Messi’s Argentina beats Netherlands on penalties after hard-fought match

Lionel Messi’s quest to win the World Cup strikes into the semifinals after Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-3 in a penalty shootout Friday.

Messi transformed his penalty within the shootout, and Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez saved two makes an attempt. Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez scored the clinching penalty.

Argentina led 2-0 earlier than being pegged again within the last seconds of the sport, due to a brace from Wout Weghorst, who got here on within the 78th minute rather than Memphis Depay.

The Beşiktaş striker — on mortgage from English Championship’s Burnley — headed residence within the 83rd minute and equalised with an surprising mixture from a free kick within the unprecedented eleventh minute of additional time.

It was the second additional time of the day, with the Croatians additionally going to a penalty shoot-out to remove favourites Brazil earlier on Friday.

The match didn’t move with out incidents, and the referee doled out a complete of 14 yellow playing cards — seven for the Argentinians and one other seven for the Oranje, two of which got after the penalty shootout.

Additionally, a fan ran onto the sphere within the seventy fifth minute of the match, simply after Lionel Messi transformed a penalty kick for a 2-0 lead.

The spectator wore a light-weight blue shirt that he began to take off when he was tackled by safety. The sport resumed after a brief break.

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