Arjen Robben and the Netherlands stopped at the door of the World Cup Final

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

A stodgy, tactical affair ends in penalties.

Argentina outlasted the Netherlands in a penalty shootout after a 0-0 draw to advance to the World Cup Final where they will face Bayern Mun... Germany.

The first half wasn't the most exciting encounter. Both teams focused on smothering the best player on the opposition, so Arjen Robben and Lionel Messi rarely had the ball at their feet in space. The second half wasn't much better. Regulation was a pretty dull affair.

However, it looked as though Robben was going to win the match in stoppage time on the first Dutch "shot on goal" of the game. He skipped through the Argentina defense, but a heavy touch gave Javier Mascherano that extra moment to deny Robben's shot with an excellent tackle. I legitimately thought he was recreating his goal against Borussia Dortmund in Wembley Stadium to win the Champions League Final.

The match went on to extra time where two tired times lumbered up and down the field hoping that they're opponent would make a mistake for them to take advantage.

Rodrigo Palacio came close to giving Argentina the lead in extra time after a brilliant chip over the top, but his header was more like a backpass and easily saved.

The match ended up in penalties. Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder saw their penalties saved by Sergio Romero, while Argentina converted all of their attempts.

The loss on penalties ends a fantastic World Cup for Robben. Hopefully, he'll enjoy his vacation and be ready to rock and roll for Bayern Munich in the coming season.

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