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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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  1. 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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  3. Praise from the Pumas

    Argentina 15-29 Australia

    Classy stuff from Argentina...

  4. Match stats

    Argentina 15-29 Australia

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    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%

  5. 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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  6. Player reaction - Pocock

    Argentina 15-29 Australia

    David Pocock

    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."

  7. 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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  9. 'We can improve'

    Cheika
    Quote Message: 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. from Australia head coach Michael Cheika
    Australia head coach Michael Cheika
  10. "Ignore the whinging poms"

    Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch is happy.

  11. Post update

    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."

  12. 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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  14. "Fair bit out of the tank"

    Argentina 15-29 Australia

    Stephen Moore
    Quote Message: 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. from Australia captain Stephen Moore
    Australia captain Stephen Moore
  15. "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."

  16. Australia reach the final

    Argentina 15-29 Australia

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  18. Argentina 15-29 Australia

    Facundo Isa is dejected

    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.

  19. Full-time

    Argentina 15-29 Australia

    Australia celebrate
  20. Hat-trick hero

    Argentina 15-29 Australia

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  21. 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.

  22. Post update

    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."

  23. Barnes - from both sides

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  24. 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.

  25. 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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  27. 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.

  28. Post update

    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."

  29. Converted try - Ashley-Cooper

    Argentina 15-29 Australia

    Adam Ashley Cooper celebrates

    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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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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  33. 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...

  34. Argentina 15-22 Australia

    Leonardo Senatore jumps in the line out

    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.

  35. Replacement

    Argentina 15-22 Australia

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

  36. Pressure's on

    Argentina 15-22 Australia

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

  37. Post update

    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."

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. Argentina 15-22 Australia

    Argentina break up into the Australia 22m.

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

  41. Argentina 15-22 Australia

    Players scrum down

    Israel Folau opts to kick as he gathers the ball on halfway. It is straight into his own man.

    Scrum-down Argentina for the accidental offside.

    Australia allowed Scotland back from the dead in a game they should have had sewn up. Are they about to do it again?

  42. Action areas

    Argentina 15-22 Australia

    Argentina still edging the possession. Argentina still edging the territory. But Australia are still edging the scoreline. Tense.

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  43. Missed drop-goal

    Argentina 15-22 Australia

    Bernard Foley takes on a drop-goal shot from 35m. He has plenty of time to line it up as some heavy-legged Argentina forward barely jog out of the defensive line towards him, but it is a dud.

    Short, wide and it doesn't even make the in-goal area.

  44. Replacement

    Argentina 15-22 Australia

    The third change to the Aussie front row as hooker Stephen Moore departs and Tatafu Polota-Nau is on in his place.

  45. Argentina 15-22 Australia

    Argentina's front row are still milking the scrum for penalties.

    The Pumas win a fourth penalty at the set-piece - even though the Aussies have brought on props Toby Smith and Greg Holmes to try and shore it up.

  46. Argentina 15-22 Australia

    Argentina are within a converted try of their opponents, all because of Nicolas Sanchez's trusty right peg. Left touchline? Right touchline? Anywhere in-between? All no bother for the Argentina fly-half who has a flawless record of five kicks from five.

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  47. Argentina 15-22 Australia

    Magic from Kurtley Beale! A deft chip over the top from the Aussie replacement, gathered by Bernard Foley.

    Foley throws a big pass to try and find the lurking Adam Ashley-Cooper on the wing.

    Argentina's defenders suddenly have another few mph in their legs through. They flood across and snuff out the danger, winning a turnover.

  48. Argentina 15-22 Australia

    A change at scrum-half for Argentina as Tomas Cubelli replaces Martin Landajo.

    Cubelli has been lively in this tournament. Can he swing the game his side's way?

  49. Post update

    Jonathan Davies

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

    Nicolas Sanchez of Argentina kicks

    "Sanchez is a lovely kicker of the ball. Argentina, now with the dominance in the front row, need to play the game in the right areas. It's about field position and then tightening the noose around the Australia front five."

  50. Bring the noise

    Argentina 15-22 Australia

    BBC Radio Five live's Ed Marriage giving us a sense of what it's like inside the ground...

  51. Penalty - Sanchez

    Argentina 15-22 Australia

    Nicolas Sanchez slides his kick through the centre. Unerring stuff. 

