Fresh off its accurate prediction for Tuesday’s World Cup semifinals match between Germany and Brazil, ESPN once again fired up the “FIFA 14” video game to predict who will win Wednesday’s game between Argentina and the Netherlands.
The sports network used the popular video game to run a simulation of the tournament’s second semifinals match. An Argentine squad led by world-renowned striker Lionel Messi faced off against a Netherlands team that’s on the cusp of making its second consecutive appearance in the World Cup.
Throughout the World Cup, Argentina and the Netherlands have scored a combined 19 goals in 10 matches. In ESPN’s “FIFA 14” simulation, the two powerhouses remained scoreless through the first half. In the match’s 47th minute, Argentinian defender Ezequiel Garay managed to head-in free kick to break the stalemate and give his team a 1-0 lead.
Soon after, the Dutch dynamic duo of Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben combined to score the equalizer, tying the game up at 1-1. Van Persie nearly scored a game-winning goal at the 89-minute mark, but his shot hit the post, breaking the hearts of Dutch fans everywhere. The World Cup semifinal match would have to be decided in extra time.
And decided it was. Minutes before the match would have gone to penalty kicks, Messi converted on a diabolical free kick and reminded everyone why he’s considered to be one of the top two players in the soccer world. Thus, ESPN’s “FIFA 14” simulation predicted that Argentina will defeat the Netherlands by a score of 2-1 and advance to the finals.
Want to find out if the video game got it right? Tune in to ESPN’s broadcast of the 2014 World Cup semifinal match between Argentina and the Netherlands at 4 p.m. ET. A preview of the match can be viewed here.