It seems as though some football fans have been rather spoilt at this World Cup. When presented with the tournament's second semi-final - an admittedly dour goalless draw between Argentina and the Netherlands that was eventually settled by penalties - more than a few disgruntled onlookers voiced their discontent at not having another thriller to enjoy. How dare this World Cup produce such a boring spectacle? The cheek of it!
Pardon me, but if a World Cup match doesn't result in at least 8 goals and the utter humiliation of an entire country, why bother?
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) July 9, 2014
This is the game of the tournament. No doubt about it.
— Boring Tweeter (@b0ringtweets) July 9, 2014
Jesus, this game's been going 20mins and no one's scored 4 goals. This game sucks ass.
— Hadley Freeman (@HadleyFreeman) July 9, 2014
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) July 9, 2014
On the night, Ron Vlaar was one of the Dutch culprits, missing his penalty kick, to ensure a place in his nation's spot-kick hall of shame. That his name is pun-tastic didn't help matters.
Wrong Vlaar. — Alex Dimond (@alexdimond) July 9, 2014
It's all over Vlaar the shouting.
— Dale Johnson (@dalejohnsonESPN) July 9, 2014
Fine tackle on Messi by Ron Vlaar. Forget the Britannia - Messi couldn't even do it on a wet Tuesday night at Villa Park on this evidence.
— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) July 9, 2014
Oh dear Paris Saint-Germain. If you'd gone to Villa you could have had a proper defender. £50m. Tsk. — Matt Scott (@Matt5cott) July 9, 2014
Concrete Ron has got Messi in his pocket. — Elko Born (@Elko_B) July 9, 2014
What no one realises is that Ron Vlaar going in goal this time — Matt Dickinson (@DickinsonTimes) July 9, 2014
I said a whoooooo do you think you Vlaar? Acting like some kinda Beckenbauer
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) July 9, 2014
Messi showing what many feared, that he couldn't hack it on a wet, chilly Wednesday night in São Paulo. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 9, 2014
MISSING: Name: Lionel Messi Age: 27 Nationality: Argentinian Last Seen: Inside Ron Vlaar's back pocket Any information is appreciated. — BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) July 9, 2014
Messi may have been well shackled, but let's not forget he still ended up on the winning side.
Messi must be made up. Hes' only 90 minutes away from being a great player. #WorldCup2014
— Richie Sadlier (@RichieSadlier) July 9, 2014
Well done Lionel Messi. First player/manager to ever reach a World Cup final. — Evan Fanning (@evanfanning) July 9, 2014
Dutch coach Louis van Gaal, up until now a bonafide tactical genius, had to shoulder some of the blame for not single-handedly winning the game with substitutions.
If LVG really wanted to mess with ARG if it went to pen shoot-out, he'd bring on Vorm & not Krul at end of extra-time
— Ben Lyttleton (@benlyt) July 9, 2014
— Soccer Gods (@soccergods) July 9, 2014
Argentina were triumphant on the night, although it was suggested in some quarters that there was another big winner at the end of the match.
Germany have won this semi-final. — Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) July 9, 2014
But with this man on their side, the Argentines cannot be ruled out in the final.
— Adrian Carrasquillo (@RealAdrianC) July 9, 2014
- Sports & Recreation
- Lionel Messi
- Ron Vlaar