Jul 9, 2014 at 9pm UK at ​Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo

Martins Indi (44'), Huntelaar (105')

Demichelis (48')
Argentina win 4-2 on penalties

Javier Mascherano: 'Argentina can meet expectations at World Cup'

Javier Mascherano of Argentina reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between Argentina and Belgium at Estadio Nacional on July 5, 2014
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Javier Mascherano insists that Argentina can handle the pressure of playing in their first World Cup semi-final in 24 years.

Javier Mascherano has insisted that Argentina are ready to meet expectations by reaching the World Cup final inside the Maracana on Sunday night.

Ahead of their first semi-final appearance for 24 years against the Netherlands on Wednesday, Mascherano has urged the squad to handle the pressure which comes with playing in such a big game.

"Of course it is fantastic to have got to the semi-finals but now we want to be in the Maracana on July 13," the 30-year-old told reporters. "The expectations are growing and we have got to try and match them.

"The squad is very happy and we go into such a massive game with real enthusiasm.. We know we will have a great chance on Wednesday.

"For a football fan like me, 24 years is a very long time. The expectations grow but fate has put us where we are now. We need to keep up."

Argentina have not enjoyed success at the World Cup since 1986.

Gonzalo Higuain of Argentina scores his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match against Belgium on July 5, 2014
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