Netherlands vs Argentina Preview: All Eyes on Sao PauloPublished July 9, 2014 by Sol FH
The Netherlands vs Argentina, head-to-head tonight for a ticket to the 2014 World Cup Championships.
The game we all secretly knew was coming is finally here, and for Argentina and Holland it means they are one win away for a shot at the World Cup Championship. The stage is set for Goliath to take on Goliath as both teams could easily be argued as the best in the world on any given day. Having the best players in the world - Messi for Argentina, Robben/Van Persie/Sneijder for the Netherlands - should make for a thrilling match.
Road to the Final
Holland have been spectacular throughout the World Cup aside from a few lack-luster, albeit winning performances. They handled all teams with ease up until the Quarter Finals in which they met Costa Rica, a team that could have been dubbed the "Giant Killer" had they beat Holland in the heart-wrenching penalty shoot-out after a hard fought 120 minutes. Watching the game was like witnessing a "how-to-control-a-game" clinic put on by the Netherlands but the outstanding performance by Costa Rican Goalie Keylor Navas stopping the barrage of shots from Robben, Sneijder and Van Persie from early-on. He won Man of the Match which should give insight as to just how many shots were fired at him, many from close range at top speed. The Netherlands looked excellent but needed penalty shots to seal the deal which they did in style and a quick goalie substitute just before the end of extra time.
Argentina started the World Cup as "Messi and the Gang" but in the last couple performances the rest of the roster has begun to shine. It was Gonzalo Higuain that netted the winner in the 8th minute of play which proved to be enough as they held Belgium to a scoreless Quarter Final to move to the Semi's. They are now listed as outright favorites to win the World Cup (bet365-3.50) but have their toughest game so far tonight and need a huge performance from the entire team tonight.
Who will hold up for tonight's World Cup semi-final? It's a toss-up, and we'll be glued to the tv like the rest of the world.