Photos: Messi’s Argentina defeat Netherlands in shootout | In Pictures News

Argentina goalkeeper Emi Martinez saved penalties from Virgil van Dijk and Steven Berghuis earlier than Lautaro Martinez scored the profitable spot kick to safe them a 4-3 shootout win over the Netherlands on Friday after their World Cup quarter-final completed 2-2 after 120 minutes.

In a scrappy half-hour of additional time with the scores degree, Enzo Fernandez rattled the publish within the closing seconds whereas Martinez and German Pezzella additionally had efforts blocked or parried away as Argentina desperately pushed for a winner.

The Netherlands had not often troubled Argentina through the match earlier than substitute Wout Weghorst’s header within the 83rd minute sparked them into life and he rolled the ball previous Martinez deep into stoppage time to ship the sport into further time.

Argentina captain Lionel Messi had fantastically arrange Nahuel Molina for his or her first-half opener, threading a chic move by means of the Dutch defence, earlier than coolly slotting in a penalty within the 73rd minute after Denzel Dumfries fouled Marcos Acuna.

Argentina will subsequent face Croatia, who beat Brazil on penalties earlier, on Tuesday for a spot within the ultimate.

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