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July 9, 2014

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

Netherlands wears the black hat | How to stop Messi?Video preview | Knockout-round bracket | Full coverage.

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On paper, this looks like it will be a good match. Washington Post sports writer Des Bieler broke it all down, starting with their World Cup resumes, as well as the two teams’ history with each other.

Germany: 18 appearances, 3 championships (1954, 1974, 1990), 4 runners-up (1966, 1982, 1986, 2002), 4 third places (1934, 1970, 2006, 2010)

Argentina: 16 appearances, 2 championships (1978, 1986), 2 runners-up (1930, 1990)

Germany leads, 4-1-1 (does not include 1-1 tie with East Germany in 1974). Argentina def. Germany, 3-2, in 1986 final. Germany def. Argentina, 1-0, in 1990 final.

To read the rest, click here.

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(Tolga Bozoglu/EPA)

(Tolga Bozoglu/EPA)

The Washington Post’s Rick Maese attended the drizzle-laden game in Sao Paulo and wrote about it afterward. Here’s what he found out about Van Persie’s exit:

Van Persie and Robben entered the game with three goals apiece in this tournament. Van Persie didn’t finish it, however. For the second time this tournament, van Gaal gave him the hook. The coach inserted a sub, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, in the opening minutes of extra time and his captain, who’d missed most of the previous day’s practice with a stomach ailment, watched the end of the match from the bench. Van Gaal said van Persie was taken out because he was “exhausted.”

Read the rest of his recap by clicking here.

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At least his dad came over to console him.

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The American actor with a huge German fan base took to Twitter after Argentina beat the Netherlands. He’s ready for some futbol.

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(Diego Azubel/EPA)

(Diego Azubel/EPA)

Although the orange-clad team won’t be playing in the finals on Sunday, Arjen Robben and Co. will be playing against Brazil on Saturday. Brazil will most likely be looking for more redemption, considering their heavy loss, so hopefully the game will be great. It will air on Saturday at 4 p.m. EST.

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(Sebastiao Moreira/EPA)

(Sebastiao Moreira/EPA)

The Argentine goalkeeper didn’t have to do much during the game, but he sure did a lot during the penalty shootout segment. He blocked two shots to send his team into the finals.

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Muller by Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images; Messi by Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Muller by Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images; Messi by Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Compared to Tuesday’s nearly unprecedented lopsided match between Germany, who scored 7 goals compared to Brazil’s 1, today’s semifinal was a lesson in defense. Neither team scored in over 120 minutes of play. It will be interesting to see if either Germany or Argentina are affected by their semifinal bouts.

Germany could come in overconfident, while Argentina might concentrate more on the back field than scoring.

We’ll have to wait till Sunday at 3 p.m. EST to find out.

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(Clive Rose/Getty Images)

(Clive Rose/Getty Images)

After 120-plus minutes of soccer with neither Argentina nor the Netherlands scoring, Germany’s finals opponent was determined by a penalty kick shootout. The Netherlands missed two of four kick, while Argentina hit them all to go through with a PK score of 4-2. The fifth kick was no necessary.

Here’s how the rest of the stats panned out.

Netherlands Argentina
0 Goals 0
0 Assists 0
7 Shots 8
3 Shots on Goal 5
4 Saves 2
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
16 Crosses 14
4 Corner Kicks 4
4 Offside 4
15 Fouls Committed 10
2 Cautions/Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
54% Ball Possession 46%
2 Shootout Results 4
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Maxi Rodriguez hits the fourth penalty kick in for his country and sends his team to the finals. Argentina will meet Germany on Sunday.

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Dirk Kuyt gets it done.

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Sergio Aguero popped it past Cillessen who got a touch on it, but couldn’t stop it. The Netherlands has to make the next kick to stay in.

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Sneijder can’t get it past Romero. Argentina’s in the lead.

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Ezequiel Garay hit the back of the net to make it 2-1.

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Arjen Robben helped his team even it out.

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Messi easily makes it 1-0, as Cillessen dove the wrong direction.

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Ron Vlaar, a defender, couldn’t quite do it. Argentina already has the advantage.

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The last time The Netherlands went into a shootout in this World Cup, Cillessen was subbed out for the back-up goalkeeper. That won’t happen this time. The Netherlands has used all three of its substitutions, meaning Cillessen will stay in whether Louis Van Gaal likes it or not.

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So, a penalty shootout it shall be. This is only the fifth time that a semifinal World Cup match will end in a penalty kick shootout.

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(Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images)

(Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images)

Messi sent a cross across to connect with Maxi Rodriguez, but the shot failed to make it past Cillissen again.

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(Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

(Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

It looked almost like a sure thing, but Palacio’s header didn’t float the ball high enough to escape the grasp of the Dutch goalkeeper. With under five minutes to go before before extra time ends, it’s looking more likely that this will end in a penalty kick shootout.

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