I think I’d rather just watch 90 minutes of the real Messi.

Marissa Payne
July 9, 3:43 pm
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So you think you can flop?

The Washington Post’s graphics team compiled some of the World Cup’s most notable dives and fouls for you to rate. Judge if the player’s truly in pain or if he’s honing his acting skills by clicking here.

Marissa Payne
July 9, 3:49 pm
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Rate the best dives from this year's World Cup

(Eddie Keough/Reuters)

(Eddie Keough/Reuters)

The Washington Post’s graphics team compiled some of the World Cup’s most notable dives and fouls for you to rate. Judge if the player’s truly in pain or if he’s honing his acting skills by clicking here.

Marissa Payne
July 9, 3:49 pm
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The medium is the message

(Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

(Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Marissa Payne
July 9, 3:51 pm
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Diego Maradona is in the stands

Kind of.

(Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

(Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

Marissa Payne
July 9, 3:55 pm
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Jasper Cillesson winks at Messi in the tunnel

Well, the Dutch goalkeeper seems confident, doesn’t he?

Marissa Payne
July 9, 4:00 pm
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Move over Maradona mask, here's a Pope mask

And he’s a Messi fan!

Marissa Payne
July 9, 4:01 pm
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