News

Messi’s Argentina face Netherlands in last four

Messi’s Argentina face Netherlands in last four

SEMI-FINALS:Lionel Messi, seen here during during a team soccer training session at the arena di Corinthians stadium in Sao Paulo, July 8, hopes to lead his team to the finals. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – After Germany’s stunning demolition of hosts Brazil on Tuesday, Lionel Messi’s Argentina will seek to join the Europeans in the final when they take on 2010 runners-up the Netherlands in Sao Paulo later on Wednesday.

Four-times World Player of the Year Messi has scored four goals en route to the last four and after Brazil’s exit Argentine will be greedily eyeing a possible clash with the Germans at the legendary Maracana stadium on Sunday.

The Dutch began their campaign with a 5-1 drubbing of holders Spain and will be looking to their talisman Arjen Robben, who has three goals at the finals, to help break down a well-drilled Argentine defence.

After their blistering start, Louis van Gaal’s side have cut it fine on the way to the semi-finals and needed a penalty shootout to get past Costa Rica in the last eight having only beaten Mexico by a controversial last-minute penalty in the previous round.

(Writing by Iain Rogers, editing by Nigel Hunt)

Local Headlines

in Local

Excelerate Estherville Contest Winner Revealed

excelerate

The winner of the Excelerate Estherville contest was announced during Sweet Corn Days this weekend.

in Local

Iowa Tax Collections

dollar sign

Iowans paid over a quarter of a billion dollars in personal income taxes to the State of Iowa last month.

in Local

O’Brien County Accident

Car Accident 1280

Two Primghar women were taken to the hospital following a Saturday morning accident.

in Local

Winner of Pitch and Grow Event

pitch

The Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute hosted the Pitch and Grow event on Monday.

in Local

Spray Plane Shooting

plane

Investigation is underway into an individual shooting at an aerial spray plane.