Sao Paulo: The Netherlands' heartbreaking penalty shootout loss to Argentina in the World Cup semifinals looks to have definitively ended Arjen Robben's hopes of exorcising his ghosts from the 2010 final. (Highlights)
Wednesday's game at an overcast Corinthians Arena had been billed as a duel between Robben and Lionel Messi, but instead it was the defenders on both sides who took centre-stage. (Also read: Dutch media mourns defeat in World Cup 'chess' game)
While Messi was masterfully coralled by Dutch centre-back Ron Vlaar, Robben rarely threatened to add to his tally of three tournament goals.