Argentina Withstands the Netherlands in a Shootout

Argentina beat Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout to reach the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. For Argentina, Lionel Messi, Ezequiel Garay and Sergio Aguero confidently punched their shots into the net. The decisive attempt, by Maxi Rodriguez, was deflected, but it hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced into the net.

updated: July 10, 2014 11:02 IST
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Argentine players celebrate after winning the penalty shootout in the 2014 FIFA World Cup semifinal vs Netherlands.


Sao Paulo: Regulation and overtime brought 120 minutes of scoreless exasperation in a World Cup semifinal on Wednesday that was by turns tense, cautious, clumsy, gripping and stubbornly unyielding.

There was little space to move, few chances to score. Sometimes the match was as dreary as the misty evening chill. If it possessed any beauty, it was not in gracefulness but in stark, struggling exertion.

And finally, when grind and strain and labor could not bring a resolution, whimsy and caprice did. Argentina defeated the Netherlands by 4-2 on penalty kicks and advanced to Sunday's final against Germany. (Highlights)

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