The Argentine capital of Buenos Aires, and cities across the country, were invaded by crowds on Wednesday following a gruelling penalty shoot-out win against the Netherlands. That win meant that the two-time winners would be returning to the World Cup final against Germany, the first time in 24 years they will take part in the tournament's decider.
The Albiceleste were always posted as one of the favourites to go far in Brazil. A kind-looking draw up to the last four, a wealth of stars up front and the abilities of the peerless Lionel Messi have been presented as the main reasons why Argentina could be challenging for glory in the Maracana Stadium.
But if the progress of Alejandro Sabella's men has not been too much of a surprise, their journey to the Maracana has involved plenty of twists and turns on the way. Here are five things the Albiceleste faithful were not expecting when the party began all the way back in June with a victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina.