Football

Semifinal showdown on Sao Paulo

Published 2008 GMT (0408 HKT) July 8, 2014
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Messi was a marked man during Argentina's last 16 match against Switzerland and will receive similar attention from the Dutch in Wednesday's semifinal. Matthias HangstGetty Images
The Netherlands will need another stellar performance from winger Arjen Robben if they are to appear in back-to-back World Cup finals. Julian Finney/Getty Images
Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul (left) is congratulated by his coach Louis van Gaal following his success in the penalty shootout against Costa Rica in the quarterfinals. Van Gaal sent on the Newcastle United keeper in the last minute of extra time. Michael Steele/Getty Images
An animated Argentine manager Alejandro Sabella shouts orders to his players during the quarterfinal match against Belgium. Can Sabella lead Argentina to a first final in 24 years? Ronald Martinez/Getty Images