Argentina's team celebrate after winning their FIFA World Cup semi-final match against the Netherlands in a penalty shoot-out following extra time at The Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN)
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Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved two penalties in a shootout with the Netherlands Wednesday to take his country through to the World Cup final for the first time since 1990 .Lionel Messi's Argentina beat the Dutch 4-2 in a penalty shootout after their cagey semifinal in Sao Paulo finished goalless. Although reserve goalkeeper Tim Krul had saved two penalties in Holland's shootout success against Costa Rica in the quarterfinals, coach Louis van Gaal kept faith in Jasper Cillessen this time.Romero's saves from Vlaar and Sneijder put Argentina in a commanding position and with Messi, Ezequiel Garay and Sergio Aguero all scoring, it was left to Maxi Rodriguez to dispatch the spot-kick that sent Argentina into the final. Palacio and Maxi Rodriguez both squandered chances late in extra time for Argentina, but thanks to Romero, it mattered not.
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