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Netherlands – