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

Louis van Gaal not focusing on Lionel Messi

Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Group F football match between Argentina and Bosnia Hercegovina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 15, 20
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Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal insists that his players will not be focusing all of their attention on Argentina talisman Lionel Messi in their World Cup semi-final.

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has insisted that his players will not be focusing on Argentina's Lionel Messi during their World Cup semi-final.

The two teams go head to head in Sao Paulo tonight with a place in Sunday's final against Germany on the line.

While admitting that Messi is a "very important player" for the South Americans, Van Gaal believes that the whole of the Argentine side are worth monitoring.

"I'm not thinking about individual players, I'm thinking always that we have to play against a team, but Messi is a very important player," he told FIFA.com.

"So we have to play against Argentina and we have to try to stop Messi getting the ball, passing the ball, scoring goals, and you do that as a team. I hope my team can do the job."

Messi has scored four goals in five games for Argentina so far at the tournament.

Head coach Louis van Gaal of the Netherlands reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014
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