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World Cup: The best photos from July 9

Updated 2328 GMT (0728 HKT) July 9, 2014
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Argentina players run to celebrate their victory after a penalty shoot-out following extra time during their World Cup semifinal match against the Netherlands on Wednesday, July 9, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Argentina defeated the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties and will go on to face Germany in the final. NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen fails to stop a ball during the penalty shoot-out. FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images
Argentina captain Lionel Messi shoots and scores a goal in a penalty shootout. Clive Rose/Getty Images
Daryl Janmaat of the Netherlands challenges Lucas Biglia of Argentina. Julian Finney/Getty Images
The market square in Groningen, Netherlands, is filled with supporters of the Dutch national football team. Despite the rain, 4,500 people gathered to watch the World Cup semifinal match between the Netherlands and Argentina. Ferdy Damman/AFP/Getty Images
Messi gestures as rain falls. PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images
A general view of the stands. Francois Xavier Marit/Getty Images
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of the Netherlands controls the ball against Martin Demichelis of Argentina. Fabrizio Bensch/Getty Images
Arjen Robben of the Netherlands is tackled by Martin Demichelis of Argentina. mike Hewitt/FIFA via Getty Images
Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano receives medical assistance. His head collided with an opponent's in the first half, but he kept playing. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
Dutch striker Robin van Persie is surrounded by Argentine defenders. ODD ANDERSEN/afp/getty images
Messi reacts after a challenge. NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
Robben, center, heads the ball next to Argentina defenders Martin Demichelis, left, and Ezequiel Garay. GABRIEL BOUYS/afp/getty images
Cillessen makes a save. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Messi, right, and Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder react during the match. ODD ANDERSEN/afp/getty images
Three Dutch players defend Messi. FABRIZIO BENSCH/AFP/Getty Images
Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi, left, collides with Messi in the first half. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
Robben dribbles the ball. JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Van Persie controls the ball as Demichelis falls behind him. Shaun Botterill/FIFA via Getty Images
Dirk Kuyt of the Netherlands and Marcos Rojo of Argentina go up for a header. Fabrizio Bensch/Getty Images
Georginio Wijnaldum of the Netherlands kicks the ball near Mascherano. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Wijnaldum controls the ball in the first half. JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
From left, Dutch wingback Daley Blind, Argentine midfielder Lucas Biglia and Sneijder compete in the first half. ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Before the match, the two teams observe a moment of silence for Alfredo Di Stefano, the soccer legend who passed away this week at the age of 88. Francois Xavier Marit/Getty Images
An Argentina fan in the stadium wears a mask of former player Claudio Caniggia. Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
A Netherlands fan is seen in the stadium prior to the match. See the best World Cup photos from July 8 Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images