Argentina’s two-goal lead was time-consuming. But at the last moment Dutch star footballer Ot Wieghorst scored two goals and the match was drawn 2-2 at the scheduled time. The result did not come in the extra 30 minutes. After that, Lionel Messi reached the semi-finals as the second team after defeating the Netherlands 4-3 thanks to the skill of the Argentine goalkeeper Elimiliano Martinez in the tiebreaker.
In the match held at the Louisville Stadium, although the two teams played almost evenly in possession of the ball, Argentina dominated the attack. Argentine footballers were able to keep the ball for 48 percent of the entire match. And a total of five shots were taken on the opponent’s goal.
Footballers of the Netherlands managed to keep themselves under control for 52 percent of the entire match. Despite being ahead in possession of the ball, the Dutch did not have an edge in attack. Only managed to get two shots on target. And got two goals. Playing in the second quarter-final, Argentina got a chance to score in the 23rd minute of the match. Messi’s shot from outside the D box goes over the goal. Two minutes later, Dutch star Baruin’s shot also went over the goal bar.
However, Lionel Scaloni’s men got the desired goal in the 35th minute of the match. Messi pulled the ball alone from midfield. Molina turned it into the goal with no hesitation when De Baire made a spectacular pass through the legs of three defenders from the outside. The first half ended with a 1-0 goal difference.
The Netherlands are desperate to get back on par. But the Dutch footballers could not take advantage of the attack. One more goal in the 73rd minute of the opposite match. At this time, the Dutch defender illegally blocked Aquina inside the D-box. The referee immediately gave a penalty. Lionel Messi doubled the gap with a goal from the spot kick.
At one time, it seemed that Argentina was going to get an easy victory. But the drama of the game is still there. In the 83rd minute of the match, Dutch star footballer Ot Wieghorst reduced the gap. And Wieghorst scored the second goal for himself and the team in extra time. The match ended 2-2 after extra time. But if no one can secure victory even in extra 30 minutes, the game is decided by tiebreaker.
Argentina XI (Formation 4-3-3):
Emiliano Martinez (goalkeeper), Nicolas Otamendi, Romero, Lisandro Martinez, Marcos Acuna, Molina, Rodrigo de Paul, Enzo Fernandez, Alexis McAllister, Lionel Messi, Alvarez.
Netherlands XI (Formation 3-4-2-1):
Andres Knoppert, Virgil von Dyck, Nathan AK, Jurin Timber, Frankie de Jong, Maarten de Roon, Barwin, Daly Blind, Denzel Dumfries, Memphis Depay, Cody Gakpo.
Coach: Louis von Gaal.
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