    The Pumas are like a bad smell that the Aussies cannot quite shake off.

  52. Argentina 12-22 Australia

    Rob Simmons of Australia

    Rob Simmons collides with the Pumas line-out jumper as he chases Julian Montoya's throw.

    Penalty Argentina and this is bang in Sanchez country.

  53. Replacement

    Argentina 12-22 Australia

    Michael Cheika pulls the emergency cord on the front row.

    Both props off as Toby Smith and Greg Holmes replace James Slipper and Sekope Kepu.

  54. Argentina 12-22 Australia

    Spilled!

    Australia nab the loose ball and Will Genia boots away upfield.

    But Joaquin Tuculet runs back with intent into the Aussie half. Lovely jinking run and play is opening up, wide green pockets for the runners to exploit.

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  57. Argentina 12-22 Australia

    Nicolas Sanchez attacks for Argentina

    Half-break! Argentina wriggle through a gap and play is back up to the Aussie 22m line.

    The crowd are rumbling their approval.

  58. Argentina 12-22 Australia

    Australia burgle the breakdown yet again. Michael Hooper and David Pocock are chief suspects as the Wallabies ease the pressure on their own 22m.

  59. Post update

    Jonathan Davies

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

    "It's been a hectic eight minutes - it's all been going on. For Australia, they've played most of the game in the Argentina 22 because of Argentina's lack of exit experience in just clearing it."

  60. Penalty - Foley

    Argentina 12-22 Australia

    Bernard Foley kicks a penalty

    Whistles, jeers and 40 metres of Twickenham turf to overcome, but Bernard Foley's connection is clean and the ball tumbles through the slot.

  61. Argentina 12-19 Australia

    Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe's dirty mitts are all over the ball on the floor as he chases up an aimless punt forward from back-row colleague Leonardo Senatore.

    Penalty Australia and another test of Bernard Foley's nerves...

  62. Argentina 12-19 Australia

    Argentina are up to within seven points.

    That creaky Aussie scrum is what they need to target to close that gap further.

  63. Penalty - Sanchez

    Argentina 12-19 Australia

    Nicolas Sanchez penalty

    Australia's scrum is looking like their Achilles heel once again.

    A third scrum penalty for Argentina as James Slipper is prised off the floor again as the Pumas pour pressure through the Aussie loose-head.

    Bang in front and Nicolas Sanchez sends it over.

  64. Replacement

    Argentina 9-19 Australia

    Argentina are being gutted of experience.

    Juan Martin Hernandez is the latest pillar of the team to be taken out by injury. Jeronimo de la Fuente is on in his place.

  65. Ruthless Wallabies

    Argentina 9-19 Australia

    Ahead of kick-off we spoke about Argentina's lethal attack (albeit against easier opposition than Australia) during the tournament. But, as the offensive stats show, it is the three-try Wallabies who have been the most clinical.

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  66. Post update

    Jonathan Davies

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

    "They have to revert back to the old Argentina to win this game. They have to get the dominance up front and grind out the penalties."

  67. Missed penalty

    Argentina 9-19 Australia

    Bernard Foley is looking a little flaky off the tee.

    The Australia fly-half sends one wobbling wide to the delight of most of the crowd in Twickenham.

  68. Kick-off

    Argentina 9-19 Australia

    Martin Landajo in action

    Santiago Cordero gathers the kick-off, but has the ball pinched from him from Scott Fardy.

    The Pumas get desperate as they attempt to recover the situation and they have stretched Wayne Barnes' patience too far.

    Penalty and Bernard Foley is going to set his sights on the sticks.

  69. Argentina 9-19 Australia

    Argentina head coach Daniel Hourcade acted out his team-talk in mime as well as rapid-fire Spanish.

    The teams are back out. Let's get going.

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  72. Half-time

    Argentina 9-19 Australia

    The Aussies are edging the possession stats, although the bulk of the action sees Argentina trying to batter a hole in the Wallabies defence between the halfway line and their own 22. But, as we all know, the key statistic is the one which is 19-9 in favour of Australia... 

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  74. Not over for Argentina

    Argentina 9-19 Australia

    Ex-England men Brian Moore and Will Greenwood have some encouraging words for Argentina...

