Sergio Romero is the man of the moment…
The 27-year-old Argentine footballer has earned a hero’s welcome in his native country after his impressive performance in the penalty shootout after Argentina and the Netherlands were tied 0-0 at the end of extra time.
Romero, the goalkeeper for his team, saved penalty kicks by Holland’s Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder. Argentina’s Maxi Rodriguez put away the winning kick, sending Argentina to its first FIFA World Cup final in 24 years.
The last time a World Cup semifinal was decided by penalty kicks was 1998 when Netherlands played Brazil. Brazil won that encounter.
Argentina will face off against Germany in the final, which will be played Sunday in Rio’s Estadio Maracana.
This will be the third time Argentina and Germany will meet in the World Cup final. Germany won in 1990. Argentina won in 1986.