Argentina claimed a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Netherlands on Friday to say a spot within the World Cup semifinals after initially throwing away a two-goal lead in a late collapse in regulation time.
Lionel Messi supplied an excellent help with a gently threaded move to defender Nahuel Molina who slotted previous goalkeeper Andries Noppert handy Argentina a first-half lead. The Paris Saint-Germain ahead added Argentina’s second on 73 minutes with a well-taken penalty.
Wout Weghorst scored a header on 82 to claw one again for Netherlands to arrange a tense finish that repeatedly boiled over. Netherlands had been handed a remaining lifeline with what seemed to be the final kick of the match when midfielder Teun Koopmeiners stepped as much as take a free-kick on the sting of the field earlier than sliding a move underneath the wall and slotted residence by Weghorst.
Each side got here agonisingly near netting a winner in extra-time, however neither may edge forward as the sport went to penalties.
Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk and winger Steven Berghuis missed the facet’s opening two penalties, whereas Argentina transformed their first three earlier than Enzo Fernandez missed their fourth. Nonetheless, striker Lauturo Martinez stepped up and slotted residence to safe a drama-filled victory and arrange a semifinal conflict with Croatia on Tuesday.
The loss for Netherlands eliminates them from the event, in addition to signalling the top of head coach Louis van Gaal’s third spell in cost. The 71-year-old coach, who’s present process therapy for prostate most cancers, had already made clear forward of the event this could be his final in cost.