WATCH: Argentina's win over Holland wasn't just down to luck

By Drum Digital
10 July 2014

Argentina's win in Sao Paulo wasn't just down to the luck of the spot-kick.

The Argentinian press hailed Sergio Romero’s “Hands of God” after the goalkeeper’s penalty shootout heroics earned victory over Holland in Wednesday night’s World Cup semi-final.

Romero saved from Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder, prompting Diario Hoy to play on Diego Maradona’s infamous handball goal against England at the 1986 tournament.

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Romero guessed correctly for two of Holland's penalties in the 4-2 shootout win after a nervy 0-0 draw.

The 27-year-old put the notes back down his shorts as he prepared to 'guess' the correct way and become Argentina's hero.

Romero, who clearly studied each taker before the showdown, knowing there was a good possibility the game could go all the way, saw his homework pay off to put Argentina into their first World Cup final in 24 years.

Meanwhile Holland manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that two players had refused to take the first penalty after their shootout defeat.

Argentina scored all four penalties to secure a place in the World Cup final against Germany in the Maracana Stadium on Sunday.

Van Gaal wasn't able to send specialist goalkeeper Tim Krul on in goal for the penalties as he did last week as he had already used three substitutes.

To add to his pain, Argentina goalkeeper Romero once played for him at AZ Alkmaar.

Source: theguardian.com and metro.co.uk

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