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Semi-final World Cup Man of the Match: Javier Mascherano

Javier Mascherano of Argentina

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Facing the likes of Arjen Robben, Robin Van Persie, and Wesley Sneijder in the World Cup semifinals, Argentina needed a special performance to keep those three away from goal.

While the back line was busy, Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano stepped up to the task played brilliantly, marking Robben and Sneijder basically out of the game. In particular, he made a great recovery to catch up with Robben and make a key tackle at the left post to deny the Dutchman in the first minute of second half stoppage time.

Although Sergio Romero made two penalty saves, including a great one on Sneijder, Mascherano was the key to stifling the Dutch offense and beats out other standouts such as Romero, Martín Demichelis and Ezequiel Garay for Man of the Match honors

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