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‘FIFA must take care of this referee’: Messi lashes out after Argentina beat Netherlands on penalties to reach semis

Argentina stormed into the semi-final of the FIFA World Cup 2022 with a thrilling win over Netherlands via penalty shootout late on Friday night time. With the heroics of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, the South American group saved two targets within the penalty shootout and received after being levelled at 2-2 in further time. Dutch striker Wout Weghorst scored two targets whereas Nahuel Molina and Lionel Messi had been the goal-scorers for Argentina.

With the semi-final spot at stake, the match was performed neck-to-neck and 14 yellow playing cards had been proven within the match by the referee. There had been a number of fights that broke out between the 2 sides, none biggger than the one within the 89th minute when the Netherlands dugout charged onto the pitch.

Argentina gamers had been seen mocking the shattered Netherlands footballers after the profitable penalty, angering Dutch defender Denzel Dumfries. He was given the pink card after an indignant outburst.

After all this, Argentina captain Messi lashed out at referee Mateu Lahoz after the match was over. The star footballer mentioned that the referee didn’t do his job correctly in a vital match and urged FIFA to take motion.

“I don’t want to speak about referees because after they will sanction you. But people saw what happened. I think FIFA must take care of this. It cannot put a referee like that for a match of such magnitude, of such importance. The referee cannot fail to be up to the task,” Messi mentioned after the match.

Elaborating additional, the Argentina striker mirrored on the group’s efficiency. He highlighted how Argentina was main by 2-0 until a lot of the second half after which conceded two targets to take the match to further time which then went into penalty kicks.

“A variety of pleasure and aid. It wasn’t to go to penalty kicks. We suffered an excessive amount of for the way it all occurred. But it’s the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Going via is essentially the most lovely and spectacular factor. Argentina is among the many prime 4, as a result of we present recreation after recreation that we all know the right way to play every recreation with the identical depth, with the identical will,” mentioned Messi.

Argentina will now face off towards Croatia within the semifinal on Wednesday, December 14.


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