Argentina through to finals

Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties to progress to the World Cup finals.

Lionel Messi and his team mates celebrate after beating the Netherlands which earned them a spot in the finals of the 2014 Fifa World Cup. Picture: World Cup Facebook.

RIO DE JANEIRO - Argentina are through to the final of the Fifa World Cup following a nail biting penalty shootout over the Netherlands in Sao Paulo.

They'll take on Germany for the world title on Sunday after Germany beat hosts Brazil 7-1 on Monday.

The final will be played at the famous Maracana Stadium.

As the final penalty went in the back of the net, thousands of Argentines erupted in cheer at the Fifa FanFest on Rio de Janeiro's famous Copacabana Beach.

Fans waved huge blue and white flags and also tossed their shirts into the air in sheer jubilation.

Argentine fans say they do not expect any support from local Brazilians for the final against Germany, and added that they didn't need it saying the trophy is as good as theirs as long as they have Lionel Messi.


EWN World Cup analyst Jimmy Tau says the Netherlands can count themselves unlucky to have crashed out of the tournament on penalties.

Argentina progressed 4-2 with Tau saying neither side deserved to lose on spot kicks.

Looking back at the match, he says both teams were technically superb.

"Not a lot of chances created which means both teams were organised defensively and in the offensive, they were easily blocked because the teams could plan on how to counter attack."

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