Messi Guides Argentina Into Semis, Dutch Scrape In
The Argentines didn’t need a late winner from Lionel Messi this time, settling in to protect a 1-0 margin against Belgium that earned them a first trip to the World Cup semifinals in 24 years. The Netherlands could have used a late goal from Robin van Persie or Wesley Sneijder or Arjen Robben later Saturday but didn’t get one, only edging Costa Rica 4-3 on penalties to set up a semifinal against Argentina. The 2010 finalists lit up the tournament with 12 goals in four matches but couldn’t find the net in regulation or extra time against rank underdog Costa Rica.
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