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Netherlands vs. Argentina: Live Player Ratings for World Cup Semi-Final

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 09:  Lionel Messi, Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Marcos Rojo, Lucas Biglia, Javier Mascherano, Rodrigo Palacio and Ezequiel Garay of Argentina celebrate defeating the Netherlands in a shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between the Netherlands and Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Jerrad PetersWorld Football Staff WriterJuly 9, 2014

Argentina will face Germany in Sunday’s World Cup final after beating the Netherlands on penalties in Sao Paulo.

Ron Vlaar—heroic over the 120 minutes—was the first Dutch international to have his attempt saved by Sergio Romero, and the Argentine goalkeeper also did well to deny Wesley Sneijder from 12 yards.

The Netherlands will now take on Brazil for third place.

Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.

 

Netherlands Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-TimeFull-TimeFinal
Jasper Cillessen776
Stefan de Vrij888
Ron Vlar798
Bruno Martins Indi666
Dirk Kuyt766
Nigel De Jong666
Wesley Sneijder665
Georginio Wijnaldum677
Daley Blind766
Arjen Robben566
Robin van Persie655
Daryl JanmaatN/A77
Jordy ClasieN/A66
Klaas-Jan HuntelaarN/A55
BR UK

Half-Time Analysis for Netherlands

Jasper Cillessen: Made an excellent save on an early Lionel Messi free kick.

Stefan de Vrij: Playing long, searching passes over the Argentina midfield.

Ron Vlaar: Won the ball off Messi in the early minutes.

Bruno Martins Indi: Picked up the game’s first booking for a tug from behind on Messi.

Dirk Kuyt: Continuing to thrive as a right-sided wing-back.

Nigel De Jong: Clearly not fully fit, but the Dutch don’t need him for his movement and distribution in this match.

Wesley Sneijder: Briefly went down with a knock; ball distribution has been subpar.

Georginio Wijnaldum: Dropping back into the Dutch defense, which occasionally looks like a six-man unit.

Daley Blind: Misplaced just a single pass in the opening frame but didn’t receive much joy opposite Pablo Zabaleta.

Arjen Robben: Wasn’t nearly as involved in the first half as he’d have hoped to be.

Robin van Persie: Running himself offside a bit too often.

Frank Augstein/Associated Press

Full-Time Analysis for Netherlands

Jasper Cillessen: His easy save on Rojo was his only action of the second half.

Stefan de Vrij: Lucky to escape a yellow card for his elbow on Enzo Perez.

Ron Vlaar: Began the second period with another intervention on Messi.

Bruno Martins Indi: Withdrawn after a woeful first half.

Dirk Kuyt: Didn’t look as comfortable on the left in the second half as he did on the right in the first.

Nigel De Jong: Shadowed Messi for an hour before being replaced by Jordy Clasie.

Wesley Sneijder: Ballooned a free kick over the bar in the 50th minute.

Georginio Wijnaldum: Continues to sit very, very deep in the heart of that Dutch midfield.

Daley Blind: Not making quite the impact that saw him become a difference-maker during the group stage.

Arjen Robben: Found a late opening but was stopped by Javier Mascherano.

Robin van Persie: Continues to put himself offside and has yet to place a single shot on target.

Daryl Janmaat: Made a vital defensive header to deny Gonzalo Higuain a sure goal.

Jordy Clasie: His introduction meant that every Netherlands outfield player has seen action at this World Cup.

Frank Augstein/Associated Press

Final Analysis for Netherlands

Jasper Cillessen: Made late saves on Rodrigo Palacio and Maxi Rodriguez but couldn’t make a save during the penalty shootout.

Stefan de Vrij: Didn’t put a foot wrong over the 120 minutes.

Ron Vlaar: His poor penalty was saved by Romero.

Bruno Martins Indi: Withdrawn after a woeful first half.

Dirk Kuyt: His crossing was generally poor.

Nigel De Jong: Shadowed Messi for an hour before being replaced by Clasie.

Wesley Sneijder: Set pieces were abysmal, and his penalty was stopped by Vlaar.

Georginio Wijnaldum: Was able to close down space without committing fouls.

