Netherlands vs Argentina: Starting Lineups, TV Times And World Cup Open Thread

Following last night’s catastrophic display by Brazil, Argentina are the only South American representative remaining in the tournament. They will want to maintain that status after today’s game against the Netherlands.

Where to watch –

The game kicks off at 4 PM EST/1 PM PST, and this is where viewers in USA can catch the game –

English language: ESPN and WatchESPN
Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network and Univision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee –

Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)

Starting lineups – 

Holland starting XI: Cillessen, Kuyt, Blind, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins Indi, De Jong, Wijnaldum, Sneijder, Robben, Van Persie

Argentina starting XI: Romero, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Garay, Rojo, Enzo Pérez, Biglia, Mascherano, Lavezzi, Messi, Higuaín

Netherlands –

After watching their European counterparts Germany demolish hosts Brazil 7-1 last night, Netherlands would want to replicate that suffering on Argentina and set up an all European final on Saturday.

A masterclass substitution from Louis van Gaal in the last round to bring on Tim Krul was vindicated by his heroics in the penalty shootout victory against Costa Rica. However, the incoming Manchester United manager could possibly be without his captain Robin van Persie, who is having some stomach pains and faces a late fitness test.

Argentina –

They knocked out dark horses Belgium last time around by a solitary Gonzalo Higuain strike. There’s welcome news for them in the form of the return of Sergio Aguero, who is fit again and is expected to start alongside Lionel Messi again after his injury lay-off.

You can discuss your views and opinions on this game with fellow enthusiasts around the world, right here in the comments section below.

22 thoughts on “Netherlands vs Argentina: Starting Lineups, TV Times And World Cup Open Thread”

  1. On one end an Argentina V. Brazil third place game would be great theater and probably make up for yesterday’s match (for neutral observers). While Germany v. Netherlands would make a great final and resume a classic rivalry.

    On the other having a South American team in the final would be great for the continent which unfortunately had four teams play on one side of the bracket (guaranteeing two teams at most in the semis). Leo Messi carrying Argentina to the final seems like something that was prewritten, with all the Maradonna subplots and and would be captivating for audiences all over the world.

    With all of that intrigue I don’t care much about who will come through but that today’s match will make up for yesterday’s train wreck. A 2-2 draw into extra time would be ideal.

  2. Well, we aren’t going to get 8 goals in this semi. I’m just rooting for more than one scored in normal time. Both teams are set up cautiously right now.

  3. I’m not the best lip reader in the world but did I just see the Argentine coach use an anti gay and racial term against Martins Indi? Truly sad.

  4. Unexpectedly a total bore so far, a million miles from yesterday. Something about these two teams just doesn’t whet the appetite.

    1. Not unexpectedly, did you watch either of these teams in the round of 16 or the quarters? Over cautious play.

      1. Yeah I got my words mixed up for some reason. I meant to say ‘as expected.’ Don’t rake me over the coals for it. This game is atrocious.

  5. I’ve just turned the tv on and I’m bored already. Nobody seems to be going for it. Germany will think they can beat either one of these two.

  6. Switched over to Univision and Holland had already taken a penalty. WTF ESPN? Have to get your commercials in?

  7. Game was over on Univision before ESPN started showing the penalties.
    Yet another reason to watch Univision: they’re actually live.

    1. While the game was an absolute atrocity, I’m glad Argentina won. I started envisioning another final similar to 2010, with the Dutch ruining it with their dour tactics. Not scoring for two games in a row is not befitting of any champion. Argentina aren’t much better and I hope Germany put them to the sword as well. When you look at it this Argentine side is worse than the 1990 team in my opinion.

  8. woulda liked Holland to make the Final but fair play to Argentina. Their defence played a lot better than many people expected

  9. Lesson learn all for the Dutch and the Euro snob for all the cheating, flopping and taunting the Dutch displayed through the World Cup it will not get you to the final big stage game. Congratulation Argentina for showing class when the Dutch goal keeper did his best to intimated and taunt Argentina players before taking there penalty kicks.

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