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Summary

  1. Semi-final result: Argentina 15-29 Australia
  2. Simmons, Ashley-Cooper 3 tries, Foley 3 cons, 1 pen
  3. Five Sanchez penalties for Argentina
  4. Australia to play New Zealand in final
  5. Use audio icon to listen to Radio 5 live sports extra commentary

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By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Argentina 15-29 Australia

Just two matches to go.

South Africa v Argentina on Friday 29 October. 20:00 GMT kick-off at the Olympic Stadium.

New Zealand v Australia on Saturday 31 October. 16:00 GMT kick-off at Twickenham.

We will see you there. Bye for now.

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Argentina win my "most improved team" award in #RWC2015 #bbcrugby. Bronze final should be interesting.

Praise from the Pumas

Argentina 15-29 Australia

Classy stuff from Argentina...

Congratulations @Wallabies on getting through to the final #RWC2015 See you again next year!

Match stats

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Argentina-Australia

Tries: 0-4

Penalties kicked: 5/5-1/2

Tackles: 95-142

Missed tackles: 28-33

Carries: 137-98

Metres: 556-352

Defenders beaten: 33-28

Clean breaks: 13-7

Turnovers conceded: 21-13

Possession: 55%-45%

Territory: 54%-46%

Australia reach the final

Argentina 15-29 Australia

Australia's defensive line has been battered more in the past 80 minutes than it has been throughout the whole tournament. That's literally - as the pictures of David Pocock's bloodied face show. And metaphorically - as the tackling statistics show. The Wallabies were forced into more tackles by the Pumas than any other opponent at this World Cup.

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Player reaction - Pocock

Argentina 15-29 Australia

David Pocock
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Australia number eight David Pocock on ITV: "It was incredibly tough - as we knew it would be. Credit to Argentina, it was physical, but both teams looked to use the ball and both teams were working hard until the 80th minute.

"I thought there were a few pieces of finishing from our back line which was the difference but it was tough."

Aussie blueprint

The blueprint for Australia for next Saturday's final against New Zealand will be 8 August.

The Wallabies trailed the All Blacks 19-17 with 11 minutes left in their Rugby Championship decider on that day.

But a 10-point scoring burst from replacement scrum-half Nic White turned the tables and put the silverware on the Aussies' mantelpiece.

Australia beat New Zealand in August
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So a repeat of March's cricket WC final. Back then a fancied NZ lost to Aus - repeat on the cards with the oval ball? #bbcrugby

'We can improve'

Cheika
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What we did was let the game open up which suited them. I'm really happy with the lads' defence. We had to work hard to stop them from scoring a try. We can improve again and that's really important now. Now tonight we can think we've given ourselves a chance to play in a final and we will work out how we will do it against a dynamic team.

Australia head coach Michael Cheika

"Ignore the whinging poms"

Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch is happy.

Great win by Australia at Twickenham. Can't wait for final against great All Blacks next Saturday. Ignore complaints from whinging poms.

Jonathan Davies

Former Wales fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"This performance from Argentina was amazing. The way they've adapted their game with their back line - they have come on leaps and bounds. They will grow and grow. This will give them heart to perform at a higher level."

Lies, damned lies and statistics

Argentina 15-29 Australia

Do statistics tell the full story? Nope, not always. Argentina shaded possession and edged territory, but the more adventurous Australians deserve their place in the World Cup final after a four-try win.

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You could see it with Pocock's reaction at the end, blood stained and shaking his head, that Australia were really tested there. #bbcrugby

"Fair bit out of the tank"

Argentina 15-29 Australia

Stephen Moore
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It was a tough game and we knew it would be. We had to defend a lot. We have an opportunity in a final now. That took a fair bit out of the tank. We know the task next week is huge, we have to recover well.

Australia captain Stephen Moore

"One hell of a final"

Argentina 15-29 Australia

Jonathan Davies

Former Wales fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Australia when the opportunities came were so clinical. The skill level was very high. There's a huge question mark over the front five and whether New Zealand will exploit that. But purely on their finishing, they will be a threat in the final. If they get parity against New Zealand in that front five it will be one hell of a final."

Australia reach the final

Argentina 15-29 Australia

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Bleary eyed in Australia but worth the 3am wake up. Have booked the couch for the same time next week. #RWC2015 #bbcrugby

Argentina 15-29 Australia

Facundo Isa is dejected
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Australia coach Michael Chieka folds away his glasses and shakes a supporter's hand. It was the result he expected, mission still to be fully accomplished.

