Argentina will play Germany in Sunday final at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. That means Brazilians will have to watch their fiercest rivals play for the world title in their most hallowed stadium, bringing the country World Cup to an extra bitter end.
Argentina avances on penalties against the Netherlands
on penalties after the match ended 0 0 after extra time. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Romero thought to be a weak link in this Nike Shoes Green And White Argentine team and not even a starter for his Monaco club most of last season blocked penalties by Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder. For Argentina, Lionel Messi, Ezequiel Garay, Sergio Aguero and Maxi Rodriguez all converted their spot kicks.
SAO PAULO (AP) Goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved two penalties Wednesday to send Argentina into the World Cup final with a 4 2 shootout win over the Netherlands after the game finished in a 0 0 stalemate.
Argentina Maxi Rodriguez celebrates after scoring the winning kick during a shootout at the end of the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Argentina won 4 Nike Shoes Tumblr 2017
Many of Argentina players stripped off their shirts in the rain at the Itaquerao Stadium and danced in front of their fans.
It was the second straight penalty shootout followinga 0 0 draw for the Dutch. Against Costa Rica in the quarterfinals, coach Louis van Gaal brought on substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul in the last seconds of extra time to replace Jasper Cillessen and Krul saved two efforts.
The young Ajax goalkeeper got a hand to Rodriguez decisive powerful shot, but could only deflect it into the roof of the net, and then collapsed onto his back in the goal. Krul walked across the pitch to console him and Van Gaal later gave him a pat on the back of the head.
by the end of extra time and Cillessen had to face the shootout.
A day after Germany lit up the World Cup with its clinical 7 1 destruction of host Brazil, the Netherlands and Argentina could not manage a goal between them in 120 minutes before the shootout.
Argentina, a two time World Cup winner, reached its fifth final, and its first in 24 years. It won the title in 1978 and 1986 and lost the championship matches in 1930 and 1990. It played West Germany in both the and finals.
This time, Van Gaal had used up all three substitutions Nike Shoes Galaxy Print
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