Argentina prevails in penalties, advances to final

Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates scoring his team's second goal and his second of the game during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Nigeria and Argentina at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 25, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Credit: Getty Images
Messi did his job in Wednesday’s final, scoring on his penalty kick attempt. Credit: Getty Images

The drama never seems to subside as the World Cup finally has its final two. Argentina outlasted the Netherlands after a 0-0 stalemate led to penalty kicks and an Argentinian victory, 4-2.

It wasn’t the shooters in the shootout who solidified Argentina’s victory, it was their goalkeeper Sergio Romero who saved two shots off the feet of Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder respectively to clinch the victory.

Four from South Americans, Lionel Messi, Ezequiel Garay, Sergio Aguero and Maxi Rodrigue scored on their penalty kicks after the first 120 minutes contained very little offense and was not enough to decide the match’s outcome.

Argentina heads to its fifth World Cup final but its first in 24 years.

The Netherlands will take on Brazil for third place bragging rights in a match to be played Saturday.



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