FIFA World Cup 2014 Results: No Tim Krul, No Penalty Shootout Win for Netherlands as Argentina Enter Final

Calling the second semifinal of the 2014 FIFA World Cup between the Netherlands and Argentina in Sao Paulo attritional would be like describing the first last four match between Brazil and Germany as a basic run-of-the-mill, nothing extraordinary game. In 120 minutes of ridiculously tight, tactical, there is absolutely no way any team is going to score battle, Holland and Argentina cancelled each other out in the most sleep-inducing fashion, before the South Americans prevailed in the penalty shootout. Jul 10, 2014

FIFA World Cup 2014 Results: Krul the Saviour as Netherlands Edge Costa Rica in Nerve-Jangling Penalty Shootout

Louis Van Gaal is a manager who likes to take chances, throw in a surprise from nowhere to upset the opposition without worrying about the consequences if it goes wrong. The Netherlands coach, seeing the quarterfinal against Costa Rica going into penalties, replaced his No.1 goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, the man who had played every single minute of Holland's World Cup until then, with Tim Krul right at the end of extra time, and what a masterstroke it proved to be. Jul 6, 2014

FIFA World Cup 2014 Results: Di Maria Does the Trick in Extra Time as Argentina Scrape Past Switzerland

Argentina are making a habit of scoring late goals, with Lionel Messi at the centre of it time and again. The South Americans, frustrated and repelled by a determined Switzerland rearguard, looked like they were heading into the lottery of a penalty shootout, before a Messi run, unstoppable, even with a Swiss player trying to mow down the little man, inch-perfect pass and a swing of the left boot from Angel Di Maria made those Argentina hearts drop back down from their mouths and sing in ecstasy to the tune of "we are going into the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals." Jul 2, 2014

FIFA World Cup 2014 Results: Sneijder, Robben Inspire Incredible Netherlands Comeback to Stun Mexico

This Netherlands side might be a lot different from the one that fell at the final hurdle from winning their first World Cup title, but the protagonists remain the same. On the brink and staring at a last 16 exit to Mexico, Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben came to the fore for their country like only they can to inspire Holland to the most stunning of comebacks in the heat of Fortaleza. Jun 29, 2014