Argentina Ditches Dutch On The Way To World Cup Final

NPR | July 10, 2014 11:46 a.m.

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Krishnadev Calamur

Argentine and Dutch players greet each other prior to their World Cup semifinal soccer match at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo on Wednesday.

Argentine and Dutch players greet each other prior to their World Cup semifinal soccer match at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo on Wednesday.

AP, Fabrizio Bensch

Argentina and Netherlands were level at 0-0 at the end of the first half of their World Cup semifinal game in Sao Paulo.

Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong was back from from a groin injury, and striker and captain Robin van Persie recovered from a stomach ailment.

Midfielder Enzo Perez replaced injured winger Angel Di Maria in the Argentine lineup. Also back was left back Marcos Rojo, who was suspended for one match.

In the first semifinal, played Tuesday, Germany steamrolled host Brazil 7-1.

The final will be played Sunday in Rio’s Estadio Maracana.

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