Argentina beat Netherlands on penalties in World Cup

  • 10 July 2014
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Netherlands 0-0 Argentina (2-4 pens)

Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties and go through to face Germany in Sunday's World Cup final in Rio.

The two sides played out an uneventful 90 minutes and with the match remaining goalless after extra time, the game went to a shootout.

Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder both had their spot kicks saved by Argentina keeper Sergio Romero, and Maxi Rodriguez scored to send Argentina through.

Argentina have reached their first World Cup final since 1990.

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Argentina fans pack into Copacabana beach

Match facts

  • The Netherlands have lost both of their semi-final shootouts (the first coming v Brazil in 1998).
  • Arjen Robben attempted just one pass in the first half against Argentina.
  • Lionel Messi did not touch the ball in the Dutch penalty area during the 120 minutes.
  • Argentina have progressed from all four of their World Cup semi-finals.
  • Seven of the 14 knockout games at this tournament have gone to extra time, the most since 1990 (eight).
  • This was the first World Cup semi-final to end goalless (including extra time).