Argentina were playing for penalties, claims Wesley Sneijder

Wesley Sneijder claims Argentina were "playing for penalties" in their World Cup semi-final against the Netherlands

Wesley Sneijder has claimed that Argentina were “playing for penalties” in their World Cup semi-final against the Netherlands.

Argentina triumphed in the shootout after the last-four clash ended goalless following a forgettable 120 minutes in Sao Paolo.

And the Holland midfielder, who missed his spot-kick, criticised his opponents’ tactical approach to the game.

“We deserve much better,” said Galatasaray midfielder Sneijder.

“Argentina were playing for penalties, which wasn’t the case with us. We tried to play.”

“I missed my penalty. It’s a shame. But it’s particularly frustrating not to have capitalised on the chances we created over the 120 minutes.”

Argentina will now face Germany in Sunday’s final, while Holland will take on Brazil in the third-place play-off on Saturday night.

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