SAO PAULO: Lionel Messi finally has his shot at a World Cup title, the one championship the world’s best player has yet to win.
Romero, who thought to be a weak link in this Argentine team and not even a starter for his Monaco club most of last season, blocked penalties by Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder to ensure his team’s place in the final. For Argentina, Lionel Messi, Ezequiel Garay, Sergio Aguero and Maxi Rodriguez all converted their spot kicks.
The next junction for the winners is the final on coming Sunday at the Mracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro against Germany who knocked down the five time world champion Brazil with a big margin in the first semi-final. Now, the Brazilians will have to watch their fiercest rivals play for the world title in their most hallowed stadium, bringing the country’s World Cup to an extra bitter end.
Argentina, a two time World Cup winner, reached its fifth final, and its first in 24 years. It won the title in 1978 and 1986 and lost the championship matches in 1930 and 1990. It played West Germany in both the ’86 and ’90 finals.
On the other hand, the Netherlands, which has never won the World Cup, was seeking to reach its fourth final.