  75. Diego says relax

    Argentina 9-19 Australia

    The Argentine emperor says that the Pumas live to fight for the second half. 

    Diego's boys have been under the cosh for all of it and will be happy to only be 10 points adrift.

    Diego Maradona gestures during the match
  76. Half-time

    Argentina 9-19 Australia

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  77. Post update

    Jonathan Davies

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

    "Santiago Cordero, the angle of his running is clever, he avoids the big guys and runs on their blind shoulders. He's been a revelation. and so have the Argentina back line."

  78. Ace Ashley-Cooper

    Argentina 9-19 Australia

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  79. Half-time

    Argentina 9-19 Australia

  80. Post update

    Jonathan Davies

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

    "Why did he need to throw the miracle ball? Why did he need to be flash? Just pop it up and they score. The chance is missed. The difference so far - two chances for Argentina, no tries. Australia have been clinical."

  81. Argentina 9-19 Australia

    So close! Just one more pass to hand and the Pumas would be in... but it dribbles agonisingly to the floor.

    It was a lovely shuffling, side-stepping break from Santiago Cordero - a neat offload to Juan Martin Hernandez - but El Mago is snared by Bernard Foley.

    He flips the ball out towards Joaquin Tuculet. The full-back would have had a stroll in, but the ball is wide of his hands and to the deck.

  82. Argentina 9-19 Australia

    Marcelo Bosch for Argentina

    Argentina are finishing the half well.

    Marcelo Bosch makes yards. Leonardo Senatore rumbles on. They are up to the Aussie 22m.

  83. Argentina 9-19 Australia

    Sin-bin period over as Argentina are restored to their full complement by the return of Tomas Lavanini from the sin-bin.

    Three minutes to half-time.

  84. Penalty - Sanchez

    Argentina 9-19 Australia

    Nicolas Sanchez scores a penalty

    Prop Sekope Kepu encroaches at the line-out around halfway. Was there a bit of back-chat?

    Wayne Barnes marches another 10 metres to bring it within range. Nicolas Sanchez pops it over to keep the Pumas just about in touch.

  85. Argentina 6-19 Australia

    It is defcon one for Argentina at the moment.

    They are a man down and the Aussies are tearing strips off them in attack.

    They have to batten down, make it to half-time and plot the revolution from there.

  86. Post update

    Jonathan Davies

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

    "They get the numbers on the left and then the money ball is a beauty from Giteau. It's the right ball but they had extra men everywhere. They work the overlap and then have the class to finish it off."

  87. Try - Ashley-Cooper

    Argentina 6-19 Australia

    Adam Ashley Cooper scores for Australia

    Australia sniff the gap and ruthlessly exploit the under-staffed Argentina defence.

    Matt Giteau slings a perfectly calibrated mis-pass wide and Adam Ashley-Cooper does not have to even break stride as he steams into the corner.

    One silver lining for Argentina is Bernard Foley's horribly screwed conversion attempt.

  88. Argentina 6-14 Australia

    Argentina defending bravely with 14, but there is space out wide...

  89. Replacement

    Argentina 6-14 Australia

    Agustin Creevy leaves the field

    Argentina lose another key man - this time to injury.

    Captain and hooker Agustin Creevy is off and fresh-faced Julian Montoya is on.

  90. Pocock the menace

    Argentina 6-14 Australia

  91. Argentina 6-14 Australia

    Marcelo Bosch hands off

    Cheers from the Twickenham crowd who are fast massing behind Argentina.

    The Aussies have infringed as they try and roll a maul around the front end of the line-out.

    Scrum down Argentina. And Wayne Barnes upgrades that to a penalty as the Pumas turn the screw at the set-piece.

    Argentina are winning that particular battle.

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  93. Spoiling the breakdown

    Argentina 6-14 Australia

    Every superlative in the dictionary has been used to describe the impact of Australian back-row pair Michael Hooper and David Pocock during this tournament. And here's why. Hooper is already leading the tackle count today with five, while Pocock - dubbed the thieving jackal of the Aussie pack - has already nabbed two turnovers.

  94. Game's gone?

    Argentina 6-14 Australia

    Former England captain Will Carling has shared his opinion on Tomas Lavanini's yellow card...

  95. Argentina 6-14 Australia

    Australia have a kickable penalty, but they sense a chance to go for the jugular with the Pumas a key line-out forward down.

