Netherlands vs Argentina Highlights: Messi’s Argentina beat Netherlands 4-3 on penalties to reach semis | Football News

NEW DELHI: Argentina and Lionel Messi keep their World Cup dreams alive on a tense night as they beat Netherlands 4-3 on penalties to reach the semi-finals on Saturday. Argentina will now face runner-up Croatia, who knocked Brazil out of the tournament with a penalty shootout win on Friday, in the final four on Wednesday.
The two-time champions advanced to the semi-finals after taking a 2-0 lead at the end of the second half, before making a substitution Wout Weghorst sent the game into extra time by scoring two late goals for the Netherlands. The Netherlands’ second goal came late in the 111th minute. The score was still leveled at 2-2 after 30 minutes of extra time, paving the way for a dramatic penalty shootout at the Lusail Stadium.
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Argentina goalkeeper Emi Martinez saved the first two Dutch penalties to give Argentina a 2-0 advantage in the penalty shootout. But Enzo Fernandes, who took the fourth penalty, missed his penalty for Argentina to give the Netherlands a glimmer of hope, before Lautaro Martinez scored the winning goal for the South American team.
It’s a Messi again miraculously for Argentina in regulation time, scoring their first goal with a decisive pass to Nahuel Molina in the first half. He then successfully netted a 73rd-minute penalty to help Argentina score two goals, before Weghorst came on from the bench and turned the game around. But in the end, it was a happy ending for Messi and his teammates.

Messi raised his hands in celebration in front of a swarm of Argentina fans, hopes of winning football’s biggest prize at the fifth attempt still alive for a few more days.
A third bench melee of the match took place behind him as several Dutch players, distraught after coming so close to one of the greatest comebacks in World Cup history , clashed with their Argentinian rivals.
Apparently on the way home with a 2-0 scoreline with only seven minutes remaining in official time, the Dutchman scored twice thanks to substitute Weghorst to send the game into goalless extra time. win.
Messi, almost certainly, played a key role in giving Argentina the lead.

While Molina’s goal put Argentina ahead in the 35th minute, it was Messi who unlocked the suffocating Dutch defense that snuffed out any previous chances.
The 35-year-old sent the ball out 40 yards and dribbled it left in front of the marked fence before passing it back to the right to Molina at the edge of the box.
The full-back touched the ball and poked a gap through the rushing goalkeeper Andries Noppert, much to the delight of the vast majority of 88,235 spectators at Lusail Stadium.
The Albiceleste’s followers were even more excited in the 73rd minute when Messi scored a penalty in the midfield right after Denzel Dumfries fouled Marcos Acuna on the edge of the box.

With a tactic more reminiscent of Sunday park football than Total Football, the Dutch returned to the competition by bombarding the Argentina area with high balls aimed at their tall players.
They paid off with a goal in the 83rd minute when Steven Berghuis crossed from the right and his substitute Wout Weghorst headed the ball past Martinez’s pass.
The Argentine held the lead until 11th minute of injury time when Teun Koopmeiners deftly reversed a free-kick and let Weghorst free the ball past Martinez and level the game.
The Argentinians were shocked by the comeback early in extra time but they regained their composure to score against the Netherlands with shots, Enzo Hernandez coming closest to the goal with a shot. finish bouncing the vertical column.
It was the Dutchman’s first loss in 20 games since last year’s European Championship and ended 71-year-old Louis van Gaal’s third term as manager.
(With input from agencies)


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