Argentina beat the Dutch on penalties and are in the semi-finals of the World Cup

Update: 09.12.2022 23:21

Lusail (Qatar) – After the dramatic quarter-finals of the World Cup, Argentina’s footballers defeated the Netherlands on penalties 4:3 and will play for medals after eight years. After 90 minutes and extra time, the match ended 2:2, although the South Americans led by two goals. In Tuesday’s semi-final, the Argentines will meet the Croatians. Today in Qatar, the defenders of the silver eliminated favored Brazil on penalty kicks.

Nahuel Molina put Argentina in the lead in the 35th minute with his first national team goal. In the 73rd minute, Lionel Messi added from a penalty kick. 10 minutes later, substitute Wout Weghorst scored, who then equalized in the 11th minute.

In the shootout, Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez saved the opening two attempts of the Dutch. His namesake Lautaro scored the winning penalty.

“Oranje” lost after 19 matches for the first time since last June, when they were defeated by Czech footballers in the round of 16 of the European Championship. They also failed against Argentina in the semi-final penalty shootout at the 2014 World Cup.

The match did not offer a more interesting event for a long time. In the 35th minute, Argentina made the first serious chance. Messi found the onrushing Molina and the Atlético Madrid defender or midfielder in time and successfully finished in front of the onrushing stopper Van Dijk.

Even after changing sides, other opportunities were waiting. In the 63rd minute, Messi fired over the free kick. Eight minutes later, Dumfries fouled Acuňa on the edge of the box and referee Lahoz awarded a penalty kick. Messi faced him for the third time in the tournament and he did not hesitate the second time. With his tenth goal for Argentina at the world championship, he equaled the previous national record holder Batistuta. At the same time, he is one shot short of the best scorer in Qatar, the Frenchman Mbappé, his club mate from Paris St. Germaine.

The Dutch added to the tempo and came within striking distance after the action of two substitutes. Berghuis crossed and Weghorst made no mistake with his header. Substitute Luuk de Jong immediately fired into the side netting. Subsequently, a commotion broke out between the players on the field, when the Argentine Paredes fouled Akého and kicked the ball to the Dutch substitute.

Referee Lahoz set 10 minutes and “Oranje” received an equalizing goal after its expiration. Substitute Koopmeiners surprisingly did not shoot from a free kick from a good distance, but chose a pass to Weghorst. That was not saved by Fernández and the Istanbul Besiktas striker beat Emiliano Martínez for the second time.

In the second overtime, Argentina applied the pressure. First, substitute Lautaro Martínez shot in the box, but stopper Van Dijk blocked his shot for a corner. Fernández’s spot-kick went over. At the end of extra time, Dutch goalkeeper Noppert saved both Lautar Martínez’s shot from a distance and Di Marío’s curled shot from the corner. Fernández then hit the bar from distance.

The Dutch did not convert the opening two penalties. Goalkeeper Martínez made a great save against Van Dijk and Berghuis. On the contrary, the South Americans did not make a mistake in the first three attempts, including Messi. Fernández’s unconverted penalty still gave the “Oranje” a little hope, but Lautaro Martínez did not hesitate to send his country into the top four.

Netherlands – Argentina 2:2 (2:2, 0:1) after extra time, on pen. 3:4

Goals: 83. and 90.+11. Weghorst – 35. Molina, 73. Messi from pen. Penalties converted by: Koopmeiners, Weghorst, L. de Jong – Messi, Paredes, Montiel, Lautaro Martínez. Did not convert: Van Dijk, Berghuis – Fernández. Referee: Lahoz – Devís, Pérez del Palomar – Hernández (video, all Sp.). ŽK: Timber, Weghorst, Depay, Berghuis, Bergwijn, Dumfries, Lang – Samuel (assistant coach), Acuňa, Romero, Lisandro Martínez, Paredes, Scaloni (coach), Messi, Otamendi, Montiel, Pezzella. Spectators: 88,235.

Nizozemsko: Noppert – Timber, Van Dijk, Aké – Dumfries, De Roon (46. Koopmeiners), F. de Jong, Blind (64. L. de Jong) – Gakpo (113. Lang) – Bergwijn (46. Berghuis), Depay (78. Weghorst). Trener: Van Gaal.

Argentina: E. Martinez – Rosemary (78. Pezzella), Otamendi, Lisandro Martinez (112. Di Maria) – Molina (106. Montiel), De Paul (66. Paredes), Fernandez, Mac Allister, Acuňa (78. Tagliafico) – Alvarez (82. Lautaro Martinez), Messi. Coach: Scaloni.

Source: České noviny – hlavní události by

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