Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Netherlands vs. Argentina, 2014 World Cup: Albiceleste sneak through on penalties

Argentina and the Netherlands played for penalties for most of their game, but this time, the Oranje didn't save a sub for a goalkeeper swap. It backfired, as Jasper Cillessen failed to make a save and Argentina won the shootout.

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Sergio Romero, Argentina's hero

Argentina and the Netherlands went to penalties, and the goalkeepers were the difference. Jasper Cillessen, who has never saved a penalty, was left in for the Oranje despite being subbed out before their last shootout. Again, he failed to save a penalty. The same cannot be said for Argentina's Sergio Romero.

This was how he reacted after the second of his two saves, after denying Wesley Sneijder:

Well deserved.

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Argentina clinch penalty victory

Argentina will play Germany in the final after eliminating the Netherlands on penalty kicks.

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Penalties, updating live

Final: Argentina advance to World Cup Final on PKs

Argentina and the Netherlands require penalties to determine who reaches the World Cup final, and they've been playing for them for quite some time. They finished 120 minutes of soccer tied 0-0, and there were very few scoring chances on both ends.

During their last game, against Costa Rica, the Netherlands made a tactical goalkeeper switch at the end of extra time. Regular keeper Jasper Cillesen has never saved a penalty, so they put Tim Krul into the game. But the Oranje made all three of their substitutions early, so they're not going to be able to make that switch again.

As a reminder, penalties are best of five, and completed when one team is no longer mathematically able to beat the other in five rounds of penalties. If the teams are tied after five rounds, they go to sudden death, where each team takes a penalty until one team scores and the other misses in the same round.

This page will update each time a penalty is taken. Refresh for updated results.

Penalties

Ron Vlaar MISSES for the Netherlands, saved
Lionel Messi SCORES for Argentina
Arjen Robben SCORES for the Netherlands
Ezequiel Garay SCORES for Argentina
Wesley Sneijder MISSES for the Netherlands, saved
Sergio Aguero SCORES for Argentina
Dirk Kuyt SCORES for the Netherlands
Maxi Rodriguez SCORES for Argentina

Argentina defeats the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties.

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BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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The closest we've gotten to a goal so far

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Sure, clear the ball while holding your shoe

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The only first half #NED #ARG highlight

Cool first half.

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Garay got kicked in the face; is okay

Amazingly, he's okay.

Owwwwwww.

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The Pope is at the World Cup

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Netherlands vs. Argentina: Lineups

The Netherlands and Argentina meet for the right to face Germany. Here's the lineups for both teams.

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How to watch Netherlands vs. Argentina online

Either the Dutch or Argentina will earn a place in Sunday's final. Find out how to watch the match online.

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Can Argentina stop Robben and make the final?

With a win Wednesday, the Netherlands would advance into their second consecutive World Cup Final.

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