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Sabella savouring success

2014-07-10 09:06
 Alejandro Sabella (Supplied)
Alejandro Sabella (Supplied)

Sao Paulo - Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has expressed his "great joy" after his side overcame the Netherlands on penalties to book their place in the 2014 World Cup final.

As it happened: Argentina v Netherlands

In stark contrast to Tuesday's first semi-final in Belo Horizonte, where Germany hammered Brazil 7-1, Wednesday's encounter proved a much cagier affair, with the two sides eventually playing out a goalless draw over 120 minutes.

That meant the match would be decided on the lottery of spot kicks, where Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero proved the hero, saving two penalties to help secure a 4-2 shoot-out success.

La Albiceleste will now face the Germans in the final on Sunday and, speaking after the game, Sabella said: "It's a great joy. It was a very difficult, very close match

"I'm happy. We're in the final. We'll see what we can do with one day less recovery time (compared to Germany) and after penalties.

"But we'll give everything: humility, hard work, 100 per cent. We'll see if that's enough for us to win."

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