ARGENTINA VS NETHERLANDS: THE MOMENTS OF A GOOD WORLD CUP SEMIFINAL

It was indeed a good game, even if not played that smartly – it had the fine qualities to keep the fans and enthusiasts glued to the TV sets – yes, it went to the war of nerves and was decided by the Penalty Shootout, a ‘never preferable’ end to such a good game – but, it had the elements of a must-watch World Cup semifinal – here is how the 127+Penalty Shootout minutes went for me:

19h – Netherlands Vs Argentina or Argentina Vs Netherlands – Hope it remains the same both ways – especially after the #BrazilVsGermany letdown! —

19h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – it begins now —

19h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – 1st 25 minutes – good game as the moments are on the go – chances and close chances and the missed close chances —

19h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – an all European World Cup final or Europe Vs South America will be the sides? Match is open – equal chances after 35 minutes – Score 0-0 —

19h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – 5 minutes to 45+1 – Score still 0-0 – can Netherlands be the finalist again after 2010? – Oranje and white-blue-stripes equally good —

19h – Netherlands V Argentina – Score 0-0 after the half-time – good show so far – #Messi’s hit hits goalpost in 45+2 –

19h – Netherlands V Argentina – uneventful 1st half with Score 0-0 – as expected, the Dutch had the ball more but Argentina, too, were on the job —

19h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – 2nd half begins with 0-0 – how eventful it is going to be after uneventful 1st half? —

19h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – 15 minutes of 2nd half – Score 0-0 – Argentina defeated Netherlands in 1978 final – Netherlands were 1974 finalist as well —

19h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – 65 minutes so far – not soooo charged-up attacking moves so far – Score still 0-0 —

19h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – 75 minutes into the match – Argentina’s close chance in 75th minute – game’s pace up post 70 minutes – with Score 0-0 —

19h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – 10 minutes to 90+3 – Score 0-0 – where is that moment, that will give us a goal, that will give us the result?

18h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – 87th minute: Netherlands’ (#Clasie) corner off the target – #Messi, too, charging in 87th minute – shot, Netherlands to Argentina goalpost in 89th minute – 90+3 begins now —

18h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – #Robben misses close chance in 90+1 – 90+3 ends – Argentina 0-Netherlands 0 —

18h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – ET (Extra Time) begins – will it give the second World Cup finalist or are we headed for yet another Penalty Shootout end? —

18h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – ET 1st half goes goalless as well – Yellow Card to #Huntelaar in 90+15th minute —

18h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – 111 minutes of game so far – Score still 0-0 – 16 minutes to Penalty Shootout — Netherlands Total Football may give us then the all European FIFA World Cup 2014 final —

18h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – 115th minute had a chance for Argentina (#Palacio) but was a chance after all – like others

18h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – after 120+7 minutes, its Penalty Shootout time now. Argentina 0-Netherlands 0 – and like always, not a good end to a good match —

17h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – Penalty Shootout begins – #Vlaar and Netherlands miss – Score 0-0

17h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – Penalty Shootout – #Messi and Argentina score – Score 1-0 now —

17h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – Penalty Shootout – #Robben and Netherlands score – Score 1-1 now —

17h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – Penalty Shootout – #Garay and Argentina score – Score 2-1 now

17h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – Penalty Shootout – #Sneijder and Netherlands miss – Argentina’s goalkeeper #Romero saves the goal – Score still 2-1 (Argentina>Netherlands)

17h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – Penalty Shootout – #Aguero and Argentina score one more – Score 3-1 now –

17h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – Penalty Shootout – #Kuyt scores for Netherlands – Score 3-2 – Argentina scoring next one will make it the winner —

17h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – Penalty Shootout ends with Argentina winning – #Rodriguez and Argentina score the winning shot – final Penalty Shootout Score 4-2 –

16h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – though stretching till 4:15 AM India time and with a Penalty Shootout end – but the match was worth it’s time – an overall good match to give us Germany Vs Argentina final —

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

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