|Messi slams referee after Argentina storm into World Cup semis: FIFA cannot put somebody who is not as much as activity|
Messi arguing with referee Lahoz within the World Cup quarter-final. (AP Photo)
By India Today Web Desk: Lionel Messi’s quest to win the FIFA World Cup lives on as Argentina beat Netherlands on penalties 3-4 to storm into the semi-finals.
Netherlands took Argentina into the penalty shootout after Denzel Dumfries equalised the rating within the additional time 2-2. However, Lautaro Martinez helped Argentina to take a step additional within the match as he scored the profitable penalty.
The quarter-final between Argentina and Netherlands noticed some good tactical battle however there was one one that ultimately turned the protagonist – the Spanish referee Mateu Lahoz, who dished out a complete of 15 yellow playing cards.
Messi, who has had fairly a historical past with Lahoz, didn’t step again after the match and stated: “I do not wish to discuss in regards to the referee as a result of you may’t be trustworthy. If you discuss they sanction you, FIFA should give it some thought, they can not put a referee like that for these situations, they can not put a referee who is not as much as the duty.”
During a match between Barcelona and Osasuna in 2020, Lahoz booked Messi for eradicating his jersey when the Argentine paid tribute to Diego Maradona after his dying. In one other occasion, the Spanish referee disallowed Messi’s aim for Barcelona towards Atletico Madrid in the course of the 2013-14 La Liga. The match resulted in a 1-1 draw and Atletico Madrid went onto win the title.
“But we had been scared earlier than the sport as a result of we knew what was coming [with Mateu Lahoz]. They can not put a referee like that on this sport when he’s not as much as the extent,” Messi added.
Meanwhile, Messi stated Argentina felt the presence of Maradona after they beat Netherlands to achieve the semi-finals. “Diego is watching us from heaven. He is pushing us and I actually hope this stays the identical till the tip,” Messi stated.
Argentina will tackle the 2018 runners-up Croatia for a spot within the remaining on December 14 (12:30 AM IST).