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Goalkeepers shine in World Cup

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SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 09:  Sergio Romero of Argentina saves the penalty kick of Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands in a shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between the Netherlands and Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 09:  Sergio Romero of Argentina celebrates defeating the Netherlands in a shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between the Netherlands and Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 17: Guillermo Ochoa of Mexico dives to make a save during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Mexico at Castelao on June 17, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 29:  Goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa of Mexico looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Netherlands and Mexico at Castelao on June 29, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08:  Manuel Neuer of Germany makes a save at a shot at goal by Paulinho of Brazil  during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JULY 05:  Keylor Navas of Costa Rica fails to save a penalty from Dirk Kuyt of the Netherlands in the shoot out during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at Arena Fonte Nova on July 5, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JULY 05:  Goalkeeper Tim Krul of the Netherlands fails to save a penalty from Celso Borges of Costa Rica in the shoot out during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at Arena Fonte Nova on July 5, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JULY 01:  Tim Howard of the United States defends against Belgium during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Belgium and the United States at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tim HowardSALVADOR, BRAZIL - JULY 01:  Tim Howard of the United States in action during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Belgium and the United States at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tim Howard

Despite being a tournament labelled as the return of attack-minded football after the caution shown in South Africa four years ago, Brazil 2014 has been a platform for the world's best goalkeepers to shine.

Argentina's Sergio Romero made just one league start for Monaco last season, but became a national hero when he saved penalties from Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder to send his side into their first World Cup final in 24 years.

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