    They go for the corner rather than the posts... 

  96. 'Pathetic decision'

    Jonathan Davies

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

    Wayne Barnes gestures

    "No no no come on. Wayne Barnes, that is a pathetic decision. Absolutely ludicrous. This is a World Cup semi - not a park game. The fall out of that could be the end of this game as a spectacle."

  97. Sin-bin

    Argentina 6-14 Australia

    Tomas Lavanini sent to the sin bin

    Argentina second row Tomas Lavanini is off for a 10-minute sit-down.

    I think he is a little unlucky. He has sent Israel Folau tumbling nose over toe by charging shoulder first into the Australia full-back's shins.

    It looks dangerous, but the lock looked like he was trying to wrap the arm and was probably just thankful to make any contact at all with speedster Folau.

    Argentina down to 14 and a big 10 minutes to come.

  98. Penalty - Sanchez

    Argentina 6-14 Australia

    Over she blows.

    Nicolas Sanchez strokes his kicks like Blofeld strokes his cat - with love, care and a hint of menace.

    The gap is down to eight.

  99. Argentina 3-14 Australia

    Take that Mario.

    Argentina draw first blood at scrum time as Ramiro Herrera cleaves through James Slipper, popping his opposite number skywards.

    Penalty Argentina and they are going to kick it...

  100. Post update

    Jonathan Davies

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

    "For the sake of the game we want an Argentina try. But for all their attacking options they haven't really threatened - apart from Bosch's break. It's two opportunities well taken by Australia and they look the most threatening with ball in hand."

  101. Action areas

    Argentina 3-14 Australia

    Argentina have been holding on to the ball more than their Australian opponents in the opening 20 minutes - but that is the match in a nutshell. The Argentines have coughed up possession too easily, with the ruthless Wallabies punishing them.

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  102. Argentina 3-14 Australia

    Australia steal!

    Nothing going for the Pumas at the moment as Agustin Creevy's throw is spilled off the top. 

    Argentina finally get their hands on it, but the Pumas are all too upright to get the drive going.

    Held up and it is scrum Australia.

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  104. Argentina 3-14 Australia

    Argentina boot up to within five metres of the Australia line from a penalty.

    An airborne Bernard Foley looks like he has clawed the ball back into play, but the officials award the line-out the Pumas' way.

  105. Post update

    Jonathan Davies

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

    "You can't get isolated by Pocock. You know he's going to be the first man at the breakdown, you just need to clear him. He is absolutely immense - his timing of the jackal and his angles of running are so destructive."

  106. Argentina 3-14 Australia

    David Pocock is already making every breakdown into a royal rumble of a wrestle.

    The Australia number eight secures a precious turnover right where it matters - in the shadow of his own sticks.

  107. Replacement

    Argentina 3-14 Australia

    More trouble for Argentina.

    Flying wing Juan Imhoff is off for a head examination. Lucas Ambrosino is on in his place.

  108. Argentina 3-14 Australia

    Marcelo Bosch of Argentina

    Great work from Marcelo Bosch.

    The Pumas centre is not the quickest, but he is a crafty breakdown operator and he earns Argentina a penalty up in the Aussie half as he gets over the top of the tackled Israel Folau.

  109. Argentina 3-14 Australia

    A lovely piece of high-wire walking from Santiago Cordero in defence as he fields a kick into the Puma's backfield and, with his back to the chasing Aussies, sells the on-rushing Adam Ashley-Cooper an audacious dummy.

    Classy and something for the Pumas fans to cheer.

  110. "Every team's nightmare"

    Argentina 3-14 Australia

    England and Northampton Saints full-back Ben Foden showing some sympathy for Argentina right now...

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  112. Post update

    Jonathan Davies

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

    "Both teams are looking for the numbers and that extra man on the outside. There have been opportunities for both sides, but Australia have taken theirs."

  113. Rapid Wallabies

    Argentina 3-14 Australia

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  114. Argentina 3-14 Australia

    Australia are giving Argentina a taste of the medicine the Pumas dished out to Ireland last weekend.

    Their lightning start continues as Tevita Kuridrani makes big yards in midfield.

    The Pumas are looking very leaky in defence. Diego Maradona is drinking deeply of something comforting.

