World Cup Results 2014: Final Score, Updated Golden Boot Contenders After Day 28

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World Cup Results 2014: Final Score, Updated Golden Boot Contenders After Day 28
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In one fell swoop, the World Cup brought balance back to the globe and set up a heavyweight bout for the rare prize Wednesday.

A day removed from a riot-inducing, lopsided massacre that saw Germany move past Brazil 7-1, Lionel Messi and his Argentina side are through to the final thanks to a 0-0 (4-2) triumph:

Other than the Messi-achieving-his-destiny storyline and setting up two perfectly matched sides for the final, the only thing Day 28 of the spectacle in Brazil didn't do was further the Golden Boot race one day removed from the Germans pretending they can share the prize.

Let's take a look at where the race stands at the moment, with a deeper dive into Argentina's thrilling triumph.

 

World Cup Semifinal Day 28 Results
Team 1 Result Team 2
Argentina 0-0 (4-2) Netherlands

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2014 World Cup: Updated Golden Boot Standings
Player Country Goals
James Rodriguez Colombia 6
Thomas Mueller Germany 5
Neymar Brazil 4
Lionel Messi Argentina 4
Karim Benzema France 3
Enner Valencia Ecuador 3
Arjen Robben Netherlands 3
Andre Schuerrle Germany 3
Robin van Persie Netherlands 3
Xherdan Shaqiri Switzerland 3
Toni Kroos Germany 2
Oscar Brazil 2
Jackson Martinez Colombia 2
Gervinho Ivory Coast 2
Luis Suarez Uruguay 2
Tim Cahill Australia 2
Mario Mandzukic Croatia 2
Miroslav Klose Germany 2
Ahmed Musa Nigeria 2
Andre Ayew Ghana 2
Clint Dempsey United States 2
Memphis Depay Netherlands 2
Ivan Perisic Croatia 2
Wilfried Bony Ivory Coast 2
Asamoah Gyan Ghana 2
Islam Slimani Algeria 2
Alexis Sanchez Chile 2
Bryan Ruiz Costa Rica 2
Mats Hummels Germany 2
Abdelmoumene Djabou Algeria 2
David Luiz Brazil 2
Angel Di Maria Argentina 1
Kevin De Bruyne Belgium 1
Romelu Lukaku Belgium 1
Julian Green United States 1
Thiago Silva Brazil 1
Avdija Vrsajevic Bosnia and Herzegovina 1
Reza Ghoochannejhad Iran 1
Marcos Rojo Argentina 1
Juan Cuadrado Colombia 1
Andreas Samaris Greece 1
Georgios Samaras Greece 1
Diego Godin Uruguay 1
Blaise Matuidi France 1
Mathieu Valbuena France 1
Moussa Sissoko France 1
Blerim Dzemaili Switzerland 1
Granit Xhaka Switzerland 1
Wayne Rooney England 1
Juan Quintero Colombia 1
Ivica Olic Croatia 1
Mile Jedinak Australia 1
Eduardo Vargas Chile 1
Charles Aranguiz Chile 1
Sami Khedira Germany 1
Sofiane Feghouli Iran 1
Marouane Fellaini Belgium 1
Dries Mertens Belgium 1
Lee Keun-Ho South Korea 1
Alexander Kerzhakov Russia 1
Mario Balotelli Italy 1
Claudio Marchisio Italy 1
Daniel Sturridge England 1
Edinson Cavani Uruguay 1
Joel Campbell Costa Rica 1
Oscar Duarte Costa Rica 1
Marcos Urena Costa Rica 1
Pablo Armero Colombia 1
Teofilo Gutierrez Colombia 1
Stefan de Vrij Netherlands 1
Oribe Peralta Mexico 1
Jorge ValdĂ­via Chile 1
Jean Beausejour Chile 1
Keisuke Honda Japan 1
Admir Mehmedi Switzerland 1
Haris Seferovic Switzerland 1
Carlo Costly Honduras 1
Vedad Ibisevic Bosnia and Herzegovina 1
Olivier Giroud France 1
John Anthony Brooks United States 1
Mario Gotze Germany 1
Edin Dzeko Bosnia and Herzegovina 1
Peter Odemwingie Nigeria 1
Divock Origi Belgium 1
Miralem Pjanic Bosnia and Herzegovina 1
Rafik Halliche Algeria 1
Son Heung Min South Korea 1
Yacine Brahimi Algeria 1
Koo Jacheol South Korea 1
Nani Portugal 1
Jermaine Jones United States 1
Silvestre Varela Portugal 1
David Villa Spain 1
Fernando Torres Spain 1
Juan Mata Spain 1
Leroy Fer Netherlands 1
Rafael Marquez Mexico 1
Andres Guardado Mexico 1
Javier Hernandez Mexico 1
Joel Matip Cameroon 1
Fred Brazil 1
Fernandinho Brazil 1
Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 1
Aleksandr Kokorin Russia 1
Jan Vertonghen Belgium 1
Giovani dos Santos Mexico 1
Wesley Sneijder Netherlands 1
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Netherlands 1
Sokratis Papastathopoulos Greece 1
Paul Pogba France 1
Mesut Ozil Germany 1
Gonzalo Higuain Argentina 1

FIFA.com

 

Recap

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It's always fun when two sides known for their offensive prowess go at it and score...no goals. 

Right from the early goings of the match, it was apparent that neither side had a major advantage with the hostile Brazilian crowd, of course, totally against Messi and Co. Still, that crowd got a heck of a scare early on when he squeaked a shot through the crowd, only to be thwarted by Dutch netminder Jasper Cillessen, as illustrated by Bleacher Report UK:

For much of the first 20 minutes on the pitch, it was Argentina in control in terms of offensive chances, as FOX Soccer Trax notes:

To counter, the Dutch came out with a 6-3-1 in some sets, which proved effective when Giorginio Wijnaldum retreated to the centre of the unit.

The chippy contest quietly bled into the second half, which yet again saw the South American side in the attacking third with glory in mind, but as footballitalia details, when it was not a flag, it was a snappy Dutch defense getting in the way:

Perhaps the most critical defender? Dirk Kuyt, of course. Check out his heat maps provided by Squawka Football:

Little good he did on the offensive end, though—they sent just two shots in the first 65 minutes of play.

At about the 75-minute mark, Higuain was robbed by—yes—yet another offside flag, which represented the closest either side got the rest of the way. Not exactly a difficult feat, considering both sides had combined for just two shots on goal in regulation.

In extra time, the tide inexplicably switched.

It was all Netherlands on the attack with Messi simply looking out of gas: 

The same cannot be said for Ron Vlaar, clearly the motivating force for a side that looked destined to ensure the match would not go to penalty kicks:

But it's not as if the Dutch had no chances, and Rodrigo Palacio missed a gimme in the waning minutes that will haunt him. A moment forever captured by World Soccer Talk:

Well, if his side lost, that is. The contest would indeed go to penalty kicks, a showdown that immediately swung in the South American side's favor as Sergio Romero turned back a Vlaar attempt before Messi moments later knocked through a goal to give them a lead they would not rescind.

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Offensive juggernaut Arjen Robben would, of course, respond in kind, but Romero was not done playing the hero just yet, as he then denied Wesley Sneijder to essentially end the contest.

The result sets up a fateful clash with Germany, the side that dropped a bombshell on the home side the day prior.

That dance takes place Sunday where Messi, before his prime expires, will look to overcome the deepest roster present in the proceedings that have yet to lose and secure Argentina's first triumph since 1986. For the Germans, it will be a quest to end a 24-year drought.

 

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