This video shows Argentina goalkeeper, Sergio Romero looking at details of the Dutch penalty takers from a piece of paper which he had hidden in his shorts.
The keeper clearly opens the paper to see where the player last placed their penalty against Costa-Rica and duly places it back down his shorts before preparing to save the spot-kick.
Romero saved penalties from captain Ron Vlaar and playmaker Wesley Sneijder to put Argentina in the World Cup final on Sunday where they will face Germany. The 27-year-old who plies his trade in Italy with Sampdoria will be touted as a hero by Argentinian fans who witnessed his heroic display against the Netherlands.
In the other corner, Jasper Cillensen will be harshly judged after he was substituted in the Dutch sides penalty win over Costa Rica which saw Newcastle United stopper Tim Krul pull over a number of saves to put Holland through to the semi’s. Cillensen was given the nod for the penalties but was unable to keep out any of Argentina’s spot kicks and maybe should have done better with Maxi Rodriguez’s penalty which duly won the tie.
Nevertheless, none should qualm the efforts of Argentina in that high pressured situation.
They say that keepers should do their homework – well played Romero.
By Oliver Baines | July 10th, 2014