After lambasting Louis van Gaal’s team for their direct attitude in Argentina’s dramatic and fiery quarterfinal triumph on Friday evening in Lusail, Lionel Messi has turned the screws on the Netherlands’ World Cup elimination. When brilliantly threading a pass through the Dutch defense to set up Nahuel Molina for Argentina’s first-half goal, Messi calmly converted a penalty after Denzel Dumfries fouled Marcos Acuna in the 73rd minute.
Before substitute Wout Weghorst’s header stirred them into action and he rolled the ball past goalkeeper Emi Martinez late in stoppage time to force extra time, the Netherlands had barely troubled Argentina during the game. Messi was displeased with Van Gaal’s use of a route one football to get the Dutch back into the game when he scored in the subsequent shootout.
You can’t be truthful, therefore I won’t bring up the referee. FIFA needs to give this some thought because they can’t assign a referee who isn’t capable of handling these situations if you talk. Messi signaled to Van Gaal that he “speaks too much” at the conclusion of a game rife with hatred after he cupped his ear to the Netherlands’ bench after scoring his penalty during the match.
Messi’s Argentina beat the Netherlands on penalties
Inciting such a scathing response was Van Gaal himself, who said to the Dutch news outlet NOS prior to the game: “Messi is definitely the most dangerous player who creates the most opportunities and also makes them himself. On the other hand, when he gets the ball, he does not play with the opposition too much. Additionally, it is where our chances are. In Messi’s opinion, Argentina’s drive for World Cup victory is motivated by Diego Maradona’s spirit.
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The famous Maradona led Argentina to a World Cup victory in 1986 before passing away in November 2020 at 60. Diego is watching over us from above. He is pushing us, and I truly hope that this continues “Messi stated. On Tuesday, Argentina will play Croatia for a spot in the championship after Croatia defeated Brazil on penalties earlier. In front of the throngs of Argentina supporters, Messi raised his arms in celebration, his chances of winning football’s top award at the fifth attempt still alive for at least a few more days.
The 35-year-old continued, “Argentina is among the four finest in the world because they demonstrate that they understand how to play every game with the same drive and the same intensity. A great deal of joy and happiness. We had to endure even though there was no need for overtime or penalties. However, we succeeded, and that is impressive.
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Antonio Mateu Lahoz was deemed “useless” by Argentina’s heroic penalty-kick hero Emi Martinez after the Spanish official issued a record number of yellow cards during Argentina’s thrilling victory. After the quarterfinal ended 2-2 after extra time, goalkeeper Martinez saved penalties from Virgil van Dijk and Steven Berghuis before Lautaro Martinez netted the deciding spot-kick to clinch them a 4-3 shootout victory.
The most cards ever shown to players entering the field of play were 15 in this World Cup match, surpassing the 12 yellow and 2 red cards shown in Cameroon’s match against Germany in 2002. The Aston Villa goalkeeper stated, “I thought we controlled the game pretty well. We were up 2-0 and the ref was giving everything for them. “They receive a terrific header, but it spun around, and the referee gave 10 minutes without cause. He really just wanted them to score, so hopefully, we no longer have that stupid referee.
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I heard Van Gaal say that if they go to penalties, they will win. I think he has to keep his mouth shut,” a fan said. Van Gaal’s third stint as a coach came to an end with the loss, which was his first in 20 games since taking over as Netherlands manager in August 2021. Before the competition, it was announced that Ronald Koeman will succeed Louis van Gaal as manager of the Netherlands following the World Cup.
After hiding his prostate cancer diagnosis from his team during their World Cup qualification campaign, Van Gaal confirmed it in April of this year. The former Manchester United manager declared: “First and foremost, because I only served as the team’s head coach at this time, I will not be continuing in that role.
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