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Argentina stops the Netherlands march towards the final and gives them no chance to lose a fifth World Cup final. Van Gaal’s brilliance against Costa Rica was replaced by greed and it cost him the match in penalty shootouts. Argentina will face Germany for the third time in the World Cup final after 1986 and 1990.

Julian Finney

ARGENTINA 0-0 (P4-2) NETHERLANDS

After the seven goals match one night before, both teams started the match off cautiously. Argentina had the upper hand in dangerous chances but Netherlands were better in possession. It could have gone either way but the Argentinean defense impressed and held off the best goal scoring team in the competition to Nil. A goal by Higuain was disallowed for offside. In the replays, it looked like the wrong call to me but since no one is making any fuss about it, then I must have missed something there. There was one turning point in the game; Minute 96 when Van Gaal gambled by substituting Van Persie by Huntelaar using up his third substitution. The gamble proved to be a failure when the Argentineans surprisingly looked like a team dependant on defense and eventually Cillessen had no chance saving any of the penalties. Romero was able to save the first and the second Netherlands penalty shots and Argentina had to wait for Veteran Maxi Rodiguez to score the fourth penalty for Argentina to qualify to the Finals

GROUP STAGE STANDINGS

Group A

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Brazil

3

2

1

-

7

2

+5

7

Mexico

3

2

1

-

4

1

+3

7

Croatia

3

1

-

2

6

6

0

3

Cameron

3

-

-

3

1

9

-8

0

Group B

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Netherlands

3

3

-

-

10

3

+7

9

Chile

3

2

-

1

5

3

+2

6

Spain

3

1

-

2

4

7

-3

3

Australia

3

-

-

3

3

9

-6

0

Group C

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Colombia

3

3

-

-

9

2

+7

9

Greece

3

1

1

1

2

4

-2

4

Ivory Coast

3

1

-

2

4

5

-1

3

Japan

3

-

1

2

2

6

-4

1

Group D

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Costa Rica

3

2

1

-

4

1

+3

7

Uruguay

3

2

-

1

4

4

0

6

Italy

3

1

-

1

2

3

-1

3

England

3

-

1

2

2

4

-2

1

Group E

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

France

3

2

1

-

8

2

+6

7

Switzerland

3

2

-

1

7

6

+1

6

Ecuador

3

1

1

1

3

3

0

4

Honduras

3

-

-

3

1

8

-7

0

Group F

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Argentina

3

3

-

-

6

3

+3

9

Nigeria

3

1

1

1

3

3

0

4

Bosnia-Herzegovina

3

1

-

2

4

4

0

3

Iran

3

-

1

2

2

3

-1

1

Group G

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Germany

3

2

1

-

7

2

+5

7

USA

3

1

1

1

4

4

0

4

Portugal

3

1

1

1

4

7

-3

4

Ghana

3

-

1

2

4

6

-2

1

Group H

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Belgium

3

3

-

-

4

1

+3

9

Algeria

3

1

2

-

6

5

+1

4

Russia

3

-

2

1

2

3

-1

2

Korea Republic

3

-

1

2

3

6

-3

1

Golden Boot

Name

Team

Goals

James

Colombia

6

Mueller

Germany

5

Neymar

Brazil

4

Messi

Argentina

4

Robben

Netherlands

3

Schulle

Germany

3

Van Persie

Netherlands

3

Benzema

France

3

Shaqiri

Switzerland

3

Cahill

Australia

2

Mandzukic

Croatia

2

Ruiz

Costa Rica

2

Oscar

Brazil

2

Gyan

Ghana

2

Suarez

Uruguay

2

Memphis

Netherlands

2

Perisic

Croatia

2

Jackson

Colombia

2

Hummels

Germany

