Argentina win ugly as Dutch courage runs dry: how Stats Zone saw Netherlands 0-0 Argentina (2-4 pens)

So apparently not every World Cup semi-final is memorable. But come on guys, surely you could have come up with something better than this?

No? Hmph. In the end a penalty shootout (and a pretty rubbish one at that) was needed to decide this tense semi-final in Sao Paulo, won by Argentina after goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved twice. Alejandro Sabella's men will face Germany in Sunday's Maracana final, while the Netherlands will take on hosts Brazil for third place. A sigh for them. 

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Joe Brewin

Joe was the Deputy Editor at FourFourTwo until 2022, having risen through the FFT academy and been on the brand since 2013 in various capacities. 

By weekend and frustrating midweek night he is a Leicester City fan, and in 2020 co-wrote the autobiography of former Foxes winger Matt Piper – subsequently listed for both the Telegraph and William Hill Sports Book of the Year awards.