Jul 9, 2014 at 9pm UK at ​Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo
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Argentina win 4-2 on penalties

Lionel Messi dedicates Argentina win to journalist

Netherlands' defender Bruno Martins Indi watches as Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi controls the ball past Netherlands' defender Daley Blind during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between the Netherlands and Argentina at Arena
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Argentina star Lionel Messi dedicates the World Cup semi-final win over the Netherlands to a journalist who was killed hours before kickoff.

Lionel Messi has dedicated Argentina's World Cup semi-final victory over the Netherlands to journalist Jorge Lopez, who was killed in a car crash hours before kickoff.

The 38-year-old was travelling back to his hotel in a taxi when the vehicle was struck by a stolen car as it attempted to evade the police in Brazil yesterday.

Messi took to Facebook to convey his sorrow over the incident, having befriended the Argentine Lopez when he worked in Barcelona for Sport newspaper.

"I'm sending a big, big hug to the whole of Argentina and a souvenir to Jorge 'Topo' Lopez, this victory is especially also for you, my friend. A big hug to the family and lots of encouragement," he wrote on Thursday.

The Albiceleste will face Germany in the final of the competition on Sunday at the Maracana.

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