World Cup: Argentina defeats Netherlands on penalty kicks

Lionel Messi’s World Cup hopes are nonetheless alive, however Tuesday’s quarterfinal win over the Netherlands didn’t come simply and it didn’t come rapidly — nor did Messi do it alone.

Goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez made two saves in a five-round penalty-kick shootout to raise Argentina previous the Netherlands following a recreation that resulted in a 2-2 draw. Messi had a objective and an help, then received Argentina began within the shootout by changing on his try.

Gonzalo Montiel and Leandro Paredes additionally scored, however midfielder Enzo Fernández missed broad left earlier than Lautaro Martinez sealed the win, making his shot. It was the second time in three World Cups that Argentina has eradicated the Netherlands within the remaining eight on penalty kicks, the primary coming within the 2014 semifinals.

In Tuesday’s semifinal Argentina will face Croatia, which eradicated Brazil on penalty kicks in Tuesday’s different quarterfinal. 4 of the primary 10 knockout video games on this World Cup have been determined by penalties.

Argentina was seconds away from closing out the win when Wout Weghorst scored off a set piece deep in stoppage time, sending the sport into further time. Teun Koopmeiners lined up over a free kick simply outdoors the penalty space, however as a substitute of going to objective he rolled the ball simply to the aspect of the Argentine wall for Weghorst, who took a contact earlier than slotting a shot previous a stunned keeper, Martínez, and into the underside left nook, beautiful an overwhelmingly pro-Argentina crowd of 88,235 that was able to have fun.

The Dutch had simply two pictures on objective in regulation time and each have been buried by Weghorst, who additionally scored on a header within the 83rd minute. These two objectives erased a 2-0 Argentina lead constructed on a objective and help from Messi, making Weghorst the primary Dutch participant to come back off the bench and rating a brace in a World Cup recreation.

Argentina had a number of attractiveness within the remaining minutes of additional time, however Dutch goalkeeper Andries Nopert made a few large saves and Fernández curled a right-footed shot off the far submit on the ultimate kick earlier than penalties.

Argentina had the one objective within the first half, with defender Nahuel Molina scoring within the thirty fifth minute. Messi made it occur, although, dropping a shoulder and darting into the midfield, drawing defenders to him on a protracted, broken-field run. He then picked out Molina making a run into the field and located him with an ideal cross by the Dutch protection. Molina did the remainder, escaping Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk and beating Nopert with a right-footed shot into the left nook for his first objective in 25 worldwide appearances.

It was additionally Argentina’s first objective in a World Cup recreation towards Holland since 1998, the final two conferences ending in scoreless attracts. Messi has had a hand in 5 of Argentina’s eight objectives in Qatar, scoring three of them and aiding on two others.

And he wasn’t carried out.

He narrowly missed doubling Argentina’s benefit within the 63rd minute, profitable a free kick from 25 yards out after happening on a Van Dijk push from behind. He bent his left-footed shot over the wall towards the far submit, however missed excessive by inches. After Denzel Dumfries tripped Argentina defender Marcos Acuña on the left fringe of the field within the 71st minute, Messi received one other probability, this time on a penalty kick, and he didn’t miss, beating Nopert to present Argentina a 2-0 lead.

The objective was Messi’s tenth in World Cup play, tying Gabriel Bautista for the Argentine file.

Weghorst minimize the deficit in half with seven minutes left in regulation, heading in a protracted Steven Bergwijn cross 5 minutes after coming into the match.