Argentina vs Netherlands semi-final penalty shootout - As it happened

  • HT Correspondent and Agencies, Sao Paulo
  • Updated: Jul 10, 2014 15:40 IST

Argentina reached their first World Cup final in 24 years on Wednesday, beating the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties after the first scoreless semi in the tournament's history, with old foes Germany awaiting them in Sunday's showpiece.

Here is a blow-by-blow account of how the penalties proceeded.

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Netherlands (NED): Ron Vlaar

SAVED!

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Vlaar keeps it low, but Romero judges it right and dives to his left to save the first penalty of the day.



NED 0-0 ARG Argentina (ARG) : Lionel Messi



GOAL!

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The captain steps up to the challenge and coolly slots the ball over Cillessen.



NED 0-1 ARG

NED: Arjen Robben

GOAL!

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Robben lands the ball into the bottom right corner as Romero dives in the wrong direction.



NED 1-1 ARG ARG: Garay

GOAL!




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He smashes the ball into the roof of the net. Cillessen has no chance.



NED 1-2 ARG NED: Sneijder

SAVED!


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Romero comes up with his second save as he springs to his right to keep the shot out.



NED 1-2 ARG

ARG: Aguero
GOAL!

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Cillessen judges it correctly and dives towards his right, but he is a millisecond late as the ball whizzes past him into the net.



NED 1-3 ARG NED: Dirk Kuyt

GOAL!






Now this is experience. He steps up and fires the ball into the right corner with ease.



NED 2-3 ARG



ARG: Maxi Rodriguez

GOAL!
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Rodriguez scoring puts Argentina into the finals.



NED 2-4 ARG

( All photos from AFP, AP, REUTERS)

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