Argentina soccer fans delight in WCup final berth

 Lionel Messi, Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Marcos Rojo, Lucas Biglia, Javier Mascherano, Rodrigo Palacio and Ezequiel Garay of Argentina celebrate defeating the Netherlands in a shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between the Netherlands and Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Lionel Messi, Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Marcos Rojo, Lucas Biglia, Javier Mascherano, Rodrigo Palacio and Ezequiel Garay of Argentina celebrate defeating the Netherlands in a shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between the Netherlands and Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/09 8:20 pm

SAO PAULO (AP) — It's Argentina's greatest delight and Brazil's worst nightmare.

Argentina's soccer team has beaten the Netherlands to win a berth into the World Cup championship match — on archrival Brazil's soil, and just a day after Brazil was humiliated in a 7-1 loss to Germany.

Argentina fan Rodrigo Aisen wept with joy as his team knocked in a fourth goal to secure the 4-2 penalty shootout win. He celebrated with 20,000 others in the FIFA Fan Fest watch party in Sao Paulo, and sealed the victory by giving his girlfriend a long kiss.

He says that "God knows we suffered" with the tight match that had to be decided by penalties. "But everything is good now, everything is joy!"

Argentina and Germany will meet in the final on Sunday.

 

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