“Luck” carries Argentine into WC finals
from LUIZ CAMPOS in Corinthians, Brazil
CORINTHIANS – FOLLOWING a goalless draw in both regulation and extra-times, Argentina needed luck from goalkeper Sergio Romero to save two penalties against Netherlands before scrapping into the 2014 FIFA World Cup final scheduled for Sunday.
Argentina beat Holland 4-2 in penalty-shootout while Netherlands rued the missed chances in the dying stages of the 90-minute regulation time.
Argentine is now meeting three-time champions Germany in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday in the World Cup final expected to be a thriller.
As Argentine goalkeeper Romero rightly put it: “Penalties are a question of luck, that’s the reality. I had confidence in myself and, fortunately, everything turned out well.”
Romero had earlier on saved two spot-kicks from Netherlands defender Ron Vlaar before stopping yet another penalty from Wesley Sneijder sending thousands of Argentine supporters into wild celebrations.
Putting icing on the cake was Argentina substitute Maxi Rodriguez, who rifled home the winning penalty beating an otherwise dependable Dutch goalminder Jasper Cillessen with a roof top.
Other scorers for Argentine comprise captain fantastic Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Maxi Rodriguez. – CAJ News
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