Argentina celebrate their win over The Netherlands and a place in the FIFA World Cup Final

Top photo: Argentina players dash to celebrate the win as Maxi Rodriguez scores in the penalty shootout in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Netherlands and Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Middle photo: Maxi Rodriguez (L) of Argentina celebrates with Sergio Romero after scoring a penalty to win in the penalty shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final
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Bottom photo: Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano of Argentina celebrate after the Argentina wins the penalty shootout against the Netherlands to advance to the FIFA World Cup Final
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Because ultimately, a penalty is easy…There are ways of taking penalties that are within the grasp of most footballers, because there are places that a goalkeeper cannot hope to reach in time. So kick it in one of those. In that sense, it is football in its purest form, all unnecessary to-ing and fro-ing stripped away. This is a game about kicking the ball in the goal…Well, go on then! We tried the busy version with the full rules and all the running about and stuff, but you couldn’t win, and nor could they, so we’ve boiled the whole thing down for you. Whenever you’re ready.
—  Andi Thomas, on the penalty shootout



My babes made it to the Semis, making me proud as usual but Claire Lavogez… Babe, you played fantastic! There’ll be a bunch of articles saying how she missed the PK, instead of talking about how well she played during the entire game and tournament.. YOU DID GOOD KID! Some give her a hug and tell her it’ll be okay… Her crying broke my heart..