Jul 9, 2014 at 9pm UK at ​Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo
Netherlands
0-0
Argentina

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

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

Wesley Sneijder: 'Argentina played for penalties'

Lionel Messi, Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Marcos Rojo, Lucas Biglia, Javier Mascherano, Rodrigo Palacio and Ezequiel Garay of Argentina celebrate defeating the Netherlands in a shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between
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Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder believes that Argentina were happy to settle for penalties in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday night.

Wesley Sneijder has claimed that the Netherlands struggled to produce their best in Wednesday night's World Cup semi-final as Argentina were playing for penalties.

A 4-2 defeat in the shootout followed 120 goalless minutes in Sao Paulo, and Sneijder believes that it was Argentina's conservative tactics which caused problems for Louis van Gaal's side.

"We deserved more," the 30-year-old told reporters. "Argentina gambled on deciding the game on penalties, while we always tried to win.

"I missed my penalty, I am sorry, but we could also have scored one of our opportunities in the 120 minutes."

Sneijder and Ron Vlaar were the two players who failed to score with their efforts from the spot.

Sergio Romero of Argentina reacts after saving the penalty kick of Ron Vlaar of the Netherlands (not pictured) in a shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between the Netherlands and Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014
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