Argentina claimed a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Netherlands After initially conceding a two-goal lead in a late collapse in regulation time to claim a place in the World Cup semi-finals on Friday.
Lionel Messi Provided a superb assist with a delicate threaded pass to the defender Nahuel Molina who slotted past goalkeeper andries knoppert to give Argentina the first half lead. Paris Saint Germain The forward added a second for Argentina with a penalty in the 73rd minute.
wout weghorst A header on 82 again troubled the Netherlands, ending tensions that had repeatedly boiled over. Netherlands were handed a final lifeline with the midfielder’s last kick of the match Ten Copeminers stepped up to take a free-kick on the edge of the box before slipping a pass under the wall and slotting home by Weghorst.
Both sides came very close to netting a winner in extra time, but neither could grab the lead as the game went to penalties.
netherlands guard virgil van dijk and winger steven barguis The side missed the opening two penalties, while Argentina converted their first three before Enzo Fernandez missed the fourth. However, striker Lauturo Martínez stepped home to seal a drama-filled victory and set up a semi-final clash Croatia on Tuesday.
The loss to the Netherlands saw them eliminated from the tournament, as well as signaling the end of head coach Louis van Gaal’s third spell in charge. The 71-year-old coach, who is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, had made it clear ahead of the tournament that this would be his last in charge.