FULL-TIME, Netherlands 2-2 Argentina (NED 3-4 ARG pens): One of the greatest knockout stage matches in World Cup history needed 120 wild minutes and a dramatic penalty shootout, but Lionel Messi’s quest for his first World Cup continues as the GOAT stepped up, scored two big penalties and led his team to the semi- final. Frenkie De Jong and Memphis Depay’s journey in Qatar comes to an end, but the Dutch gave everything they had today. What an incredible game.
PENALTY SHOOTOUT: ARGENTINA WIN 4-3 ON PENALTY!
FULL-TIME, Netherlands 2-2 Argentina (AET): Just as they did in the semi-finals in Brazil eight years ago, these two will decide their World Cup future with a penalty shootout!
EXTRA-TIME KICKOFF! Netherlands 2-2 Argentina: And we’re underway for the extra period! May the final 30 minutes be as incredible as the first 90!
FULL-TIME, Netherlands 2-2 Argentina: We are going to extra-time! A remarkable finish to a memorable quarterfinal and we have 30 more minutes to play!
GOAL!!! Netherlands 2-2 Argentina (Weghorst 90+11′): THE DUTCH EQUALIZE!!! INCREDIBLE!!! A genius free-kick routine ends with the ball at the feet of Weghorst who scores his second of the night in the 100th minute of regulation!
GOAL!!! Netherlands 1-2 Argentina (Weghorst 83′): GAME ON!!! This one is not over yet as a cross from Berghuis finds Wout Weghorst who heads it home and sets up a dramatic finish!
GOAL!!! Netherlands 0-2 Argentina (Messi pen 73′): ARGENTINA DOUBLE THE LEAD!!! Messi steps up to the spot, freezes goalkeeper Noppert in the middle of the goal and finds the corner to seal the win!
71′ PENALTY TO ARGENTINA! Denzel Dumfries brings down Marcos Acuña inside the box and Mateu Lahoz points to the spot!
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Netherlands 0-1 Argentina: Back underway in Al Daayen!
HALFTIME, Netherlands 0-1 Argentina: An excellent first half in which Argentina had the better chances and took a deserved lead thanks to some Messi Magic, but the Dutch are very much still in it and won’t go away.
GOAL!!! Netherlands 0-1 Argentina (Molina 35′): ARGENTINA TAKES THE LEAD!!! Lionel Messi plays a majestic through ball in between three Dutch defenders to find Nahuel Molina who gets to the ball before Van Dijk and the keeper and fires it home!
KICK OFF! Netherlands 0-0 Argentina: And we’re underway in Al Daayen!
THE 2022 WORLD CUP QUARTERFINALS ARE HERE!!! The eight nations still alive after a thrilling Round of 16 in Qatar fight for a spot in the Final Four of the world’s greatest sports tournament, and the matchup Barcelona fans are most looking forward to is here.
The Lusail Stadium in Al Daayen is the site of a giant clash between the Netherlands and Argentina in a repeat of their unforgettable 2014 semifinal in Brazil, which the Albiceleste won on penalties after 120 thrilling minutes of action.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the same script play out again, since these two teams feel very even coming into this one. The Dutch cruised past the United States in their best performance of the tournament so far, and Argentina made their Round of 16 clash against Australia a lot tougher than it needed to be and proved they are vulnerable despite being one of the big favorites.
Frenkie De Jong and Lionel Messi were teammates at Barcelona and it will be strange to see them against each other, and Memphis Depay will also represent the Blaugrana and try to break the hearts of Culers who want to see Messi win his first World Cup.
This might just be the very best of the four quarterfinals, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment on all the action. Let’s go!
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Starting XI: Noppert; Timber, Van Dijk, Aké; Dumfries, De Roon, De Jong, Blind; Gakpo; Bergwijn, Memphis (3-4-1-2)
Substitutes: Pasveer (GK), Bijlow (GK), De Ligt, De Vrij, Malacia, Frimpong, Berghuis, Klaassen, Koopmeiners, Taylor, L. De Jong, Lang, Janssen, Weghorst, Simons
Starting XI: E. Martínez; Romero, Otamendi, L. Martínez; Molina, De Paul, E. Fernández, McAllister, Acuña; Messi, J. Alvarez (3-5-2)
Substitutes: Armani (GK), Rulli (GK), Foyth, Tagliafico, Montiel, Pezzella, Paredes, Palacios, Almada, G. Rodríguez, Dybala, Di María, Á. Correa, P. Gómez, Lautaro
Competition/Round: 2022 FIFA World Cup, Quarterfinals, Match 2
Date/Time: Friday, December 9, 2022, 10pm local time, 2pm ET, 11am PT (USA), 8pm WAT (Nigeria), 12.30am IST (India, Saturday)
Venue: Lusail Stadium, Al Daayen
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
HOW TO WATCH
On TV: FOX (USA), SuperSport (Nigeria), Sports18 (India), others
Online: FOX Sports App, Sling TV (sign up here) (USA), others
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