FLORENCE, JUNE 30 -- Somehow, Argentina keeps surviving.
Without having played one particularly good game in the World Cup, the defending champions are in the semifinals. They got there with a 3-2 victory in a penalty-kick shootout over Yugoslavia today after a dull, scoreless 120 minutes.
Argentina will face Italy, a 1-0 winner over Ireland, in the semifinals.
Both Argentina and Yugoslavia squandered scoring chances and the Argentines' Jorge Burruchaga had a goal disallowed in the final moments of the second overtime. The shootout wasn't very artistic, either.
Diego Maradona and Pedro Troglio both missed for the world champions, while Yugoslavs Dragan Stojkovic, Dragoljub Brnovic and Faruk Hadzigebic also failed to score.
Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Goycochea made the crucial final save on Hadzigebic's low shot, and the Argentines mobbed the former backup, who has taken over for the injured Nery Pumpido and allowed only one goal in four games.
Coach Carlos Bilardo said he thought his team had lost when Maradona's penalty kick was saved.
"My heart stopped," Bilardo said. "I thought it was over. It looked like our luck had disappeared."
It hadn't because of Goycochea and the poor marksmanship of the Yugoslavs.
Yugoslavia played most of the match with 10 men after midfielder Refik Sabanadzovic was sent off in the 32nd minute for a foul on Maradona. He earlier had been given a yellow card for refusing to move back for a free kick.
"It is a very difficult thing to play with 10 men," Yugoslav Coach Ivica Osim said.
Burruchaga put the ball in the Yugoslav net in the final minute of extra time, but Swiss referee Kurt Rothlisberger disallowed the goal, ruling Burruchaga handled the ball. Television replays of the incident were inconclusive.