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  116. Ashley-Cooper up to third

    Argentina 3-14 Australia

  117. Argentina 3-14 Australia

    I would think the All Blacks are enjoying watching this.

    Neither side looks watertight in defence.

  118. "Delicious"

    Argentina 3-14 Australia

    Wales and Gloucester back James Hook enjoyed that Australia try...

  119. Post update

    Jonathan Davies

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

    "It's a beautiful pass - they've read the blitz defence. It's a long ball over the top and it's just about reading the opposition. It's a very narrow defence and one pass beats the lot of them."

  120. Converted try - Ashley-Cooper

    Argentina 3-14 Australia

    Bernard Foley converts

    It all comes from a fluffed tap and go from Martin Landajo.

    Australia punish the Puma scrum-half's knock-on with a rock-solid scrum, a switch of direction in the backline and Bernard Foley's looping mis-pass to Adam Ashley-Cooper.

    He scampers into the corner and Foley lands the extras from a testing angle.

    It is a long way back already for the Argentines.

  121. More round-ball support for Pumas

    Argentina 3-7 Australia

    West Ham’s Argentine striker Mauro Zarate, fresh from scoring the opener in Saturday’s win 2-1 over Chelsea, hopes to complete a memorable sporting weekend at Twickenham.

    He'll be delighted the Pumas are on the board after that shaky start.

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  123. Post update

    Jonathan Davies

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

    "It's a shame Joaquin Tuculet wasn't on Bosch's shoulder because that would have been an easy try. I think Pocock over read it, although it's a brilliant move from Argentina. Unfortunately there is nobody in support."

  124. Penalty - Sanchez

    Argentina 3-7 Australia

    Nicolas Sanchez strokes the ball over and the way they carved through the Wallabies to set it up will give them massive encouragement.

  125. Argentina 0-7 Australia

    Australia stem the bleeding. Marcelo Bosch is dragged down by a superb cover tackle by Bernard Foley and the green and gold flood back to prevent the quick recycle.

    But only at the expense of a penalty...

  126. Argentina 0-7 Australia

    Israel Folau battles for the ball

    This is as open as we had hoped.

     Both sides have brought their sense of adventure. 

    Marcelo Bosch comes flying through a huge gap in midfield.

    Pulled down just short by Bernard Foley. Breathless stuff.

  127. Post update

    Jonathan Davies

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

    "They've both come to play, haven't they? That's well read by Simmons, it's a brilliant take. It's dangerous play from Sanchez, but it's a wonderful intercept."

  128. Converted try - Simmons

    Argentina 0-7 Australia

    Rob Simmons scores for Australia

    Disaster for the Pumas!

    Just 67 seconds on the clock on the clock when Aussie second row Rob Simmons banks on Nicolas Sanchez's pass and nabs the off-load.

    Off he gallops under the sticks for an interception try from 40 metres out and Bernard Foley makes no mistake with the extras.

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  130. Kick-off

    Argentina 0-0 Australia

    Referee Wayne Barnes puts lips to whistle.

    Juan Martin Hernandez puts boot to ball with a reverse kick-off to the backs.

    That has been gathered safely by Israel Folau.

  131. Cry for me Argentina...

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    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Will there be more tears shed from Argentina's players when the national anthem is played?

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    Quote Message: We are very emotional people and we have that in our DNA. That’s not enough if you playing against Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. You also have to play really well. We played really well against New Zealand for 60 minutes but they stepped it up. To make history Argentina have to win the next game." from Agustin Pichot Argentina 2007 semi-finalist
    Agustin PichotArgentina 2007 semi-finalist
  132. Anthems

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    It is lucky that these Argentine forwards are built like brick outhouses.

    There are some big, big emotions rattling around in the Pumas bellies at anthem time and it takes all their restraint to keep the tears at bay.

    The Aussies respond with a version of Advance Australia Fair that is high on volume, low on tune.

    We're ready.

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  134. Teams out

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    Players run on to the pitch

    Horns locked, backs slapped and instructions bellowed in the  Argentina dressing room as the Pumas feel friendly human contact for one final time before heading over the top.

    Out come the two teams into watery autumn sunshine, amid stirring strings and crackling pyrotechnics.

    Twickenham a picture, the stage is set.

