FIFA World Cup 2014: Penalties are All About Luck, Says Argentina Hero Sergio Romero

Before Wednesday's FIFA World Cup 2014 semifinal against the Netherlands which Argentina won 4-2 on penalties, goalkeeping hero Sergio Romero's place in the Argentine team was the subject of debate going into the tournament after he spent almost all of the last season on the substitutes' bench at French Ligue 1 club Monaco.

updated: July 10, 2014 16:12 IST
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Argentina's midfielder Maxi Rodriguez (front) and Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero 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.


Sao Paulo: Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero said he had luck on his side when he blocked two Dutch penalties on Wednesday to take his country into the World Cup final.

"Penalties are all about luck, that is the reality. I had confidence and thanks to God it turned out well," he said after the 4-2 penalty shootout triumph over the Netherlands that decided the semi-final. (Highlights)

The 27-year-old Romero blocked shots by Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder to Argentina to victory after a goalless 120 minutes at the Corinthians Arena. Argentina now clash with Germany in Sunday's final in Rio de Janeiro.

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