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Watch: Lionel Messi’s furious hand gesture towards Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal after Argentina win, video viral

Tempers flared within the closing minutes of the FIFA World Cup quarterfinal during which Argentina beat Netherlands 4-3 on penalties to qualify for the semifinals. And Lionel Messi was on the centre of it. Messi, who assisted the primary purpose for Argentina scored by Nahuel Molina after which transformed a penalty stroke to offer his facet a 2-0 lead earlier than two late objectives from substitute Wout Weghorst pushed the match into further time, took exception to what Netherlands Louis van Gaal coach needed to say about him previous to the match, and conveyed his feeling via a hand gesture after the win.

Van Gaal had mentioned that Messi would not have a job to play when the ball is not in Argentina’s possession and the 35-year-old star Argentina star ensured he celebrated his purpose proper in entrance of the Dutch coach and later confronted him after the match. In a video that has gone viral, Messi may very well be seen mouthing a number of phrases in direction of van Gaal after the match, accompanied by a hand gesture that signifies ‘extreme chirping’. In one other video, Messi, who normally cuts and calm and composed determine, whereas being interviewed after the match, directed a number of slangs on the Netherlands dugout as effectively.

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“I feel disrespected by Van Gaal after his pregame comments and some Dutch players spoke too much during the game. Van Gaal sells that he plays good football and then he puts forwards in the box and starts throwing long balls. We deserved to go through and that’s what happened,” he mentioned after the match.

The fierce aggressive nature of the match may very well be gauged by the truth that as many as 19 playing cards had been handed out. As the knockout conflict entered its dying minutes, heated exchanges and tough bodily contacts acquired extra frequent. Things reached a crescendo when after Messi ran in direction of Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to rejoice the win, a struggle broke out on the different facet of the pitch between gamers of each camps. Questions had been additionally raised of Spanish goalkeeper Antonio Mateu Lahoz however Messi selected to stay tight-lipped about him.

“I don’t want to talk about the referee because you can’t be honest. If you talk they sanction you; FIFA must think about it, they can’t put a referee who isn’t up to the task for these instances,” he mentioned.

Argentina at the moment are simply two steps away from successful the primary World Cup since 1986. They got here shut in 2014 however misplaced to Germany 0-1 within the closing. But the highway forward is for certain to be difficult for Messi and his staff as Argentina now face Croatia – who defeated Brazil in one other traditional earlier within the day – within the first semifinal.

“We didn’t expect to go to extra time, let alone to penalties. We suffered, but we are playing a World Cup quarterfinal. Argentina shows game by game that we know how to play. We came out with intensity and desire and we understood the moments of the game. We needed this and we are happy the whole country is celebrating now. [Martinez] once again showed that he’s the best saving penalties,” mentioned Messi.


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