Argentina progressed into the World Cup final for the first time in 24 years after beating Netherlands on penalties.

The South American outfit emerged 4-2 victorious via from the shootout in the aftermath of a dull, goalless draw after 120 minutes at the Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo. The Albiceleste goalkeeper Sergio Romero kept out Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder's efforts from 12 yards to ensure Louis van Gaal's side had to settle for third or fourth place this year.

The incoming Manchester United manager was hailed in the quarter-final clash against Costa Rica for bringing on Tim Krul right at the end for first-choice shot-stopper, Jasper Cillessen. The Newcastle United star saved two penalties to ensure the Dutchmen's place in last four.

However, the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss couldn'trepeat his tactics, having already used all his substitutes, which probably backfired against Alejandro Sabella's side. There was criticism for van Gaal as well about the cautious nature of the match, coupled with the scrutiny of United fans waiting for the 62-year-old to fly to England take up the reins at Old Trafford.

Argentina will now face Germany for the crown at the Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, on Sunday.

Some Twitter reactions:

The mood in Argentina right now:

Ping pong as a metaphorical representation of the second semi-final:

Criticism over van Gaal's decision to send Vlaar for the first penalty:

Gabriele Marcotti on van Gaal's loathing for third place clash.

Netherlands have only scored two goals in the knockout stages and have failed to break the deadlock for four hours.

Van Gaal's defensive tactics against Argentina:

United fans on van Gaal:

Gary Linekar's opinion on who will win the final: