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Argentine Mascherano warns against Dutch threat

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Sao Paolo, July 8:

Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano warned his teammates against facing Netherlands in the World Cup semifinals adding that the Oranje are yearning to win the tournament after losing to Spain in the 2010 final.

Javier Mascherano
Javier Mascherano

Mascherano said they know they are playing against a team who are the best in counter-attacking with the speed of their forwards, reports Efe.

“We will face a team that is experienced and very hungry to win after losing the last World Cup final. We will not expect an easy match and it will be even harder than Belgium for the quality of their players and experience,” the Argentine said.

Argentina reached the semifinals for the first time in 24 years after defeating Belgium last Saturday with an early goal from Gonzalo Higuaín.

“We have a unique and wonderful opportunity and we will live with the dream of being able to reach the final,” Mascherano concluded.

Argentina take on Netherlands at the Arena de São Paulo here Wednesday.

(IANS/EFE)