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Argentina beats the Netherlands to advance to the World Cup semis : World


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AL DAYYEN, Qatar — Lionel Messi’s dream and Argentina are nonetheless alive on the World Cup.

The South American powerhouse powered previous the Netherlands within the quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup. Quantity-three Argentina was decided to win and keep away from being the second upset of the day when Croatia defeated top-ranked and event favourite Brazil.

Messi’s superlatives are unsurpassed. The 35-year-old is among the most interesting to ever play the sport. However there’s one factor lacking on his spectacular soccer resume: a World Cup title.

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Argentina received on the board first due to Lionel Messi, after all. Within the thirty fifth minute, Messi by some means threaded the ball by means of three Dutch defenders to Nahuel Molina. Molina poked it together with his proper foot past the towering 6-foot-8 Netherlands goalkeeper Andries Noppert. It was Molina’s first-ever worldwide objective.

After which, within the 73rd minute, Messi made his presence actually identified when he lined as much as take a penalty kick. With a swift strike low and to the proper, Messi flatfooted the keeper to increase the Argentina result in 2-0.

Regardless of being down 2-0, the Dutch didn’t quit. Within the 83rd minute, substitute Wout Weghorst dissected the Argentine protection and pierced the objective to maintain the Netherlands shut 2-1.

It was a bruising, bodily match. Referee Antonio Mateu referred to as 48 fouls and gave out a document 17 yellow playing cards. Tempers flared not lengthy after Argentina’s Leandro Paredes fouled a Dutch participant after which fired the ball into the Netherlands bench. Substitutes stormed the sector with a number of pushing and shoving. Yellow playing cards given after which play continued.

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Deep into stoppage time (90’+11), Weghorst scored once more on a fantastic set piece that evened the rating 2-2 simply earlier than the referee whistled the tip of regulation to pressure 30-minutes of additional time. It will nonetheless not be sufficient to determine a winner.

The sport would go to a penalty kick shootout the place the Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez dazzled – blocking the primary two Dutch makes an attempt – whereas Argentina scored on its first three tries to win 2-2 (4-3).

The Netherlands, ranked eighth on this planet, had a robust event – beating the champions of Africa (Senegal), Asia (Qatar) and CONCACAF (the USA). However they might not discover a well beyond the South American titleholders. And it was basically a house recreation too. Lusail Stadium has a capability of practically 90,000 and it was principally a sea of Argentinian blue and white with just some slivers of Dutch orange.

The Dutch had gained their final three quarterfinal matches and are the perfect workforce to have by no means gained the World Cup (they’ve reached the finals thrice). The Netherlands got here in to this quarterfinal unbeaten of their final 19 worldwide matches. However none of that mattered to Argentina which discovered methods to sluggish Dutch stars Memphis Depay, Cody Gakpo and Denzel Dumfries.

Argentina will play Croatia within the semifinals on Tuesday.

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Tom Goldman contributed reporting from Al Rayyan, Qatar, and Russell Lewis reported from Birmingham, Ala.


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