The second semi-final match between Netherlands and Argentina was pitted to be an eye-ball grabbing, intriguing and entertaining game of football. Mamma Mia! It was an immensely thrilling and nail-biting game with an unhappy ending for the men in orange. With Argentina going into the game without their redeemer Angel Di Maria, it was time for Messi and gang to fire up their cylinders against a tough cookie like Netherlands.
Messi showed lot of promise in the first half but was surrounded by swarms of men in orange in a jiffy which made scoring difficult. Netherlands took their chances too with captain Robin van Persie trying to get a break through. Hands down the star of the match was Javier Mascherano who showed great prowess and quickly pulled himself together after taking a mighty blow to his head early on in the match.
With both teams unable to score within half-time. Netherlands showed a lot of promise in the second half but nimbly Mascherano was all over the place and made things difficult. Messi and team could not score during the full-time. The crucial extra-time did not change the scoreboards of either teams.
Finally the game was headed into an exhilarating, exciting and nerve-wracking moment of any football game. The dreaded penalty shootouts proved to be a fitting climax to an awesome semi-final. Argentina’s goalie Sergio Romero saved two vital penalties which proved to be too costly for the men in orange. Argentina player Maxi Rodriguez’s penalty shot sealed the deal for a final showdown with the Germans. Messi and his gang of dribblers made a historic entry into the finals after a whopping 24 years. Ironically Argentina was up against Germany in their last world cup finale. Adios! Netherlands. Bravo! Argentina. Game on Germany.