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Argentina Beat Netherlands on Penalties in World Cup Thriller to Secure Semifinal Spot

In a dramatic penalty shootout on Friday, Argentina defeated the Netherlands 4-3 to go to the World Cup semifinals despite blowing a two-goal advantage late in regulation time.

Argentina’s keeper Emiliano Martnez made two saves in the shootout, and Lionel Messi scored on his penalty attempt. An important penalty kick was converted by Lautaro Martinez.

Messi scored once and assisted on the other as extra time resulted in a tie. After being down by one goal, the Netherlands tied the game in the 11th minute of extra time.

Messi threaded a beautiful pass through the defense for Nahuel Molina, who beat the keeper Andries Noppert and gave Argentina the lead in the first half. The forward for Paris Saint-Germain scored Argentina’s second goal from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute.

Argentina Beat Netherlands on Penalties in World Cup Thriller to Secure Semifinal Spot

In the 73rd minute, Messi doubled the lead with his fourth goal of the tournament.

He now has 94 goals in 169 career international appearances, including a tournament-tying 10 in the World Cup.

As Messi put it after leading Argentina to its second World Cup semifinal, “we demonstrated we knew how to play every game with the same passion and the same intensity,” placing Argentina among the world’s top four teams.

“Plenty of pleasure; lots of gladness. We were spared the agony of extra time and penalty kicks. However, the fact that we succeeded speaks volumes.”

Wout Weghorst scored a header for the Netherlands in minute 82 to pull them within a goal, setting up a tense last few minutes that regularly erupted in violence.

Argentina Beat Netherlands on Penalties in World Cup Thriller to Secure Semifinal Spot

With what appeared to be the final kick of the contest, Netherlands was given a second chance when midfielder Teun Koopmeiners took a free-kick on the edge of the box, slid a pass under the wall, and Weghorst tucked it home.

At the very end of extra time, Enzo Fernandez was the lone Argentine player to miss the goal and force a shootout.

After converting their first three penalties, Argentina missed their fourth after Virgilio Fernandez and Steven Berghuis both missed from the spot for the Netherlands. However, in a dramatic finish, Lautaro Martinez scored the winner to set up Tuesday’s semi-final match against Croatia.

The Dutch are now officially out of the competition, and their coach Louis van Gaal’s third stint in charge is over with this defeat. The 71-year-old coach, who is battling prostate cancer, announced before the tournament that this would be his last.

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