  135. Post update

    Jonathan Davies

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

    "Nicolas Sanchez is the player who's impressed me more than anyone for Argentina. He gets the timing right on when you move it. I think they will target the Australian scrum, but if they have the opportunities, they now have the ability and confidence to go wide."

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  137. Post update

    Jonathan Davies

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

    "This one is very special. Everyone expects Australia to play as better than they did against Scotland. David Pocock is back - and Israel Folau, who has had a quiet World Cup; today could be the day for that player, he is world class."

  138. 5 live sports extra coverage

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    You can get across the 5 live sport extra commentary by clicking on the audio icon at the top of this page.

    If you have, for some reason, to play it super-subtle keeping up with the score this afternoon, then may I suggest our Rugby World Cup alerts.

  139. Pumas ready to party

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    BBC Sport's Sonja McLaughlan has found some impressive wigs among the Argentina faithful.

  140. Ledesma's split loyalties

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    Mario Lesdesma

    It won't just be the Windsors who have played out some serious split family loyalties at Twickenham during this tournament.

    Spare a thought for the Ledesma clan.

    Mario was a keystone of the Argentina front row at the 1999, 2003 and 2007 World Cups.

    Come 2015 though and he is the coach who has whipped the Wallaby scrum into shape, perhaps fatally undermining his country's hopes of a first World Cup final.

    Australia head coach Michael Cheika has given him licence to blast out the Argentine anthem though, perhaps hoping that gets the patriotism out of his system pre kick-off.

    "I want him to love that. He’s still very proud and I wouldn’t expect him to be any other way,” said Cheika.

    Prince Harry and Prince William
  141. Celeb fan watch

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    Maradona may have got in early for Argentina. Hugh Jackman sent his support to the Wallabies a whole 48 hours before kick-off. 

    True fact: One of Jackman's co-stars in the X-Men series is Daniel Cudmore, younger brother of Canada captain Jamie.

  142. Maradona in his seat

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    Confirmation from the great man himself... Diego Maradona is lending his considerable sporting weight to the Pumas efforts today and is installed in a Twickenham executive box.

    While Simply Red's Mick Hucknall appeared on the in-stadium television screen, he took the chance to pose with friends and post this snap to his Facebook page.

    Diego Maradona
  143. History boys?

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    Quote Message: In 2007 we didn’t know what we were doing and suddenly we were in a semi-final. This Argentina team wants to do something much greater than what we did and they can achieve that against Australia." from Agustin Pichot Captain of Argentina team which finished third in 2007
    Agustin PichotCaptain of Argentina team which finished third in 2007
  144. Tired Wallabies?

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    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Australia
    Quote Message: Australia took Scotland a little bit for granted in the quarter-final but you have to look at the three matches they played before that. They had a big game against Wales, before that it was England, six days earlier Uruguay. The big challenge for the Wallabies is how they reignite this team. How are they going to refresh them?” from Tim Horan Former Australia centre
    Tim HoranFormer Australia centre
  145. 'Wallabies slight favourites'

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    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Can the Wallabies reach their first final since 2003?

    Quote Message: The Wallabies are slight favourites but when you look at how good Argentina were against Ireland they are going to be very hard to beat. Australia only just I think." from Tim Horan Former Australia centre
    Tim HoranFormer Australia centre
  146. 'Pumas can cause upset'

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    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    Argentina
    Quote Message: Argentina remind us of how France used to play. If they turn that individual flare and culture on I do truly believe they have a chance.”
  147. Turnover thief-in-chief

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    David Pocock has won more turnovers (10) than any other player going into the semi-final stage of this year’s event, despite playing just 219 minutes.

    David Pocock
  148. Australia team news

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    Key pair David Pocock and Israel Folau return to the Wallabies side after missing last week's quarter-final win over Scotland.

    Number eight Pocock (calf) and full-back Folau (ankle) have been declared fit to play after a full-contact training session on Friday.

    Prop Scott Sio (elbow) is replaced by James Slipper.

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    Replacements: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Toby Smith, Greg Holmes, Dean Mumm, Ben McCalman, Nick Phipps, Matt Toomua, Kurtley Beale.

  149. Sanchez on the mark

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    Nicolas Sanchez (26/30 – 87%) has the best goal kicking rate of any player left in the tournament to have taken five or more shots at goal (Juan Pablo Socino has kicked 4/4).

