Croatia will play Argentina in the final of the 2022 World Cup after Argentina beat the Netherlands on penalty kicks. After setting up Nahuel Molina’s opener, Lionel Messi converted a penalty kick to set Argentina up to play Croatia in the final. Wout Weghorst scrambled in a final 30-second goal with 10 minutes left to give his side a chance, but he could not convert. Both sides could not find a winner in the game, so Argentina prevailed on penalties 4-3. A shootout victory over Brazil will set up a semifinal matchup against Croatia. For Argentina, the solution was almost obvious. The Lionel Messi team was coasting for a while. They were two goals ahead of the Netherlands with just a few minutes left. They eventually got there, but Argentina would not be Argentina without some suffering.
Initially, it seemed as if everything was going smoothly. A few miles away, Brazil, Argentina’s most intimidating obstacle on its way to the final, was eliminated by Croatia as their battalions of blue and white fans filled the Lusail Stadium. The second victory seemed to be locked in almost immediately after the first victory. Denzel Dumfries tripped Marcos Acura in the penalty area, and Messi converted a penalty to score Argentina’s first goal. In his face-to-face interaction with Argentina’s fans, Messi stretched his arms out in front of them, waiting for their gratitude for the gift he had bestowed. There is a good chance that many in the audience would have been distracted by next week’s meeting, next week’s match against Croatia, or even the looming third World Cup.
Argentina has qualified for the FIFA World Cup quarterfinals after a 2-2 extra-time tie between the Netherlands and Argentina. There was plenty of tension on the pitch and the sidelines in the first half of the long and fiery match. Argentine playmaker Lionel Messi threaded a perfectly placed pass through the Dutch defence for Nahuel Molina to score after an evenly poised start to the game. After taking one well-controlled touch, the full-back took the ball into the box and coolly drilled it past the Netherlands keeper to score the opening goal. In the 73rd minute, Denzel Dumfries fouled Matias Acuna inside the box with a light kick to the ankle, and Argentina was awarded a penalty kick. A spot-kick was awarded to Lionel Messi, who curled his shot to Noppert’s right side to score his fourth tournament goal. Argentina controlled possession for large parts of the second half, and the Dutch failed to score.
In the 83rd minute, Dutch big man Wout Weghorst gleamed a glancing header past Argentina’s keeper, giving the Oranje a glimmer of hope. By now, the Dutch had cut the deficit to just one goal, and they went on the attack and bombarded the Argentinian defence. After Argentina midfielder Leandro Paredes provoked their bench by cannoning the ball at their bar, tensions between both sides began to boil over in the game’s last moments. A free kick was awarded to the Netherlands with thirty seconds left in the match, just meters from the edge of the box. A cheekily rolled pass under the jumping wall stunned everyone as the Dutch team sat on the brink of elimination. In the hysterics of the Netherlands fans, Wout Weghorst netted the equalizer after taking a shot at Martinez and sliding it into the net.
Battle of Lusail Sees 18 Yellow Cards Awarded to Netherlands by Argentina in World Cup Quarter-Final
Argentina defeated the Netherlands on Friday 4-3 in a penalty shootout to qualify for the semifinals of the World Cup. Still, referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz set a World Cup record by handing out 18 yellow cards and one red card. Argentina threw away a 2-0 lead in regulation time after Lionel Messi scored and assisted in a thrilling match. As time expired in the second half, Netherlands equalized through Wout Weghorst, who hit the back of the net after Teun Koopmeiners took a free kick within the box and played a pass under the wall for him to score. The combination of the fireworks of the “Battle of Lusail” finally clinched the victory for Argentina as Emiliano Martinez saved two attempts in the shootout. Lautaro Martinez scored the winning penalty, but tensions boiled over at every stage as the teams repeatedly clashed throughout the game.
A blast from Leandro Paredes hit the Dutch bench at one point before Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk knocked Paredes to the ground. Two yellow cards were issued to Denzel Dumfries during the penalty shootout. The World Cup record is 15 cards received by players on the field. Messi told Argentine TV after the match, “you can’t be honest with the referee.”. Talking leads to sanctions; FIFA must consider this; a non-competent referee should not be used in these situations.”
Argentine vs Netherlands yellow card list:
- Walter Samuel (31′) – Argentina coaching staff
- Jurrien Timber (43′)
- Marcos Acuna (43′)
- Cristian Romero (45′)
- Wout Weghorst (45+2′)
- Memphis Depay (76′)
- Lisandro Martinez (76′)
- Steven Berghuis (88′)
- Leandro Paredes (89′)
- Lionel Scaloni (90′) – Argentina manager
- Lionel Messi (90+10′)
- Nicolas Otamendi (90+12′)
- Steven Bergwijn (91′) – ET
- Gonzalo Montiel (109′) – ET
- German Pezzella (112′) – ET
- Denzel Dumfries (128′) – Penalty shootout
- Denzel Dumfries (129′) – Penalty shootout (2nd yellow = red)
- Noa Lang (129′) – Penalty shootout.
Argentina vs. Netharlands Highlights Score
Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-3 in a penalty shootout Tuesday to advance to the semifinals, where Lionel Messi will face Cristiano Ronaldo. A penalty shot by Messi was converted in the shootout, and Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez saved two attempts in the process. Lautaro Martinez scored the clinching penalty. Despite Messi scoring and setting up two goals in extra time, the match ended 2-2. Second-half stoppage time ended with an equalizer for the Netherlands. Tuesday is Argentina’s semifinal matchup against Croatia.