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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# World Cup 2014

All time
# Preview
Millions await the 'nature versus nurture' World Cup final
Argentina, and one very special player, will attempt to combat the impressive Germans.
# invite
Robben welcome at Manchester United - Van Gaal
The coach also sought to temper expectations among Manchester United fans excited about his impending arrival.
# Looking Back
5 memorable past Germany-Argentina clashes
This is the third consecutive World Cup in which the sides have met.
# looking ahead
Sabella still hopeful over Di Maria fitness, says Argentina need 'perfect match'
“We have to remain very concentrated and close all the spaces open to them,” he says.
# Legend
Brian Kerr nearly broke Twitter with his World Cup commentary this evening
The former Ireland manager was on top form during tonight’s World Cup play-off.
# Consolation
Brazil booed as Netherlands claim World Cup third spot
The hosts’ defence was hopelessly exposed, with the first Dutch goal coming when Robben raced in behind them.
# main man
Lionel Messi ready for 'most important match'
“Tomorrow, we will play the most important match of our lives for our country,” he wrote on Facebook.
# goals
All the goals as the Netherlands outclass Brazil
This tournament can’t end too soon for David Luiz.
# Respect
Schweinsteiger pays tribute to 'leader of the pack' Mascherano
The midfielder has recognised the qualities of his opponent tomorrow.
World Cup hangout: Karl Spain on World Cup highlights, Billo's retirement and Kevin Kilbane's soundness
The dreaded third-place play-off was also up for discussion.
# Legend on legend
Maradona: 'Messi will define World Cup final'
The Argentine legend says his country ‘can’t allow’ a European team win the World Cup in South America.
# Germany
A World Cup final is the least German fans expected
This is the culmination of a long re-building process says James Carew.
This video suggests Brazil LITERALLY didn't turn up against Germany
An ingenious new version of the game has edited out all the Brazilians from the match highlights.
# Support
Tearful Neymar backs 'friend' Messi as Argentina, Germany prepare
The Brazil star wants the four-time world footballer of the year to win on Sunday.
Should Ron Vlaar's penalty have counted against Argentina?
Was the ball still in play? Did it cross the line? Where was that goal-line technology graphic that plagued us during the group stages?
# Letter from Brazil
Football brings hope, but not much more in favelas of Rio
Mikey Stafford tours a north Rio favela with a Corkman trying to make a difference.
# Rest Day
Tired and bruised Argentina keeping emotions in check with the prize in sight
La Albiceleste have a day less to rest but they will have to show even more discipline against the Germans on Sunday.
# London Calling
It's official! Alexis Sanchez has joined Arsenal
World Cup star agrees long-term deal with North London club after three-year stint with Barcelona.
# because you're worth it
Belgian football fan lands modelling gig after being spotted cheering at World Cup
Just like ridiculously good-looking felon before her.
# third choice
LVG: Two Dutch players turned down first penalty before Ron Vlaar stepped up
Louis Van Gaal signalled the beginning of finger-pointing season in The Netherlands.
# Mineirazo Fallout
'Nobody will die' - Defiant Scolari bats away questions on his Brazil future
“We have a commitment with the CBF until the end of the World Cup – and the end of the World Cup is Saturday.”
# slip of the tongue
An RTÉ commentator accidentally said 'penis' on live TV last night
# A message to you Louis
I'll forever be grateful to van Gaal: Argentina's penalty hero Romero says thanks
Argentinian keeper on a World Cup high after a disappointing season on the bench for Monaco.
# oranje crushed
Breakfast at Bebeto’s: All you need to know about last night’s World Cup action
Leo Messi has a date with destiny at The Maracanã this Sunday.
# then there were two
Maracanã awaits Messi and Argentina after Dutch undone by penalties
La Albiceleste defeated the Netherlands 4-2 in a shootout to book their place with Germany in Sunday’s final.
Netherlands v Argentina, World Cup semi-final
Could Messi send the Argies to their first final since 1990 or will it be Louis van Gaal’s men who face Germany.
# head games
Should Javier Mascherano be free to play on after reacting to a head injury like this?
The Argentina midfielder collapsed to the turf after a clash of heads.
# don't leave us
7 feelings we're all feeling about the World Cup coming to an end
Tell me why, I don’t like Monday.
# everyday I'm simulating
Diving: Now a scourge of the office, bar and supermarket as well as the football pitch
According to this excellent short film anyway.
# Ban
FIFA suspends Nigerian Football Federation
The ruling is with immediate effect and comes after ‘government interference.’
World Cup hangout: The prize-giving webchat that's pity-partying hard in Brazil
We’ve got another phone to give away and the hungry Mikey Stafford is in São Paulo awaiting Argentina v The Netherlands.
# tv picks
What to watch on TV tonight: Wednesday
Here are the shows and films that’ll be on your Twitter timeline later.
# Oh My God!
WWE commentary over footage of Brazil's drubbing is perfect
‘Good Ol’ JR’ lends his voice to a soundtrack that sums up the hosts’ miserable night.
# Paper Talk
Six of our favourite front pages from Brazil in the wake of their 7-1 defeat
Unsurprisingly, they don’t go easy on their team.
# Pick it out
Take time to relive the greatest goal from a Netherlands Argentina World Cup game
# a brazilian tears
11 utterly devastated football fans mourning Brazil's World Cup defeat
Just let it all out. We’re here.
# Hammerings
Open Thread: What's the worst defeat your team has ever suffered?
In the wake of Germany’s rout of Brazil, we want to know the worst defeat you can remember?
# Lionel V Louis
Can Messi and Argentina surmount Van Gaal's Oranje hurdle tonight?
Our man in Brazil looks ahead to the second of the World Cup semi-finals.
# Seventh hell
'It's my fault' says Big Phil Scolari after Germany rout
The Brazil coach is taking full responsibility for the humiliating defeat.
# German Supremacy
Joachim Loew - 'They were shocked by our goals and it made the game easier for us'
Germany’s coach saluted his players for their thrilling display last night.