Jimmy Tau backs Argentina for win

EWN World Cup analyst Jimmy Tau says the team has been in superb form.

Jimmy Tau kisses the World Cup trophy replica during his visit at the Christ the Redeemer monument in Rio de Janeiro on 6 July 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

RIO DE JANEIRO - EWN World Cup analyst Jimmy Tau says Argentina is the most complete side left in the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

They take on the Netherlands in the semifinals while hosts Brazil play Germany.

With three former World Champions in the remaining four, Tau believes it will be Alejandro Sabella's men who will lift the title on Sunday.

"The Dutch really had to fight it to make it through to the semifinals and I think they are coming to this game knowing that it's not going to be easy playing against an Argentine team that's well oiled. For me they stand out as one of the best teams to actually make it through to the finals and ultimately win it."

Doctors confirmed Angel Di Maria will miss the semifinal against the Netherlands because of a thigh problem, but did not rule the winger out of being fit for the final should Argentina prevail in Sao Paulo on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a replica World Cup trophy has made its way up to the famous Christ the Redeemer monument.

The model cup passed through thousands of fans who went up to see the statue, one of the new seven wonders of the world.

A long winding queue made its way down the mountain as thousands of people stood in line for their chance to see Christ the Redeemer up close.

A rest day in the World Cup schedule gave locals and tourists alike the perfect opportunity to visit the historic side, the foundation for which relates to 1922.

The replica World Cup trophy which was placed on a concrete ledge drew huge attention of people, with some raiding above their heads to capture the perfect photo.

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