Samba Sunrise: Argentina through as Netherlands suffer penalty heartbreak

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Semi Finals - Netherlands 0 Argentina 0 [aet, 2-4 on pens]
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Netherlands talisman Arjen Robben expressed pride despite defeat as the Dutch suffered World Cup semi-final heartache this morning. "We've done amazingly well to come this far. Of course, right now I feel disappointment, but we've done our best," he said.

"From the bottom of my heart I can truthfully say you can see how everyone was behind the team. I think we can all be very proud of these players."

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal claims he wanted Tim Krul in for the penalty shootout against Argentina. "If I could've substituted him [Cillessen] with Krul, then I would've done. I reached penalties with no more substitutions left," he said.

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella was predictably delighted after his side reached the World Cup final this morning. "There is such joy, such great happiness," he told reporters.

"Now we are in the final, we are aware of our qualities and certain that we can win the World Cup."


Germany defender Mats Hummels faces a race against time to be fit for the World Cup final after suffering a knee injury. The centre-back only played 45 minutes on Tuesday as Germany booked their place in the final with a stunning 7-1 victory over hosts Brazil.

Luiz Felipe Scolari is still at a loss to explain Brazil's capitulation against Germany but has told a stunned nation "life goes on""We had a disaster in six minutes but it happened. Let's work for Saturday's game," he told a press conference while looking ahead to the third-place play-off.

Barcelona have claimed Neymar is "recovering well" from his back injury, as they look to bring him to full fitness ahead of the new season. Having sent medical representatives to visit Neymar at his Brazil home, the La Liga giants confirmed his recovery was on track and that they agreed with the Brazilian Football Confederation on his proposed treatment.

Veteran striker Miroslav Klose has refused to dwell on his record-breaking feat after Germany advanced to the World Cup final. While the 36-year-old German dedicated the achievement to his family in a post-game interview with Sky Sports Italia, he was quick to turn his attention to Monday's final in Rio de Janeiro.


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