Argentina held their nerves within the quarter-final of the FIFA World Cup 2022 towards Netherlands and received 4-3 through penalties after scores had been degree at 2-2 in further time. Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez saved two penalty kicks within the shootout to assist his workforce attain the semi-final. The match noticed a number of tense moments as 14 yellow playing cards had been proven by the referee.
With objectives from Nahuel Molina and Lionel Messi, Argentina led by 2-0 until the 83rd minute of the match when Netherlands’ Wout Weghorst scored a objective to carry the equation to 2-1. Weghorst scored once more within the 90+11′ minute to degree the scoreline in probably the most dramatic method potential and ship the match into further time. Both groups competed neck-to-neck within the further time too however could not rating the successful objective which despatched the match into penalty shootouts.
Netherlands missed the primary two penalty kicks to lag behind 2-0 within the penalty shootout. They transformed remainder of the three penalties however it wasn’t sufficient to win the match. Netherlands supervisor Louis van Gaal spoke to media after the match and highlighted the terrific battle that his gamers showcased on the sector. He additionally talked in regards to the preparations of the workforce for the quarterfinal.
“I had asked the players to train penalties at their club and they did that. It was a fantastic achievement to come back from 0-2 down to 2-2 but then to lose on penalties is tough,” said Van Gaal.
“I can’t blame myself, I think, we prepared everything. My players fought to the end and they are dead in the changing room. They gave everything and I’m really proud, we didn’t lose in 20 matches,” he mentioned of his document in his third spell as Dutch coach.
“In the shootout we missed the first two penalties and that put pressure on the rest of the penalty takers. It is still a lottery and luckily for them (Argentina) they won,” he added.
The 71-year-old supervisor additional admitted that his workforce didn’t begin the sport effectively. “The problem is we were not able to find free man with the ball. I tried to solve it at halftime and we then changed our tactics three times in the second half.
“We fought unbelievably hard to come back from a 2-0 deficit against a powerful Argentina who can defend very well. In the second half we ran a lot more than Argentina and there were a few players on their last legs. We thought we’d win on penalties because of the training we’ve done,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Messi-led Argentina will now face off towards Croatia within the semifinal on Wednesday, December 14.