Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates with Martin Demichelis, left, following their 1-0 victory over Belgium to advance to the semi-finals. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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Having been brought back in from the international wilderness, Argentina defender Martin Demichelis is now hoping to ruin the World Cup dream of his former coach Louis van Gaal in Wednesday's semi-final against the Netherlands.Preferred to Federico Fernandez in central defense, Demichelis shone alongside Ezequiel Garay as Argentina triumphed 1-0 to progress to the last four.He knows all about the threat posed by Arjen Robben, his former teammate at Bayern Munich, and the tactical nous of Van Gaal, under whom Demichelis played in the Bayern side that reached the Champions League final in 2010 .He has described Van Gaal as "a great manager" and someone who is "very convinced about his own methods", so Demichelis knows the size of the task in store.Argentina started poorly in the qualifying campaign for this World Cup with Demichelis a regular in the side.
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