Argentina counterpart Daniel Hourcade by contrast is melting into slow, tired tears.

A dream has died. But what a thing of beauty it was while it lived.

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Hat-trick hero

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Argentina 15-29 Australia

Argentina spills the ball as they chance their arm once too many. Adam Ashley-Cooper booms a kick back down to their end of the field to send them back to square one.

Jonathan Davies

Former Wales fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"They've both come to play. There have been so many half breaks. Argentina were too fast and loose in the first 10 minutes. They've tried to adapt and they have to learn when to use their strengths."

Barnes - from both sides

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You have to say Wayne Barnes is one of the best & most level headed referees in the tournament. Refreshing not to see so much TMO #bbcrugby

Australia making it all the way to the final thanks to the refs #bbcrugby

Argentina 15-29 Australia

Argentina are throwing it about with abandon. As they must. Joaquin Tuculet darting up into the Aussie 22m, but the support is sluggish.

There are some tired Argentines out there.

Argentina 15-29 Australia

The replay of the scoring pass between Drew Mitchell and Adam Ashley-Cooper suggests the ball drifted forward between the two Australians.

It looked fine on first viewing, but Wayne Barnes would have had a tough call to make had he sent it up to the big screen.

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This time last year Oz were a total shambles. Now they r on verge of a World Cup final. Cheika should change his name to Gandalf #bbcrugby

Argentina 15-29 Australia

Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade had his head in his hands as Adam Ashley-Cooper dotted down.

This has gone for the Pumas.

Jonathan Davies

Former Wales fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"That is the difference in one play. The short side is exploited. Drew Mitchell - what a decision from Michael Cheika to bring him back."

Converted try - Ashley-Cooper

Argentina 15-29 Australia

Adam Ashley Cooper celebrates
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A Bledisloe World Cup final it is then.

Drew Mitchell cuts the Argentina defence to ribbons with an electric burst and then jagging step off his left wing. Blue and white shirts falling off the Wallaby and he finally manages to connect up with fellow wing Adam Ashley-Cooper for a stroll in.

That is Ashley-Cooper's hat-trick. And Bernard Foley rubs salt into the wounds.

Argentina 15-22 Australia

Another over-ambitious off-load from Argentina and Australia snatch the ball back.

Are the Pumas trying too hard? A little more brain and a little less adrenaline and they will be able to find a way through Australia's defence.

Argentina 15-22 Australia

Australia are continuing to dominate the turnover count as they have done throughout the tournament, winning nine to Argentina's four. And that man David Pocock is leading the way...

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#bbcrugby can't see either #AUS or #ARG bothering NZ next Sat. Too many errors to be champions.

Argentina 15-22 Australia

Butterfingers. The ball gets away from Kurtley Beale on halfway and the Pumas snaffle possession.

There is space for whichever team has the ball in hand...

Argentina 15-22 Australia

Leonardo Senatore jumps in the line out
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Tatafu Polota-Nau gets lucky as David Pocock clears up his over-throw at line-out time on the Argentina 22m.

Pocock's work goes to waste though as Michael Hooper is boshed by Marcelo Bosch in midfield and the Pumas fly-hack upfield.

Replacement

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Dean Mumm and Nick Phipps replace second row Rob Simmons and scrum-half Will Genia for Australia.

Pressure's on

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Former Scotland international Gregor Townsend sees tiredness creeping in...

Fatigue after a tough World Cup and the pressure of a semi-final is leading to mistakes... and to opportunities for either team to win this.

Jonathan Davies

Former Wales fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Folau was not looking well. That ankle must be worse than they said. He's not looked his best."

Replacement

Argentina 15-22 Australia

Australia full-back Israel Folau was a doubt for this game and it looks like his race is run.

Matt Toomua is on in his place.

Argentina 15-22 Australia

Australia come up with the turnover just when they need it.

And they were gifted it by scrum-half Tomas Cubelli whose toe stubs the ball into the path of Tatafu Polota-Nau.

A basic mistake to allow the Aussies off the hook when the Pumas had them pinned in the 22m.

Argentina 15-22 Australia

Argentina break up into the Australia 22m.

Suddenly the green and gold is at sixes and sevens...