Argentina eliminates the Netherlands in penalties, goalkeeper Romero turns hero

09/07/2014 - 21:00
Albiceleste celebrates independence day with first final match in 24 years

Argentina is in the final match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, and the country has found a new national hero on its own independence day: goalkeeper Romero. After a highly combative encounter lacking in major scoring opportunities, he saved two penalty shots from the Dutch during the shootout and was largely responsible for bringing the South Americans to a World Cup final match after 24 years of wait.

Named man of the match, Romero led the Argentine fans in the Corinthians Arena to a state of frenzy. Not without irony, it is the World Cup played in the land of football that has brought Brazil's archrival the chance to lift the Cup for the third time in its history. In total, 63,267 people attended the clash this Wednesday (9 July), in São Paulo.

The final match against Germany takes place on Sunday (13 July) at the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The Netherlands will play the third place match against Brazil this Saturday (12 July) at the Mané Garrincha National Stadium in Brasília.

Semifinal - Holanda x Argentina - Arena Corinthians

Semifinal - Holanda x Argentina - Arena Corinthians

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