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Messi embraces Argentina hero Emi Martinez after nerve-wracking quarters win (Reuters)
By India Today Web Desk: Lionel Messi was a relieved man! He did all that he may to take Argentina to the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup however the La Albiceleste needed to undergo a nerve-wracking penalty of their hard-fought quarter-final on the Lusail Stadium on Friday, December 9.
Messi couldn’t cover his feelings as he jumped in pleasure with the spirit of the child as he acknowledged the assist from the Argentina crowd on the Lusail Stadium, which additionally went via a roller-coaster of feelings.
In a heartwarming second, Messi embraced goalkeeper Emi Martinez, who emerged as Argentina’s hero after saving penalties from Virgil van Dijk and Wout Weghourst. Martinez placed on a strong present as he dived full size to drag off saves that saved Argentina and Messi’s World Cup hopes alive.
Messi had his fingers aloft as he celebrated with the followers at Lusail Stadium, which may even host the ultimate.
Lionel Scaloni and Louis van Gaal shared an embrace with the Dutch tactician, lauding the Argentina coach, who was on the fringe of his seat when the Netherlands fought again from 0-2 all the way down to pressure the penalties. On the opposite aspect of the pitch, it was heartbreak for the Dutch gamers who had given it their all however nonetheless completed second on the large day.