Striker Sergio Aguero believes Argentina have proved people wrong by reaching Sunday’s World Cup final against Germany.
The Manchester City forward, 26, was a second-half substitute as Argentina beat the Netherlands on penalties in Wednesday’s semi-final.
“A lot of people didn’t think Argentina would get to the final but we knew what players we had, very good players individually,” he said.
“This means so much.” Play media
The two teams played out a tense goalless 120 minutes before Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero blocked shots by Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder to help win the shootout.
Lionel Messi, Ezequiel Garay and Aguero were all on target for the South Americans from the spot before former Liverpool midfielder Maxi Rodriguez slotted home the winning penalty.
“We know the pain we have been through, and we deserved some kind of happiness,” said Rodriguez, 33.
“Now we have to play the final but that is what we have dreamed of ever since we left Buenos Aires. We must make the most of it and let’s hope that the last 90 minutes are on our side.
“I dedicate this is to my family and all of Argentina, to everyone who is crying like us, who have had a dream since they were little and now might be able to see it fulfilled.”