• Argentina will face Germany in the World Cup final after beating the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties
  • Robin van Persie was able to captain Holland and lined up with Lionel Messi for a photo
  • Holland were hoping to make it an all-European World Cup final against Germany
  • Nigel de Jong made a surprise return for the Dutch
  • Pablo Zabaleta had to keep track of Arjen Robben
  • There was an injury concern over Javier Mascherano but he was able to continue
  • Messi had to wait to make an impact...
  • As did van Persie as the score remained 0-0 at half-time
  • Messi continued to be put under plenty of pressure after the break
  • Robben was also struggling to find space
  • Argentina introduced Sergio Aguero in place of Gonzalo Higuain
  • The battle for a place in the final was producing plenty of effort but not always quality
  • Robben couldn't take a late chance and the contest went to extra-time
  • Holland hoped replacing van Persie with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar would find a goal
  • They couldn't score and neither could Argentina so penalties were needed
  • Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved the opening penalty from Ron Vlaar
  • Messi made no mistake from the spot
  • Romero saved Wesley Sneijder's penalty to put Argentina on the edge of victory
  • Maxi Rodriguez secured the place in the final by finding the back of the net
  • Argentina had lots to celebrate as the winning penalty went in

Holland 0 Argentina 0 (Pens: 2-4)

Argentina will face Germany in the World Cup final after beating the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties