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World Cup 2014

Football: Sabella's 'great joy' as Argentina reach final

Published on Jul 10, 2014 7:47 AM

SAO PAULO (AFP) - Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella spoke of his "great joy" after his side beat the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties in Sao Paulo on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, to reach the World Cup final.

"It's a great joy. It was a very difficult, very close match," said Sabella, whose side will face Germany in Sunday's final in Rio de Janeiro.

"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.

Argentina's coach Alejandro Sabella (centre) celebrates after Maxi Rodriguez (not pictured converted the decisive penalty during a penalty shoot-out against the Netherlands at their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo July 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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

Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero repelled penalties from Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder in the penalty shootout after a cagey stalemate finished 0-0 following extra time at the Corinthians Arena.

Argentina, chasing their third World Cup title, last reached the final in Italy in 1990, when they lost 1-0 to West Germany.