July 7 (Reuters) - The Netherlands play Argentina in a World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.
Where: The Corinthians arena, Sao Paulo Capacity: 62,601 When: Wednesday, July 9, 17:00 local (2000 GMT/4 PM ET) Referee: TBC
Probable teams: Netherlands: 1-Jasper Cillessen; 3-Stefan de Vrij, 2-Ron Vlaar, 4-Bruno Martins Indi, 15-Dirk Kuyt, 5-Daley Blind; 11-Arjen Robben, 20-Georginio Wijnaldum, 10-Wesley Sneijder; 9-Robin van Persie, 21-Memphis Depay Argentina: 1-Sergio Romero; 4-Pablo Zabaleta, 15-Martin Demichelis, 2-Ezequiel Garay, 16-Marcos Rojo; 14-Javier Mascherano, 6-Lucas Biglia, 8-Enzo Perez; 22-Ezequiel Lavezzi, 9-Gonzalo Higuain, 10-Lionel Messi
While Argentina have won the World Cup twice (1978, 1986), the Dutch are perennial underachievers in the tournament having reached three finals but coming away empty-handed each time (1974, 1978, 2010).
The teams met in the controversial 1978 final, which kicked off late after hosts Argentina objected to a plaster cast on the forearm of Dutch player Rene van de Kerkhof.
Argentina won the final 3-1 after extra time.
There have been four previous meetings at the World Cup between the sides - the Netherlands winning two, Argentina one - in the '78 final - and one draw.
The Netherlands, with 12 goals, are joint top scorers in the 2014 tournament with Colombia, who have already been eliminated.
With their 1-0 quarter-final win over Belgium, Argentina equalled their longest World Cup winning streak of five games. All five victories have been by one-goal margins.
Previous meetings: The teams have played each other eight times overall, with the Netherlands winning four, Argentina one and three draws. World Cup meetings: 1974 Second round: Netherlands 4 Argentina 0 1978 Final: Argentina 3 Netherlands 1 1998 Quarter-finals: Netherlands 2 Argentina 1 2006 Group stage: Argentina 0 Netherlands 0
Results so far at the 2014 World Cup: Netherlands: Opened their campaign with a 5-1 mauling of defending champions Spain before beating Australia 3-2 and Chile 2-0 to top Group B. They staged an astonishing fightback to beat Mexico 2-1 in the last 16, equalising with two minutes left on the clock before getting the winner via the penalty spot in stoppage time. Despite dominating Costa Rica in Saturday's quarter-final, the Netherlands needed a penalty shootout to secure a place in the semi-finals. Argentina: Laboured to a 2-1 win over Bosnia in their opening game, scraped a 1-0 win over Iran in stoppage time and beat Nigeria 3-2 to finish top of Group F. Needed an extra-time goal in their last 16 match to beat Switzerland 1-0, then wrapped up their quarter-final against Belgium by the same scoreline.
Head-to-head statistics at this tournament: Games played: Netherlands 5, Argentina 5 Goals scored: Netherlands 12, Argentina 8 Fouls committed: Netherlands 91, Argentina 54 Yellow cards: Netherlands 7, Argentina 5 Red cards: Netherlands 0, Argentina 0
Team stats: Distance run per match: Netherlands 114.8km, Argentina 109.6km Passes completed: Netherlands 2,031, Argentina 2,438 Pass completion rate: Netherlands 80 pct, Argentina 80 pct Penalty shootout record: In their two World Cup shootouts, the Netherlands lost in the semi-finals of the 1998 tournament to Brazil, and beat Costa Rica in the 2014 quarter-finals. Argentina survived two shootouts in 1990, beating Yugoslavia and Italy in the quarter- and semi-finals. They won another in 1998 when they eliminated England in the second round, and suffered their first defeat in the 2006 quarter-finals to Germany. (Editing by Ken Ferris)