The Germans are waiting. There’s one spot left in the World Cup final and on July 9, Argentina and the Netherlands will face off to determine who gets it. Will it be an all-European final, or will Lionel Messi continue on his journey to the promise land? Watch the live stream below to find out!
We probably won’t see a game more shocking than when Germany humiliated host nation Brazil 7-1 yesterday, July 8, but we might actually get a close game in today’s semifinal game between Argentina and Netherlands. It’s the god Lionel Messi against the stacked lineup of the Oranje, and you can catch all the action on the live stream below.
World Cup Live Stream — Watch Argentina Vs. The Netherlands
Both Argentina and the Netherlands have been favorites to make it this far in the World Cup — they both won their groups and have consensus top lineups — but both teams are heading into their semifinal match considerably shorthanded.
For the Argentina side, attacking midfielder Angel di Maria will be held out after sustaining a thigh injury in the first half of the team’s quarterfinal match. Angel’s no Messi, but he’s an important cog in Argentina’s offense, giving Messi a skilled partner to play off of and allowing the team to spread defenses out. And Angel’s value as a finisher can’t be understated — he’s the one who scored late in extra time against Switzerland to push Argentina into the quarterfinals.
At least for Argentina, they will have striker Sergio Aguero back to shore things up.
Argentina Vs. Netherlands: Who Will Be In The Lineups?
As for the Netherlands, captain and header extraordinaire Robin van Persie is expected to miss today’s match with a “stomach issue.” On paper this is a huge loss for the Oranje, but really, Robin has virtually been missing for both of the team’s knockout matches, so they might be used to playing without him at this point. Another player to watch though is Nigel de Jong, the standout midfielder who has been out since injuring his groin in the Round of 16 versus Mexico. Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has indicated that Nigel could be fit enough to play, which could be a huge lift for the Dutch.
You never want to overstate the importance of injuries, but after Brazil turned into a youth soccer team against Germany after losing Neymar and Thiago Silva, it’s clear that individual players are going to have a big impact this World Cup.
Then again, Lionel Messi may just go off and take over the match completely and render all this speculation pointless. You’ll just have to watch to find out — tune into the live stream to catch all the action. (Note: to watch the World Cup on ESPN you must have a cable subscription.)
— Andrew Gruttadaro