World Cup: Argentina Defeats Netherlands in Penalty Shootout, Will Face Germany in Final

Lionel Messi, Martin Demichelis and Pablo Zabaleta of Argentina celebrate after defeating the Netherlands in a penalty shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil semifinal match between the Netherlands and Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi, Martin Demichelis and Pablo Zabaleta of Argentina celebrate after defeating the Netherlands in a penalty shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil semifinal match between the Netherlands and Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Brazil thought its nightmare was over — but perhaps it’s only just beginning.

Lionel Messi, Martin Demichelis and Pablo Zabaleta of Argentina celebrate after defeating the Netherlands in a penalty shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil semifinal match between the Netherlands and Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi, Martin Demichelis and Pablo Zabaleta of Argentina celebrate after defeating the Netherlands in a penalty shootout at the semifinal match on July 9, 2014, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Just 24 hours after the host nation was dumped out of its own World Cup, arch rival Argentina booked its place in the final following a penalty shootout victory over the Netherlands.

Argentina, which has not reached the final since 1990 and last won the tournament in 1986, triumphed 4-2 after the tie had ended goalless after 120 minutes.

The South American side will face Germany in Sunday’s final in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium.

Argentina beat West Germany in the 1986 World Cup final, before the Germans gained revenge four years later.

 

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