World Cup 2014: Argentina's Mascherano Warns Against Dutch Threat

Updated: 08 July 2014 21:54 IST

Argentina face Netherlands in the 2nd semifinal of the World Cup 2014.

World Cup 2014: Argentina's Mascherano Warns Against Dutch Threat
Argentina team in practice ahead of semis clash vs Netherlands © AFP

Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano warned his team-mates against facing Netherlands in the World Cup semi-finals adding that the Oranje are yearning to win the tournament after losing to Spain in the 2010 final. (History hangs heavy as Netherlands face Argentina)

Mascherano said they know they are playing against a team who are the best in counter-attacking with the speed of their forwards, reports EFE. ('Dutch Messi' Arjen Robben ready for Argentina)

"We will face a team that is experienced and very hungry to win after losing the last World Cup final. We will not expect an easy match and it will be even harder than Belgium for the quality of their players and experience," the Argentine said.

Argentina reached the semi-finals for the first time in 24 years after defeating Belgium last Saturday with an early goal from Gonzalo Higuain. (RVP out to end knockout stage voodoo)

"We have a unique and wonderful opportunity and we will live with the dream of being able to reach the final," Mascherano concluded.

Argentina take on Netherlands at the Arena de Sao Paulo on Wednesday.



Topics : Argentina Netherlands Javier Mascherano FIFA World Cup 2014 Football
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