Those who watch Netherlands vs. Argentina live stream in the 2014 World Cup second semifinal can expect to see a fight to the death. Both teams have a long, illustrious history in international competition, but Argentina hasn’t been in a World Cup final since 1990 and the Netherlands have yet to win the title.
No doubt that Argentina will be playing to win, in honor of the late Alfredo di Stefano — who passed away on Monday. But Lionel Messi and company will have their hands full, with an Orange team that wants nothing more than to bring the World Cup trophy home, for the first time.
The Netherlands has reached the final three times in their history. The first time — in 1974 — they lost 2-1, in a tight match against host, West Germany, four years later they suffered similar fate at the hands of Argentina. It would take the Clockwork Orange 32 years to reach the final of a World Cup again, and lose, again, to Spain in 2010.
Following the stunning 7-1 ending in the Brazil vs. Germany semifinal match on Tuesday, those who watch Netherlands vs. Argentina live stream, will see two of the most consistent teams in the 2014 World Cup take the field in their bid to bring glory to their nations. Even though nothing in football is set in stone until the game is played, nobody expects the result to be as one-sided as in Brazil’s humiliating loss.
Argentina was the champion when they hosted the World Cup in 1978, defeating the Netherlands. They later won the title in the 1986 tournament hosted by Mexico. But the Dutch got their revenge — even without winning the title — in 1998, when they eliminated Argentina during the quarterfinals.
In the eight head-to-heads between Argentina and the Netherlands, the Dutch have the lead with four matches won, compared to the single victory from Argentina. The Orange also lead in goals scored with 13, to the mere six Argentina has put in the Europeans’ net.
In what could be a huge loss, captain Robin van Persie may be out of the semi against Argentina due to an upset stomach, according to coach Louis van Gaal, who will make his final decision on Wednesday.
Lionel Messi will take full advantage of any little edge afforded by their arch rivals, as he looks to win his biggest title yet, that of World Cup champion. Watch Netherlands vs. Argentina football live stream here and in Spanish, at Univision. Kick-off is at 4 pm/ET from Arena de Sao Paulo.
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