    Nicolas Sanchez
  150. Argentina team news

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    Argentina make one change from the quarter-final victory over Ireland, Marcelo Bosch returning in place of Matias Moroni at centre.

    Saracens centre Bosch missed the 43-20 win after serving a one-week ban for a dangerous tackle against Namibia on 11 October.

    Captain Agustin Creevy has passed a fitness test following a leg injury.

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    Replacements: Julian Montoya, Lucas Noguera, Juan Figallo, Matias Alemanno, Facundo Isa, Tomas Cubelli, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino.  

  151. Team news

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    Right, the two teams are stretching muscles and snipping tape.

    Time for a run-down of the two matchday 23s.

  152. McCaw in the clear?

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    Francois Louw

    This match is vying with an old favourite for supremacy on the back pages of the newspapers down under - the legality or otherwise of Mr R McCaw.

    The All Black skipper took a roundabout route around a ruck during their semi-final win over South Africa and appeared to catch Springbok flanker Francois Louw with a stray elbow.

    But when the Sydney Morning Herald is leaping to defend McCaw against a possible ban for the final, you know something is up.

    And it looks like the whole thing is a storm in a social-media World Cup. 

    ITV Sport have given the footage the full forensic examination and McCaw clips Louw with his hip rather than his elbow. Louw's cut to the head is sustained a few minutes later in an accidental clash with Kieran Reed's elbow. 

  153. Try time?

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    Long gone are the days when Argentina were all force and no finesse. Los Pumas still have plenty of brute force, but have now injected flair and finishing into their back-line.

    This has been clearly evident during this World Cup as only New Zealand - having played a game more - have scored more tries.

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    Juan Imhoff - their flyer on the flank - has helped himself to five of those, sticking him joint-second in the individual charts alongside Bryan Habana, Nehe Milner-Skudder and Gareth Davies.

    But he will need a hat-trick against the Wallabies to move level with All Blacks wing Julian Savea today....

    Julian Savea
  154. Blue skies, golden sun

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    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer at Twickenham

    Beautiful afternoon for sparkling rugby, sky the colour of Argentina blue and sun an Aussie gold.

    Twickenham
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  156. Game face ready

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    Retired lock Nathan Sharpe has checked in on Adam Ashley-Cooper, as the Australia back prepares for Sunday's semi-final....

  157. Attack, attack, attack!

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    Dynamic. Smart. Skilful. Jeremy Guscott - our resident rugby union expert - has not been shy in lauding the Argentine attack. And wait - there's more...

    "The Pumas are on fire, playing with no inhibition and massive ambition," says the former England centre in his latest column.

    And here's the statistical reasoning. Argentina are only second to New Zealand in the tables clocking the most tries, clean breaks and metres made, while beating more defenders than any other side.

    Australia, who have faced tougher opposition, have not been quite so potent...

    Argentina v AustraliaAttack, attack, attack!
  158. Spirits are high

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    Former England and Harlequins back Ugo Monye has snapped some Argentina fans making a tower out of a popular alcoholic Australian beverage. 

    Guess you can let your loyalties slip when there's beer involved, eh lads?

  159. Giteau's gameplay

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    Ever wondered how the world's best players prepare for a big game? By replicating the match on an old-school computer game of course.

    Earlier this week, Wallabies centre Matt Giteau dusted off his childhood console and fired up that 1990s classic 'Jonah Lomu Rugby'. Kids these days don't even know they are born...

    However, Giteau did not reveal the final score in his own rehearsal of today's match. Maybe he was digging in like a demented mole*...

    * That was one of the random lines of commentary provided by Bill McLaren for those not familiar with the game

  160. Argentina v Australia - round two

    Fifa page

    This is not even the first Argentine-Aussie sporting meeting of the day.

    Over in Chile at the under-17 football World Cup the two nations clashed earlier. 

    The result was a 2-1 win for the Aussie underdogs. Read into that what you will. 

  161. Bulldozered in Mendoza

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    The good news for the Pumas? 

    One of those six wins was a little over a year ago when Argentina recovered from 14-0 down to win their first ever match in the Rugby Championship with a 21-17 win over the Wallabies in Mendoza

    The less good news?

