Jul 9. In semifinals, Argentina drew 0-0 with Netherlands in Brasilia and won 4-2 on penalties. Romero saved first shot to Vlaar and third one to Sneijder. Robben and Kuyt scored for Netherlands. Argentina scored all four shots: Messi, Garay, Agüero and Maxi Rodríguez. Shoot-out. Argentina lined up: Romero; Zabaleta, Demichelis, Garay, Rojo; Biglia, Mascherano, E.Pérez (81 Palacio); Higuaín (81 Agüero), Messi, Lavezzi (101 Maxi Rodríguez). Argentina played an almost perfect defensive game. Attack was not so spicy. In the lottery, we could celebrate. In the final, Argentina face Germany on Sunday at 4 pm at the Maracaná stadium.
Jul 1. In eighth-finals,Argentina beat Switzerland 1-0 in São Paulo with goal from Di María at 118th minute. Goal. Argentina lined up: Romero; Zabaleta, F.Fernández, Garay, Rojo (105 Basanta); Gago (106 Biglia), Mascherano, Di María; Lavezzi (74 Palacio), Messi, Higuaín. Suiza bet on penalties and Argentina looked for the goal all the game, specially in both second halves, but with lack of creativity in the attacking. Messi found Di María in final minutes and the Swiss resistance came to an end.
Jun 25. In the third game of Group F, Argentina won 3-2 against Nigeria in Porto Alegre with two goals from Messi (3, 46+ -free kick-) and one from Rojo (50). Musa scored two equalisers (4, 47). Goals. Argentina lined up: Romero; Zabaleta, F.Fernández, Garay, Rojo; Gago, Mascherano, Di María; Messi (63 R.Álvarez), Higuaín (91 Biglia), Kun Agüero (38 Lavezzi). It was a game like we expected before WC. Argentina with a good attack and a poor defense, but scoring once more than rivals. If Messi is on, there's a team. Agüero got injured and won't play at least in next two games.
Argentina won Group F with 9 points followed by Nigeria with 4.
Jun 21. In the second game, Argentina beat Iran 1-0 in Belo Horizonte with goal from Messi at 91st minute. Argentina lined up: Romero; Zabaleta, F.Fernández, Garay, Rojo; Gago, Mascherano, Di María (94 Biglia); Messi, Higuaín (77 Palacio), Kun Agüero (77 Lavezzi). Irán defended well and Argentina had no ideas to open their defense. They were getting a deserved draw but we have Messi, who could build a half-metre gap in the closed defense and gave the ticket to next round to Argentina.
Jun 15. In the first game, Argentina beat Bosnia 2-1 at Maracaná stadium with an own goal from Kolasinac (3) and one goal from Messi (65). Ibisevic closed the gap for Bosnia (84). Goals. Argentina lined up: Romero; Zabaleta, Campagnaro (ST Gago), F.Fernández, Garay, Rojo; Maxi Rodríguez (ST Higuaín), Mascherano, Di María; Messi, Kun Agüero (87 Biglia). Despite the early advantage, Argentina never were comfortabe with the 5-3-2 system. After substitutions in halftime, there was a change in the attitude and Messi came back to game.
Jun 2. Sabella announced the final 23-players list for World Cup Brazil 2014: 1-Romero (MON-FRA), 2-Garay (BEN-POR), 3-Campagnaro (INT-ITA), 4-Zabaleta (MCI-ENG), 5-Gago (BOC), 6-Biglia (LAZ-ITA), 7-Di María (RMA-SPA), 8-Enzo Pérez (BEN-POR), 9-Higuaín (NAP-ITA), 10-Messi (BAR-SPA), 11-Maxi Rodríguez (NEW), 12-Orión (BOC), 13-Augusto Fernández (CEL-SPA), 14-Mascherano (BAR-SPA), 15-Demichelis (MCI-ENG), 16-Rojo (SPL-POR), 17-F.Fernández (NAP-ITA), 18-Palacio (INT-ITA), 19-Ricky Álvarez (INT-ITA), 20-Agüero (MCI-ENG), 21-Andújar (CAT-ITA), 22-Lavezzi (PSG-FRA), 23-Basanta (MON-MEX). Out: Otamendi (AMI-BRA), Banega (NEW), Sosa (AMA-SPA), Lisandro López (GET-SPA), Mercado (RIV); Rinaudo (CAT-ITA); Di Santo (WBR-GER).