Argentina defeated the Netherlands, against Croatia to qualify for the World Cup final in Qatar – Sport

Argentina’s football team defeated the Netherlands after a better penalty shootout (4:3) and thus qualified for the semi-finals of the World Cup in Qatar.

Their opponent in the duel for placement in the final will be Croatia (Tuesday, December 13), which eliminated Brazil in the first quarter-final match, also after penalty kicks.

The South American champion was close to placing among the top four teams in the tournament with goals from Molina in the 35th and Messi in the 73rd minute, but then Venghorst gave his team hope back with goals in the 83rd and 101st minutes.

However, in the penalty shootout, goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez saved the first two penalty kicks by Van Dijk and Berghuys, thus bringing Argentina a place among the top four teams in the tournament.

The coaching duel between the youngest (Scaloni) and the oldest (Van Gaal) coach of the championship was marked by the rough, sometimes “dirty” game of both teams, so the referee Laoz showed as many as 16 cards, and Dumfries a red one.

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The Argentines were the better opponent, had more possession of the ball and more chances until the moment when Leo Messi doubled their advantage.

Only at the moment when they no longer had anything to protect did the Dutch play much more aggressively, which brought them a tie in the last seconds of regulation.

In overtime, the Argentines had two great chances through Lautaro Martinez and Enco Fernandes. However, they reached the semifinals only in the last penalty shootout.

In the remaining two quarter-final duels on Saturday, Morocco – Portugal (16:00) and England – France (20:00) meet.

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