FIFA World Cup 2022 | Messi’s Argentina beat Netherlands on penalties, enters World Cup semi-finals

FIFA World Cup 2022 | Messi’s Argentina beat Netherlands on penalties, enters World Cup semi-finals
FIFA World Cup 2022 | Messi’s Argentina beat Netherlands on penalties, enters World Cup semi-finals
Argentina’s Lionel Messi with teammates celebrate after winning the penalty shoot out with Netherlands as Argentina progress to the semi finals.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi with teammates have a good time after profitable the penalty shoot out with Netherlands as Argentina progress to the semi finals.
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Argentina goalkeeper Emi Martinez saved penalties from Virgil van Dijk and Steven Berghuis earlier than Lautaro Martinez scored the profitable spot kick to safe them a 4-3 shootout win over the Netherlands on Friday after their World Cup quarter-final completed 2-2 after 120 minutes.

In a scrappy half-hour of additional time with the scores stage, Enzo Fernandez rattled the submit within the closing seconds whereas Martinez and German Pezzella additionally had efforts blocked or parried away as Argentina desperately pushed for a winner.

The Netherlands had not often troubled Argentina throughout the match earlier than substitute Wout Weghorst’s header 10 minutes later sparked them into life and he rolled the ball previous goalkeeper Emi Martinez deep into stoppage time to ship the sport into additional time.

Argentina captain Lionel Messi had fantastically arrange Nahuel Molina for his or her first-half opener, threading a elegant move via the Dutch defence, earlier than coolly slotting in a penalty within the 73rd minute after Denzel Dumfries fouled Marcos Acuna.

Argentina will subsequent face Croatia, who beat Brazil on penalties earlier, on Tuesday for a spot within the closing. 

Teams

Netherlands (3-4-3)

Andries Noppert; Jurrien Timber, Virgil van Dijk (captain), Nathan Ake; Denzel Dumfries, Marten de Roon, Frenkie de Jong, Daley Blind; Cody Gakpo, Memphis Depay, Steven Bergwijn

Coach: Louis van Gaal

Argentina (5-3-2)

Emiliano Martinez; Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolas Otamendi, Lisandro Martinez, Marcos Acuna; Rodrigo De Paul, Enzo Fernandez, Alexis Mac Allister; Lionel Messi (captain), Julian Alvarez

Coach: Lionel Scaloni (ARG)

Referee: Antonio Mateu (ESP)

( With inputs from businesses)

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