An Argentine fan celebrates at the end of the 2014 World Cup semi-final soccer match against the Netherlands
An Argentine fan celebrates at the end of the 2014 World Cup semi-final soccer match against the NetherlandsReuters

As Argentina prepares to take on Germany in the World Cup final, fans cheer on the victories or suffer the bitter sting of defeat.

Jubilation as Argentina are through to the World Cup Final 2014
Jubilation as Argentina are through to the World Cup Final 2014Reuters
A masked fan holds her breath and prays for Argentina to beat Germany
A masked fan holds her breath and prays for Argentina to beat GermanyReuters
Argentina hope for a flower power victory
Argentina hope for a flower power victoryReuters
An Argentine fan holds a replica of the World Cup trophy in anticipation of a victory over Germany
An Argentine fan holds a replica of the World Cup trophy in anticipation of a victory over GermanyReuters
The shock 7-1 defeat of Brazil by Germany left many fans in complete despair
The shock 7-1 defeat of Brazil by Germany left many fans in complete despairReuters
A young girl offers comfort for the biggest humiliation in the history of Brazilian football
A young girl offers comfort for the biggest humiliation in the history of Brazilian footballReuters
Drowning in tears: A Brazil fan walks in the rain after watching a broadcast of her team's loss against Germany
Drowning in tears: A Brazil fan walks in the rain after watching a broadcast of her team's loss against GermanyReuters
Who says chivalry is dead? A Germany fan consoles a Brazil supporter
Who says chivalry is dead? A Germany fan consoles a Brazil supporterReuters