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World Cup 2014 Semifinal Open Thread: Netherlands vs. Argentina

The second semifinal is today and should provide a more equitable match than yesterday.

Is... Is he eating his shirt?
Is... Is he eating his shirt?
Laurence Griffiths

Yesterday was crazy. Like, forget-everything-you-know-about-anything-in-international-soccer crazy. Some people thought Brazil would lose. Some thought Brazil would lose badly. Nobody thought Brazil would lose historically badly.

But today is a new day, with a new game to watch as the Netherlands* takes on Argentina in the second semifinal of the 2014 World Cup.

The Dutch will have their full cabinet of offensive weaponry available for this one as it has been announced that Robin Van Persie will be available for today's match, to slot in alongside Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben. Argentina, meanwhile, will be fielding Leo Messi.

This is your all-purpose World Cup open thread. Drop in to make some predictions, talk about the games, or anything else World Cup related.

Today's Game

Netherlands vs. Argentina

Watch it on: ESPN

Kick off: 1:00 PM PT at Arena de Sao Paolo in Sao Paolo


*Did you know that Holland only refers to several of the Netherlands' western provinces and that while many people outside the Netherlands use Holland to refer to the whole country, it is considered insulting to do so by some of the Dutch people? Thanks, Wikipedia!