Argentina striker Sergio Aguero believes his side have proved many people wrong by reaching the World Cup final on Sunday.
The Manchester City striker came off the bench and scored a penalty in the shoot-out as Argentina progressed to the World Cup final at the expense of Netherlands.
Aguero thinks that many people doubted his Argentine side would go this far in the tournament and is happy that they've proved them wrong.
"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 told reporters. "This means so much."
The two sides played out a goalless 120 minutes but Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero managed to save spot kicks from Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder to help win the shootout.
Lionel Messi and Ezequiel Garay along with Aguero all scored leaving former Liverpool midfielder Maxi Rodriquez to score the winning penalty.
Rodriguez speaks of pride
Argentina's most recent World Cup triumph came in 1986 and Rodriquez is proud to be on the brink of creating history for his country.
"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."
Argentina now face Germany who thrashed host nation Brazil 7-1 to book a place in Sunday's showpiece. It will be the third time these two nations have met in the final which is a World Cup record.
Argentina tired after clash
However, Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella admits that his players were feeling the full effects of their semi-final. Argentina had to endure 120 minutes of a tense semi-final, whereas Germany's match 24 hour previously was effectively over after 25 minutes.
Sabella says his players were "sore, beaten and tired," after reaching their fifth World Cup final as they search for their third victory.
"We could do with a couple more days to rest, but what is important is that we made it to the final," said Sabella. "Let's see how we handle it.
"It is the result of a 'war' and we will give you the full report as to the casualties tomorrow."
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