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World Cup: Argentina beats Netherlands 4-2 in penalty shootout

Netherlands' midfielder Wesley Sneijder (R) controls the ball watched by Argentina's defender Pablo Zabaleta during the semi-final football match between Netherlands and Argentina of the FIFA World Cup at The Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014.
Netherlands' midfielder Wesley Sneijder (R) controls the ball watched by Argentina's defender Pablo Zabaleta during the semi-final football match between Netherlands and Argentina of the FIFA World Cup at The Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014.
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Argentina reached the World Cup final on Wednesday after beating the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout.

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved penalties by Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder to give Argentinathe win after the game finished 0-0 following extra time. Maxi Rodriguez put away the winning spot kick.

Argentina will play Germany in Sunday's final at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

A day after Germany thrashed Brazil 7-1, the goals dried up in the rain at Sao Paulo's Itaquerao Stadium.

Lionel Messi had a 20th-minute free kick saved by Jasper Cillessen, and Gonzalo Higuain's shot into the sidenetting in the 75th. For the Dutch, Arjen Robben came closest to scoring in stoppage time but Javier Masherano blocked his effort at the near post.

Extra time failed to produce a decider and the teams headed to the shootout.

Louis van Gaal's team also failed to score against Costa Rica, before prevailing from the penalty spot.

This story has been updated.