HOLLAND 0 – 0 ARGENTINA
This game had the potential to be a high scoring victory for any one of these sides and I had thought that the Dutch would find the same form that saw them win 5-1 against previous World Cup winners (in 2010), Spain. Argentina also had a valuable asset and goalscorer in Lionel Messi who had scored two goals in one game in this World Cup previously but it just didn’t happen for his side either – the goals were nowhere to be found.
ZERO goals were scored by either side inside of ninety minutes and it continued on and on until the 120th minute when the referee blew his final whistle on a stalemate that had to be decided by penalty shootout.
HERE’S how it all went down, goal by goal as the penalties were taken.
Ron Vlaar (Netherlands) would be first to step up and take the opening penalty of the shootout but he is denied as his right footed shot is saved in the middle of the goal. Netherlands 0 – 0 Argentina.
Lionel Messi (Argentina) would be the first man to take his country’s penalty and he looks calm under pressure as he scores from the spot kick with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner of the goal. Netherlands 0 – 1 Argentina.
Arjen Robben (Netherlands) would be the 2nd Dutch player to take a penalty and although under major pressure to equalize, he looks cool as the penalty is smashed into the net with a powerful left footed shot to the bottom right corner of the goal. Netherlands 1 – 1 Argentina.
Ezequiel Garay (Argentina) would be up next for his country and he manages to score his penalty with a right footed shot to the middle of the goal. Netherlands 1 – 2 Argentina
Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) will be next for the Dutch but unfortunately he fails to score or is denied to do so by Argentinian goalkeeper Romero, as his right footed shot is saved in the top left corner and Holland have missed twice as Argentina haven’t missed a single penalty yet. Netherlands 1 – 2 Argentina
Sergio Agüero (Argentina) will be next and the Manchester City star converts his penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner as he makes sure his country have the advantage as they lead by two goals in this shootout now. Netherlands 1 – 3 Argentina
The Dutch HAVE to score to stay in this and ex – Liverpool player Dirk Kuyt (Netherlands) is tasked with this huge responsibility under pressure but manages to score his penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner. The scoreline is Netherlands 2 – 3 Argentina BUT Argentina already have three goals while Holland cannot score four goals, having missed twice already – if Argentina score their fourth, they will win.
Ex Liverpool player Maxi Rodríguez (Argentina) is the player who can take his country to the World Cup final if he can score this… he steps up under major pressure and fires the penalty with a powerful right footed shot to the middle of the goal. The goalkeeper actually gets a touch to it but cannot stop it crashing past his gloves and hitting the back of the net. Netherlands 2 – 4 Argentina – it’s good and ARGENTINA win and get to go on to the World Cup Final to face Germany in Brazil.
KEY PLAYERS: Ex Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt looked as sharp for his country as he had for the reds before he signed for Fenerbahçe. With Luis Suarez most likely to depart Liverpool next, I’d still welcome Kuyt back to Anfield with open arms. He’s been linked most recently with a move to Manchester United as Louis Van Gaal now will head to Old Trafford to start planning his new clubs future and may rebuild his squad with Dutch players.
Ex Liverpool midfielder Maxi Rodríguez took the headlines away from Messi on this occasion as he was the man who scored the final penalty in the shootout which put his country into the World Cup Final. WELL DONE MAXI!
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.