Argentina positioned itself to win its first World Cup in nearly 30 years, beating the Netherlands in a penalty shootout, 4-2, after a scoreless draw.

The Argentines converted all four of their penalty shots against Dutch goalie Jasper Cillessen.  Maxi Rodriguez put away the winning spot kick.  Argentine goalie Sergio Romero saved penalty shots by Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder.

The result Wednesday at rainy Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo means Argentina plays Germany in…

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Argentina Beats Netherlands, Advances to World Cup Championship