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Argentina, Netherlands play a World Cup semifinal to forget
Argentina, Netherlands play a World Cup semifinal to forget

A day after a World Cup match to remember came one to forget. Argentina and the Netherlands slow-danced for two hours, a disappointment given the firepower that Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben brought to the stage. At some point, the two coaches should have huddled and agreed to dispense with the rest of regulation time, so intent was each to proceed directly to a penalty-kick shootout. Even the referee wanted to cut some time, having decided to tack on just one stoppage minute to the second extra period when more seemed warranted. In fact, much attention for awhile was focused on the sideline, where reserve goalkeeper Tim Krul was loosening up for what surely would be an encore...

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