Holland 0 Argentina 0: Player ratings as Man United man disappoints

Holland 0 Argentina 0: Player ratings as the South Americans set up a final against Germany after penalty shootout

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Jasper Cillessen Looked nervous in the early stages but grew into the game, confidently collecting a couple of crosses into his area. Should have saved Rodriguez’s winning penalty, had little chance with the others. 6/10

Stefan De Vrij Assured performance from the touted Manchester United target. Didn’t allow Angel di Maria’s replacement, Perez, much room to operate. 6

Ron Vlaar The Aston Villa defender was solid coming up against a fearsome Argentina attack. Put his body on the line to prevent Argentina finding a way through, quite literally as he belly-flopped at the feet of Higuain. Only blot on his report card was the missed penalty. 8

Bruno Martins Indi Naughty barge on Messi, presumably an attempt to upset the maestro’s momentum. Picked up a caution for a tug on Messi’s shirt as the referee ran out of patience. Substituted at half-time to prevent a potential red. 6

Dirk Kuyt The former Liverpool man put in a shift as he worked hard at wing-back. Willing to be shuffled around the pitch as Louis van Gaal started him on the right before moving the 31-year-old to the left. Ever-dependable and scored his penalty.6

Nigel De Jong Great ball for Van Persie but the Dutch striker had ventured offside. Played a similar role to Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel, shielding his back four and tracking Messi’s runs when the forward drove towards the heart of Holland’s defence. Replaced with 28 minutes of normal time remaining. 6

Wesley Sneijder Impressive start from the Galatasaray man, sure to impress potential suitors. His delivery was superb, causing panic in the Argentine defence. Caught by Demichelis and struggled to shake off the knock. Influence waned. Sneijder missed his penalty, which was a comfortable height for the goalkeeper. 6

Georginio Wijnaldum In the spotlight for his inadvertent clash with Mascherano, leaving the midfielder looking concussed. 6

Daley Blind The highly-rated Dutch defender showed his versatility to move from left wing-back into the centre after Indi’s substitution. Started to struggle against Palacio in extra-time. 6

Arjen Robben The Bayern Munich forward endured his least influential half of the World Cup after racking up a grand total of six first-half touches. Had his chance to steal the spotlight, though, but ironically took too many touches to allow Mascherano to block his 90th-minute effort. Low finish to Romero’s left in the shootout.6

Robin van Persie Largely anonymous. When he did get into a threatening position, the offside flag was more often than not raised by the linesman. The United man was disappointing. 5

Substitutes

Darryl Janmaat Certainly made his presence felt as the Feyenoord man crunched Biglia with a full-blooded challenge. 6

Jordy Classe Effortlessly replaced De Jong. 6

Klaas Jan Huntelaar Picked up a booking for a late challenge on Mascherano. 5

Argentina

Sergio Romero The Argentina goalkeeper wasn’t overly tested in the first half, forced to come off his line to punch a couple of crosses clear. Saved from Vlaar and Sneijder to help his side reach the final. 7

Pablo Zabaleta Burst forward early in the first half and sent in a dangerous cross looking for Perez. Good performance, struggling on after an uncompromising Kuyt challenge. 6

Martin Demichelis Composed performance aside from a bizarre kick-out at Sneijder. Continues to quietly silence his Premier League critics at this World Cup. 6

Ezequiel Garay Headed over the crossbar from six yards out in the 24th minute. Came up with a couple of important clearance to deny Van Persie a chance to test Romero. Smashed his penalty past Cillessen. 7

Marcos Rojo Restored to the side after missing the quarter-final. The Benfice defender was dependable at the back, covering his centre-halves in moments of danger. 6

Lucas Biglia Biglia was solid playing a little ahead of Mascherano. On the receiving end of a forceful Janmaat challenge. Escaped punishment for a poor touch as he was bailed out by Mascherano, preventing a Dutch counter-attack. 5

Javier Mascherano Took a nasty bang to the head after coming off worse in an aerial battle with Wijnaldum. Didn’t effect the ex-Liverpool man as he tracked Robben and his match-saving tackle denied the Dutch winger. Argentina’s best player.7

Ezequiel Lavezzi The Paris Saint-Germain forward was a nuisance with his runs down the right wing in the first half. Faded as the match wore on. Brought off in extra-time. 6

Lionel Messi Tested Cillessen with a first-half free-kick. As ever, dropped deep in a bid to collect the ball and run at the Dutch defence, earning a brace of free-kicks. Disappointed in the second half and in extra-time. Dispatched his penalty in style. 5

Enzo Perez Had an early sighting on Cillessen’s goal but De Vrij recovered his position. It was his ball that found Higuain but the Napoli man fired wide when he really should tested Cillessen. 6

Gonzalo Higuain Fresh from his man-of-the-match performance against Belgium, Argentina supporters would have been optimistic that the striker could kick on. Best moment came when he rustled the side-netting, although most of the Sao Paulo stadium thought it was a 75th-minute winner. 6

Substitute

Sergio Aguero First notable contribution was elbowing the ball out of Cillessen’s hands. His second was important, dispatching Argentina’s third in the shootout. 5

Rodrigo Palacio A willing runner and tried to make something happen, delivering a couple of dangerous balls into the area. Wasted the best chance of the match in the 115th minute; Found himself through on goal but headed his effort straight at Cillessen. 6

Maxi Rodriguez Late chance to test the Holland goalkeeper but his effort was tame. Made no mistake with his winning penalty to send Argentina to the final. 5

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