Argentina, Dutch, goalless at half-time
Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi (C) gestures during the semi-final football match between Netherlands and Argentina of the FIFA World Cup at The Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014 - by Nelson Almeida
In a cagey initial period, Lionel Messi had an early freekick denied by Dutch keeper Jasper Cillessen while Sergio Romero, his opposite number, punched away two efforts at the other end.
Argentina had a scare when Javier Mascherano clashed heads with Georginio Wijnaldum but the Barcelona midfielder soldiered on after a short time out on the sidelines.
The kick-off was preceded by applause for Real Madrid's Argentine-born great Alfredo Di Stefano, who died aged 88 on Monday.
The winner faces Germany in Sunday's final in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium.