FIFA WC: Argentina Kicks Out Netherlands to Enter into Semifinals

10 December, 2022 | Pranay Lad

Argentina Sports

After a dramatic 2-2 draw that went into extra time on Saturday at Lusail Stadium, Argentina advanced to the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup by defeating the Netherlands.

At the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Argentina defeated the Netherlands 4-3 on penalties after a dramatic 2-2 draw that went into extra time on Saturday at Lusail Stadium. Argentina, therefore, advanced to the semifinals.

The majority of the ball was in possession of the Dutch throughout the first 10 minutes of the game. The Dutch goalkeeper Andries Noppert’s ball to a defender in the eighth minute turned out to be too near to Argentina’s Julian Alvarez inside the box, but nothing occurred. Only one effort was made by each team, and it was by the two-time champions Argentina, but it missed its mark.

Dutch began to control possession more after the ten-minute point. The midfield saw a lot of action.

When Steven Bergwijn was inside the Argentine box in the 18th minute, Jurrien Timber made a fantastic long pass to him, but goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was able to grab the ball from the edge of the area.

The Netherlands won a corner in the 21st minute, but Argentina efficiently cleared the area.

While evading Marten de Roon, star forward Messi attempted a long-range goal, but his attempt was well off target.

The Netherlands also missed an opportunity to score in the 24th minute. Memphis Depay received the ball with his left foot, but his shot was well too wide.

At the edge of Argentina’s box, Cody Gakpo received an aerial pass from Nathan Ake, but the teenage striker tripped Cristian Romero, awarding Argentina a free kick.

The Dutch had the ball for over 60% of the opening 30 minutes, but no shots were on goal.

In the 35th minute of the game, Lionel Messi made an outstanding assist. The renowned striker, who was able to identify Nahuel Molina, made excellent use of the large space available to send the ball to Molina, who grabbed onto it and beat goalie Noppert to score it 1-0.

In the 40th minute, Messi was supplied by Alvarez within the Dutch penalty area. Messi attempted to shoot, but Noppert easily stopped him. Timber, a Dutch athlete, received a caution.

The halt time was extended by five minutes.

Later, the Argentine Romero was the one to receive a booking, and in the 47th, Wout Weghorst was as well. Yellow cards were pouring down.

The result at the end of the first half was 1-0 in favour of Argentina, who had just 42% of the ball possession to the Dutch’s 58%. There were two yellow cards for each side. The Netherlands had 0 successful shots on target compared to Argentina’s three.

Messi dribbled from deep and passed to Mac Allister in the 59th minute. The Netherlands had completely exposed themselves, but De Paul, who was given an opportunity, was unable to score.

Argentina was awarded a free kick in the 61st minute of the game after Virgil van Dijk fouled Messi. The free kick was taken by the team’s best striker, but it missed the crossbar.

Marcos Acuna was fouled by Dumfries in the Netherlands’ penalty area, giving Argentina a penalty in the 71st minute. Messi converted the penalty kick in the 73rd minute to add to his tally of 10 goals for Argentina at the World Cup, tying him with former Argentina star Gabriel Batistuta for the team’s most goals ever.

Messi continues his incredible performance in the competition by contributing to two and scoring four of his team’s nine goals thus far.

Wout Weghorst’s goal in the 83rd minute, which was well beyond goalkeeper Martinez’s reach, gave the Netherlands a chance to tie the score. Argentina led the game 2-1, but they were on the verge of some tense moments in the closing stages as the prospect of an equaliser hung over them.

After 90 minutes, 10 minutes of stoppage time were added. The Dutch were given a free kick for a foul at the edge of their box in the first minute, which caused a little panic for Argentina. Bergwijn grabbed it and slammed it into an Argentinean wall.

The Dutch attempted many movements into the Argentinian box in an attempt to score an equaliser, but to no effect.

The Netherlands received a free kick on the outside of the box in the 100th minute of play. With a score from the free kick, Weghorst forced overtime. The final score was 2-2, a tie.

Although there was a lot of very heated play from both teams in the first half of extra time, no goals were scored despite their desperation to seize the lead.
The second half ended in a deadlock as well, and penalties were now needed to determine who would advance to the semifinals.

The Dutch team’s first player up was Van Dijk, and the goalkeeper blocked his shot. Argentina took the opening penalty shot, and Messi converted it to go up 1-0.

Martinez miraculously saved a shot from Steven Berghuis in the Dutch team’s second penalty attempt to save them from scoring. After Leandro Paredes blasted one straight into the goal, Argentina increased their lead to 2-0.

Teun Koopmeiners scored from the Dutch’s third penalty to keep the game alive. But Gonzalo Montiel scored Argentina’s third consecutive goal to raise the score 3-1 and give the Messi-led team a commanding lead.

Weghorst scored once again, this time in penalty kicks, to maintain the score for the Netherlands at 2-3. Argentina’s Enzo Fernandez missed a penalty shot, maintaining a score of 2-3.

There was one more penalty for each team. De Jong tied the game for the Dutch with a goal, but Argentina advanced to the semifinals with a goal from Lautaro Martinez, making the final score 4-3 in their favour.