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Reuters Argentina’s Maxi Rodriguez celebrates with Argentina’s goalkeeper Sergio Romero after scoring the victory goal during a penalty shootout Wednesday in the 2014 World Cup semifinals between Argentina and the Netherlands at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Romero a hero as Argentina gains WC final

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SAO PAULO — Argentina’s Sergio Romero launched himself left and right to save two penalties in a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands on Wednesday that sealed the South Americans’ first World Cup final appearance in 24 years.

After the teams battled to a 0-0 draw in the first ever goalless semi-final, Romero plunged low to his left to save the first kick from Dutch defender Ron Vlaar, then flew high to his right to palm away Wesley Sneijder’s effort.

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