Oranje take on La Albiceleste

In yet another South America versus Europa battle, Argentina and the Netherlands will go head-to-head tonight in the second semi-final for the right to face Germany in the final of the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

The Dutch will be out for revenge as they look for a second consecutive final appearance. Four years ago they lost to the Spanish national team in South Africa in extra time after dominating the game. Star man Arjen Robben was guilty of missing many good chances for the Dutch to win their first title in Johannesburg that night. Now as this year's final looms on the horizon, he will have to lead his team as they target the Jules Rimet Trophy.

Robben has been in inspired form in the tournament so far, scoring three goals and earning two man-of-the-match awards for his performances. And despite that rather debatable penalty in the round-of-16 match against Mexico he has proven why, on his day, he is considered one of the most deadly attacking players in world football.

However, Robben alone cannot carry the team for 90 minutes - or even more. Strike partner Robin van Persie must step up. RVP may have scored the goal of the tournament so far with his phenomenal header against Spain in the opening round, but he has failed to hit the heights since then. His lacklustre performances even saw him substituted by manager Louis van Gaal during the game against Mexico when the Dutch were 1-0 down.

The current crop of Dutch players, including Wesley Sneijder, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Nigel de Jong, are into their 30s so this World Cup might well be their final international tournament, and what better way than to bow out at the top?

Unfortunately for the Dutch, in their way stands an Argentina side that would love to be crowned world champions at the home ground of their biggest rivals: Brazil.

The Argentine frontline of Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Ageuro and Angel di Maria may be one that most managers dream off, but they have so far failed to live up to their star billing.

And adding to their lacklustre performances is the absence of the on-form di Maria due to a leg injury.

That blow means that they will once again look to captain and talisman Messi for inspiration. He must step up and score goals for the side. Having already netted four times this tournament, he has finally shown up in the World Cup having failed to shine in the two previous editions of the tournament.

With Messi bidding to leave his mark on the World Cup after painful quarter-final exits at his first two tournaments, and Robben desperate to exorcise the ghosts of Holland's 1-0 loss to Spain in the 2010 final, tonight's clash could be one for the record books.

My pick: The Netherlands to win 3-2 in extra time.

Tholakele Mnganga is an EWN sports reporter and producer.

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