    The two teams met exactly three months ago, again in Mendoza. This time the Wallabies ran in four unanswered tries to record a 34-9 win.

    The two teams seem to get on pretty well together. The two teams huddled up after that most recent result in a show of mutual respect.

    Argentina and Australia huddle up
  162. Previous meetings

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    The stats don't make good reading for the Pumas.

    They have played Australia 24 times, winning on five occasions, drawing one and losing 18.

    Australia v New Zealand head-to-head
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    Wyre - the BBC's South America correspondent - losing his head there in the excitement. We will be strictly impartial on this live text.

  164. 'Madness'

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    BBC Radio 5 Live

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    Quote Message: It's madness in Argentina right now. The country is mad about football but when the Rugby World Cup is played people turn from every background to watch. People are completely mad for this semi-final. During the tournament they have been celebrating before and after games... it's wonderful." from Agustin Pichot Argentina 2007 World Cup semi-finalist
    Agustin PichotArgentina 2007 World Cup semi-finalist
  165. Wakey, wakey Australia

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    This is your 90 minute warning.

    It is between 22:30ish Sunday night and 01:30ish Monday morning in the land of Oz.

    Never mind missing brain, heart or courage, there will be some Aussies at work having done without their usual eight hours kip.

  166. Maradona in the house?

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    Oh, Augustin of little faith.

    It looks like the Hand of God is gracing Twickenham's posh seats already, a full hour and a half before game time.

    Maybe the lure of some quality buffet got the World Cup winner down to south-west London a little earlier than expected.

  167. Will Maradona be at Twickenham?

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    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Will Diego Maradona grace Twickenham with his presence?. The Argentina football legend was spotted cheering on his country's rugby heroes at Leicester City's ground when the Pumas overcame Tonga earlier this month.

    Quote Message: I spoke to Diego on Wednesday. He was looking to see if he could make it to the semi-final. I know he had some meetings to attend but knowing him he'll probably arrive five minutes before kick-off and say 'Where are you? I want to go to the dressing room'." from Agustin Pichot 2007 World Cup semi-finalist
    Agustin Pichot2007 World Cup semi-finalist
    Diego Maradona
  168. Hanging with Mr Cooper

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    Quade Cooper is on water-boy duties today, left out of the match-day 23.

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  170. 'All together now'

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    Arm-in-arm embraces. Puffed-out chests. Quivering-lipped singing. And plenty of tears. Sounds like the funeral service of a lost loved one, but it was actually the scene at Cardiff last week when the Argentina players belted out their national anthem prior to their win over Ireland.

    And the front page of Ole, an Argentine national daily sports newspaper, is encouraging the entire country to clear their throats and blast out their national ditty today.

    "We sing together!" screams the headline. (That Spanish GCSE proves useful at times like this.)

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  171. New BBC Sport app

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    BBC Sport app

    Even if you don't know your Pampas from your Patagonia, today might be a good day to refresh your mobile or tablet with a new app.

    The new BBC Sport app is more personalised than a French wing's favourite boots. You can pick the teams and sports that matter to you so that the stories you want to read float to the top of the pile every time.

    Read more about it here and spruce up your Android and IOS devices today.

  172. A scarf of two halves

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    It is not just the BBC Radio 5 live guys who are setting out their stall early doors for this one.

    The strictly unofficial merchandise vendors have been on site at England Rugby HQ since early morning.

    For two-time champions, five-time semi-finallists Australia this is all a little old hat.

    For Argentina, who have reached this stage just once before and never been beyond it, this is the sort of day to mark with a new scarf. 

    Scarves
  173. Twickenham prepares (again)

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    The BBC Radio Five live crew are up and at em' at Twickenham to bring you live coverage of Sunday's second semi-final from 15:45 GMT.

  174. Settle down and strap in

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    Adam Ashley-Cooper

    Yesterday, Twickenham reverberated like a sheet metal works.

    Two of the game's superpowers bashed lumps out of each other, fighting tooth, nail and elbow over a disputed territory of just a few points.

    Today - after New Zealand's 20-18 win over South Africa - expect something less industrial.

    Argentina v Australia is more light sabre than cudgel, brain rather than brawn, an afternoon of polishing diamonds rather than shoving coal.

    Make yourself comfy, I think you are going to enjoy this one.