A whopping 16 yellow playing cards and one purple card was proven in a sensationally dramatic and ill-tempered quarter-final between Argentina and the Netherlands, on the finish of which the previous gained 4-3 on penalties. Argentina had a 2-0 lead, which they received to due to a aim from Nahuel Molina within the first half that was made and placed on a plate by their captain Lionel Messi earlier than the latter transformed a penalty within the second half. But they squandered it within the dying phases of regular time, with the Netherlands scoring the equaliser by a cheeky free-kick routine within the final seconds of added time.
The penalty shootout after extra-time was additionally a see-saw affair, on the finish of which Argentina gained 4-3. While the remainder of his teammates ran in the direction of Lautaro Martinez, who had taken the successful penalty kick, Messi could possibly be seen operating in the direction of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who had made two sensational saves to start with of the shootout to place Argentina in entrance.
Tempers flared on numerous events all through the match and all of it appeared to boil over at that second in addition to Netherlands gamers could possibly be seen clashing with the Argentinians on the different finish whereas Messi was first celebrating together with his goalkeeper, after which with the followers earlier than operating to the remainder of his teammates. The fracas ended with Netherlands’ Denzel Dumfries being proven a purple card.
The first actual flare-up within the match got here within the 89th minute of regulation time when Argentian the place 2-1 forward. It occurred when Argentina’s Leandro Paredes slided in dangerously for a deal with on Nathan Ake close to the Netherlands dugout. He then proceeded to kick the ball into the dugout, resulting in to the Dutch bench pouring out and charging in the direction of him.
Netherlands captain Virgil Van Dijk additionally slammed into Paredes within the ensuing chaos, resulting in the Paris St Germain midfielder being thrown to the bottom. There was then a coming collectively between the 2 sides after that nearly each time the referee blew the whistle for full time or the top every half of extra-time.