Daley Blind: Overlapped occasionally with Kuyt.

Arjen Robben: Finally put a shot on target midway through the first period of extra time.

Robin van Persie: Was withdrawn having failed to put a single shot on target.

Daryl Janmaat: Could be argued he was the Netherlands best player following his introduction.

Jordy Clasie: Helped Wijnaldum neutralise Messi and passed with decent efficiency.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar: Picked up a booking for a tackle from behind on Mascherano.

 

Argentina Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-timeFull-TimeFinal
Sergio Romero669
Pablo Zabaleta777
Martin Demichelis888
Ezequiel Garay888
Marcos Rojo666
Enzo Perez766
Lucas Biglia677
Javier Mascherano788
Lionel Messi666
Ezequiel Lavezzi776
Gonzalo Higuain665
Rodrigo PalacioN/A55
Sergio AgueroN/A56
Maxi RodriguezN/AN/A7
BR UK

Half-Time Analysis for Argentina

Sergio Romero: Didn’t have a single save to make in the opening period.

Pablo Zabaleta: Has so far done enough to contain Blind.

Martin Demichelis: Completed all of his passes and won every one of his aerial duels in the first half.

Ezequiel Garay: Not giving Van Persie and Robben the slightest bit of space on the rare occasion they have the ball in the goalmouth.

Marcos Rojo: Hasn’t been getting forward all that often.

Enzo Perez: Making well-timed runs into meaningful space in his first start of the World Cup.

Lucas Biglia: Doing well to cut out the long passes the Dutch have sent towards Robben and Van Persie.

Javier Mascherano: Took a knock on the head but came straight back onto the pitch.

Lionel Messi: Had the first half’s best goalscoring opportunity when he tested Cillessen with an accurate free kick.

Ezequiel Lavezzi: Causing Martins Indi a few problems with his runs.

Gonzalo Higuain: Started the match by dropping deep and involving himself in the buildup, although he faded as the first half wore on.

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Full-Time Analysis for Argentina

Sergio Romero: Didn’t have to make a single save over the 90 minutes.

Pablo Zabaleta: His passing hasn’t been great, but his defensive contribution has been excellent.

Martin Demichelis: Could well have been booked for an foul on Robben just after the restart.

Ezequiel Garay: Has misplaced just a single pass so far.

Marcos Rojo: Got forward with more regularity after the restart, allowing for overlapping buildup down the left.

Enzo Perez: Faded in the second half and was replaced by Palacio.

Lucas Biglia: Rubbed Robben off the ball following a superb track-back in the 55th minute.

Javier Mascherano: Made an incredible, lunging tackle to poke the ball off Robben’s boot.

Lionel Messi: Not a single shot from him in open play.

Ezequiel Lavezzi: That he lasted the full 90 minutes spoke to the effectiveness of his runs.

Gonzalo Higuain: Might have opened the scoring with a header from Lavezzi’s cross only to be denied by Janmaat.

Rodrigo Palacio: Replaced Perez with nine minutes left in the second half.

Sergio Aguero: Has overcome injury to play a part in this semi-final.

Frank Augstein/Associated Press

Final Analysis for Argentina

Sergio Romero: Made penalty saves on Sneijder and Vlaar.

Pablo Zabaleta: Picked up a knock early in the second period of extra time but was able to continue.

Martin Demichelis: Didn’t give Van Persie an inch.

Ezequiel Garay: Misplaced just one pass and won all of his aerial battles.

Marcos Rojo: Pinned back by Janmaat.

Enzo Perez: Faded in the second half and was replaced by Palacio.

Lucas Biglia: Was to Sneijder what De Jong was to Messi.

Javier Mascherano: Kept close to Robben throughout the extra periods.

Lionel Messi: Completely stifled over the 120 minutes.

Ezequiel Lavezzi: Was useful until his withdrawal midway through the first period of extra time.

Gonzalo Higuain: Withdrawn in the 82nd minute.

Rodrigo Palacio: His header at target was caught by Cillessen.

Sergio Aguero: Had a decent run stymied by Janmaat.

Maxi Rodriguez: Scored the decisive penalty.

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