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Argentina reaches Qatar 2022 semifinals with penalty shootout win over Netherlands in World Cup thriller

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Argentina and Lionel Messi hopes to win World Cup very much alive after a nerve-wracking penalty shootout victory over the Netherlands in a thrilling match at Qatar 2022.

Goals from Nahuel Molina and Messi put the Netherlands ahead 2-0 with just eight minutes remaining before Wout Weghorst double scored to send the match into extra time in a spectacular comeback.

With neither team able to find a winner in the remaining 30 minutes, the match was decided on a penalty shootout, with Argentine goalkeeper Emi Martinez making himself a hero. La Albiceleste, Save two Dutch spot kicks.

Martinez has made a name for himself as an expert in penalty shootouts, further cementing his status as an Argentinean hero in Qatar with three wins against Colombia in last year’s Copa America semi-final.

After Enzo Fernández missed the opening penalty to give Argentina the win, Lautaro Martinez stepped up and scored the winning spot kick, sending thousands of Argentine fans into delirium inside the Lusail Stadium.

The Argentinian players remained on the pitch long after the shootout ended, earning the admiration of adoring fans who will likely be celebrating late into the night in Qatar.

Three fights broke out between the teams during the match.

Another notable ending to this World Cup match that saw all kinds of shocks and counterattacks, but this one probably topped them all.

Spanish referee Mateu Lajos, known for being quirky and in the limelight, certainly added to the drama as he struggled to control the game and showed up numerous yellow cards, including one in a shootout. .

There were more than three large brawls between the 120th minute and the penalty. The first brawl was sparked by Leandro Paredes hitting the ball straight into the Dutch dugout on the side of the pitch.

It has become difficult to track which players have been disciplined by Lahoz, but according to FIFA, he was shown 18 yellow cards (two for Dumfries) and one red card in the quarter-finals. I was.

The match will arguably be remembered as one of the greatest World Cup Classics of all time, but Argentina need to get their feet on the ground quickly ahead of their semi-final against knockout specialists Croatia.

Millions of Argentines have dreamed of the day Messi won the World Cup imitating the late Diego Maradona. That day is one step closer.

The 35-year-old Messi has done everything within his power to ensure Argentina have the best chance of winning their first World Cup title since 1986.

There was a fleeting moment of Messi’s magic that football fans have become accustomed to seeing over the years. Most notably, his fine touch and finish against Mexico in the group stage gave Argentina a decisive breakthrough after a shock defeat to Saudi Arabia.

Few fans would have named Argentina as favorites before the tournament, but with Messi in the ranks of the squad, anything is always possible.

Under former Argentina national team head coach Lionel Scaroni, the team is in a better place than it has been in quite some time, winning the Copa America in 2021, the national team’s first major since 1993. A trophy and Messi’s first trophy in his famous blue…and white shirt.

A Lionel Messi penalty gave Argentina a 2–0 lead in the second half.

However, Argentina have failed to record a convincing 90 minutes in Qatar, and the defensive weakness that has hampered them in recent years is arguably still there.

Meanwhile, the Dutchman failed to impress in the group stage, but improved significantly in the Round of 16 thrashing the US Men’s National Team 3-1, scoring the opening goal for Memphis Depay in that match. One of the best goals in tournaments to question.

This was the sixth World Cup meeting between these two teams, and the match has provided a lot of history over the years. From the Mario Kempes-inspired win in the 1978 final to Dennis his Bergkamp’s stunning goal in the quarter-finals of 1998, this rivalry saw another player prepare to carve his name into football lore. was made.

The opening 35 minutes were predictably awkward, with both teams willing to take big risks while in possession.

But, unsurprisingly, it was Messi who unleashed the stubborn Dutch defense in a ridiculous, almost impossible, moment of genius.

Running towards the left side of the penalty area, the Argentinian captain played a ridiculous reverse pass and went completely into Molina’s pass.

Replays showed Messi never bothered to see Molina run. Only he knows how he saw the pass and whether he played it. Considering he’s seen it all in his 18-year career, Messi still finds a way to open his mouth.

It looked like a game over when Messi scored 2-0 from the penalty spot in the 75th minute. But if there’s one thing the World Cup in Qatar has shown, it’s that these matches are never over until the referee blows full time.

The Netherlands were barely out for over 80 minutes, so they hit a series of long balls into the Argentine penalty area.

Wout Weghorst has completed an unlikely Dutch comeback.

With less than eight minutes left in the game, Weghorst scored with a spectacular header from a Steven Berghuis shot.

That goal set a grandstand finish, including the first of three massive brawls.

Almost in the final action of the game, the Netherlands were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area.

It looked like either Cody Gakpo or Teun Koopminers would take the shot, but the latter sent a clever pass to Weghorst, who circled a defender and put the ball past Martinez.

That goal sparked a fiery scene as the entire Dutch bench was emptied to celebrate by the corner flag, silencing thousands of Argentine fans who had been very loud throughout the game.

For Weghorst, who has struggled to make an impact at Burnley and is currently on loan at Besiktas, it was an almost unimaginable turn of events, temporarily halting Messi’s inevitable march to a World Cup title. rice field.

Argentinian players celebrate with Dutch faces after penalty shootout.

However, Messi and Argentina kept their cool from the spot to cap off a great night of football.

After Martínez scored the winning penalty, an even more moody scene ensued as some of the Argentine team celebrated with distraught Dutch players on their faces.

Messi is now intriguingly close to lifting his first World Cup and has an incredible player who seems bent on lifting the trophy he covets most. Something special is needed to stop it.

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