Mascherano and his team-mates knocked Louis van Gaal's side out of the World Cup on penalties, with their semi-final finishing goalless after 120 minutes.
A cagey affair, the clash might not have impressed many neutrals, though it was the perfect stage for a defensive midfielder like Mascherano to shine.
On a night when many were expecting Lionel Messi or Arjen Robben to steal the show, 30-year-old Mascherano was one of the best players on the pitch.
The Argentine had enjoyed a strong World Cup showing in the lead up to the last four - and Opta stats show that Lineker wasn't wrong to offer Mascherano his compliments.
|Team||Pos||Tackles Won||Interceptions Won||Accurate Passes||Pass Accuracy (%)||Apps||Mins|
Against the Dutch, the ex-Liverpool midfielder won four tackles, three interceptions and completed 84% of his passes.
But, while that passing accuracy may not be the most impressive, the amount of accurate passes he completed (74) was the second-highest total of anyone across both World Cup semi-finals.
Next up for Mascherano and his countrymen are Germany in the final - the side that just thumped hosts Brazil 7-1 in the last four. No pressure, Javier...