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2014 World Cup: Argentina scrape through to reach final

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In one of the least entertaining games of the World Cup, an equally matched Argentinian side managed to overcome the Netherlands after a penalty shootout.

Argentina reached their first World Cup final since 1990 after a dull goalless draw, and with no team taking advantage in extra time, the game was decided in penalties with Argentina winning 4-2.

During the 120 minutes there was very little action on goal with both sides playing compactly and defending very well. However, towards the last 15 minutes of the game it was the Netherlands who looked more likely to score with Robben coming close on more than one occasion.

With penalties looming, Holland were looking to replace Jasper Cillessen with Tim Krul, whose penalty saving heroics against Costa Rica put them through into the semi-finals, however, with all three substitutes already used up the job of saving Dutch penalties was left to Jasper Cillessen, who has never saved a penalty in his professional career. 

With Ron Vlaar missing Holland’s first penalty the pressure was on. Messi, Robben and Garay all scored their next penalties putting the Argentinians 2-1 up. Things got worse when Wesley Sneijder’s penalty was saved by one of Argentina’s heroes of the night, goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

Successful penalties from Sergio Agüero, Dirk Kuyt and finally Maxi Rodríguez secured the Argentinians progression to the final, setting up a rematch of the 1990 & 1984 World Cup finals against a strong German side, who humiliated host nation Brazil 7-1 to earn the chance of claiming their third title.

Ahmad Yousef is a proud Egyptian football fanatic who started playing football at a young age and was scouted for Ipswich Town. A hardcore Tottenham Hotspur fan and Zamalek supporter by blood, Ahmad mainly follows European football involving Egyptian players and the Egyptian national team. Ahmad’s love for Egyptian players abroad is what initially spurred him into writing. He now writes regularly and is also an editor at KingFut.com.

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