Argentina advanced to the World Cup final after defeating the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties when the match ended 0-0 after 120 minutes.
Ron Vlaar was denied in the first spot kick by Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
Lionel Messi then stepped up and beat Jasper Cillessen.
Arjen Robben converted for the Dutch to get things level again.
GOLLL de Robben. 1-1 https://t.co/oiwwjNZIkG— Actual Fútbol (@ActualFutbol) July 9, 2014
Ezequiel Garay smashed his spot kick to the top right corner to put Argentina back in front.
Wesley Sneijder was denied by an excellent save from Romero to keep Argentina in front.
Sergio Aguero converted to put Argentina in a commanding position.
Dirk Kuyt scored to keep the Netherlands' faint hopes alive.
GOLLLLL de Kuyt. 3-2 https://t.co/phP3iwZFaC— Actual Fútbol (@ActualFutbol) July 9, 2014
Maxi Rodriguez hit his effort to send Argentina to the final, and the party was on.
Here’s the PK by Maxi Rodriguez that sent Argentina to the World Cup Final: https://t.co/RBBy25dswn— SB Nation (@SBNation) July 9, 2014
Messi had the first opportunity of the match in the 15th minute, but Cillessen saved his powerful free-kick that beat the Dutch wall.
Cillessen also showed off a bit of skill against an on-rushing Gonzalo Higuain, turning the Napoli man.
Garay took a boot straight to the face in the 24th minute.
Higuain had the best chance of the second half, but his attempt was ruled offside (incorrectly) and hit the side netting.
Robben nearly gave the Dutch a late win, but Javier Mascherano's last-ditch tackle kept things level at 0-0.
Mascherano . . . Like a boss! http://t.co/5cEntNJ5nE— Unibet (@unibet) July 9, 2014
Rodrigo Palacio had the best chance of the map deep in extra time, but Cillessen was up to the task in snatching his header attempt.
Chance of the game so far http://t.co/e0ruO4pBPk— Football Vines (@FootballVines) July 9, 2014