Netherlands' defender Ron Vlaar (R) and Netherlands' defender Stefan de Vrij react during a penalty shoot-out after extra time of the semi-final football match between Netherlands and Argentina of the FIFA World Cup at The Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014.
The Hague, Netherlands: Dutch media on Thursday mourned the Netherlands' 4-2 penalty shootout defeat by Argentina, but for some there was relief at not having to face a rampant Germany in the World Cup final.
"It's over: The Oranje won't go to the World Cup final after penalty drama with Argentina," popular tabloid Algemeen Dagblad said on its website. (Highlights)
It called the match a "chess game", saying the "tempo was too low, with few chances to score." (Also read: Lionel Messi on target to match Maradona)