Lionel Messi, Argentina beat Netherlands on punishments at World Cup
Lionel Messi’s journey to win the World Cup moves into the elimination rounds after Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-3 in a punishment shootout Friday.
Messi changed over his punishment in the shootout and Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez saved two endeavors. Lautaro Martinez scored the securing punishment.
The match completed 2-2 after additional time, with Messi scoring one objective and setting up another. The Netherlands leveled in the eleventh moment of last part stoppage time.
Argentina will play Croatia in the elimination rounds on Tuesday after the 2018 next in line beat Brazil before Friday.
It is just the second time Argentina has arrived at the last four beginning around 1990. In 2014, Messi was essential for the group that lost to Germany in the last.
He searches in the mind-set to arrive again in a competition that he is transforming into his very own feature reel.
At the point when Lautaro Martinez’s punishment hit the net, Messi didn’t go to the striker — in contrast to the remainder of the group — yet ran to his goalkeeper and hopped into his arms.
Messi had created an entrancing piece of expertise to define up the initial objective for Nahuel Molina in the 35th moment and afterward changed over a punishment in the 73rd to make it 2-0 with his fourth objective of the current year’s Reality Cup.
It took him to 10 objectives On the planet Cup, attached with Gabriel Batistuta for the most for Argentina, and 94 objectives altogether in his 169 global games.
The game was taken to additional time following an objective somewhere down in last part stoppage time by Wout Weghorst, who entered as a substitute in the 78th and made it 2-1 five minutes after the fact.
It was the most recent last part objective scored in a knockout-stage game at a World Cup and was cunningly worked, with Teun Koopmeiners bluffing to twist a free kick into the area just to play it short and hoodwink the Argentine protection. Weghorst took a touch, held off his marker and opened home a completion on the stretch.
Thed game highlighted 17 yellow cards, including one for Messi, who had blood coming from his upper lip at one phase.
Enzo Fernandes hit the post close to the furthest limit of additional time and was the main Argentina player to neglect to score in the shootout.
The misfortune finished 71-year-old Louis van Gaal’s third spell accountable for the Netherlands.