Romero tells Argentines to savor the moment

Wed Jul 9, 2014 8:56pm EDT
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By Javier Leira

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero told his compatriots to "enjoy the moment" after saving two penalties in the semi-final shootout win over the Netherlands on Wednesday to send his country into their first World Cup final since 1990.

"Enjoy the moment, we will enjoy it and tomorrow we will start working for the final," he said in a televised interview.

"I feel immense happiness, I'm really happy with everything. (Penalties) are a question of luck, that is the reality. I had confidence in myself and, fortunately, everything turned out well.

"Hope has been intact since day one," he added.

Romero, who was voted man of the match for his shootout heroics, had warm words for both coaches.

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal was the keeper's boss at Dutch club AZ Alkmaar, where he went in 2007, and Van Gaal joked after the match that he had taught Romero how to save penalties.

"I went to the dressing room to thank him (Van Gaal)," Romero told reporters.

"He is someone who helped me a lot when I arrived in Holland, in a completely different country, with different customs, where they spoke a completely different language.   Continued...

Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero celebrates saving the match deciding penalty in their 2014 World Cup semi-finals against Netherlands at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo July 9, 2014.   REUTERS/Darren Staples