Taking place a day after the catastrophe that was Brazil’s humiliating downfall on home grounds in a semi-final match against Germany, spectators worldwide were unsure of what to expect from the clash between the Dutch and Argentinians. Strangely enough, just as the Brazil-Germany match was on the extreme end of exciting and sensational, the Netherlands-Argentina match was somewhat boring and uneventful. For much of the match, it seemed as if players on both sides were somewhat hesitant to take on an aggressive stance to lay claim to a goal. Some experts surmised that both teams had taken a lesson from the Brazil-Germany match — Brazil had tried going on the offensive but ended up leaving themselves exposed to a thrashing — and so held back to play it safe. Both teams eventually played out a 120-minute match without scoring any goals.