2

Ayew

Ghana

2

Djabou

Algeria

2

Alves

Brazil

2

Musa

Nigeria

2

Slimani

Algeria

2

Dempsey

USA

2

Klose

Germany

2

Kroos

Germany

2

Sanchez

Chile

2

Peralta

Mexico

1

Alonso

Spain

1

De Vrij

Netherlands

1

Valdivia

Chile

1

Beausejour

Chile

1

Armero

Colombia

1

Gutierrez

Colombia

1

Cavani

Uruguay

1

Campbell

Costa Rica

1

Duarte

Costa Rica

1

Urena

Costa Rica

1

Marchisio

Italy

1

Balotelli

Italy

1

Sturridge

England

1

Bony

Ivory Coast

1

Gervinho

Ivory Coast

1

Honda

Japan

1

Valencia

Ecuador

1

Mehmedi

Switzerland

1

Seferovic

Switzerland

1

Ibisevic

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

Brooks

USA

1

Feghouli

Algeria

1

Fellani

Belgium

1

Mertens

Belgium

1

K H Lee

Korea Republic

1

Kerzhakov

Russia

1

Jedinak

Australia

1

Vargas

Chile

1

Aranguiz

Chile

1

Olic

Croatia

1

Quintero

Colombia

1

Rooney

England

1

Dzemaili

Switzerland

1

Xhaka

Switzerland

1

Matuidi

France

1

Giroud

France

1

Valbuena

France

1

Sissoko

France

1

Odemwingie

Nigeria

1

Origi

Belgium

1

H M Son

Korea Republic

1

J C Koo

Korea Republic

1

Hallichi

Algeria

1

Brahimi

Algeria

1

Fer

Netherlands

1

Torres

Spain

1

Villa

Spain

1

Mata

Spain

1

Matip

Cameron

1

Fernandinho

Brazil

1

Fred

Brazil

1

Marquez

Mexico

1

Hernandez

Mexico

1

Guardado

Mexico

1

Godin

Uruguay

1

Okazaki

Japan

1

Cuadrado

Colombia

1

Rojo

Argentina

1

Dzeko

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

Pjanic

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

Vrsajevic

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

Boye

Portugal

1

Ronaldo

Portugal

1

Vertonghen

Belgium

1

Kokorin

Russia

1

Alves

Brazil

1

Dos Santos

Mexico

1

Huntelaar

Netherlands

1

Shneijder

Netherlands

1

Sokratis

Greece

1

Ozil

Germany

1

Pogba

France

1

Di Maria

Argentina

1

De Bruyne

Belgium

1

Lukaku

Belgium

1

Green

USA

1

Higuain

Argentina

1

Khdiera

Germany

1

CONTINENTS PERCETAGE QUALIFICATION TO THE ROUND OF 16:

Qualification Section

Number of Teams

Qualified to Knockout Stage

Ratio

Percentage

North, Central America & Caribbean

4

3

3/4

75%

South America

6

5

5/6

83%

Europe

13

6

6/13

46%

Africa

5

2

2/5

40%

Asia

4

0

0

0%

Oceania

0

0

0

0%

*Indicates that there is still team(s) with undecided results in the last day of group stage

CONTINENTS PERCETAGE QUALIFICATION TO QUARTERFINALS:

Qualification Section

Round of 16

Qualified To Quarterfinals

Ratio

Percentage

North, Central America & Caribbean

3

1

1/3

33%

South America

5

3

3/5

60%

Europe

6

4

4/6

67%

Africa

2

0

0

0%

Knockout Stage is Shaping Up:

ROUND OF 16

QUARTER FINALS

SEMI FINAL

FINAL

CHAMPION

BRAZIL

1*

BRAZIL

2

BRAZIL

1

GERMANY

CHILE

1

COLOMBIA

2

COLOMBIA

1

URUGUAY

0

FRANCE

2

FRANCE

0

GERMANY

7

NIGERIA

0

GERMANY

2

GERMANY

1

ALGERIA

1

BELGIUM

2

BLEGIUM

0

ARGENTINA

0*

ARGENTINA

THIRD PLACE

USA

1

BRAZIL VS NETHERLANDS

ARGENTINA

1

ARGENTINA

1

SWITZERLAND

0

COSTA RICA

1*

COSTA RICA

0

NETHERLANDS

0

GREECE

1

NETHERLANDS

2

NETHERLANDS

0*

MEXICO

1

*Brazil won 3-2 penalty shootouts

*Costa Rica won 5-3 in penalty shootouts

*Netherlands won 4-2 in penalty shootouts

*Argentina won 4-2 in penalty shootouts

12 July Fixture:

Third Place Match: Brazil Vs Netherlands

13 July Fixture:

World Cup Winner Match: Germany Vs Argentina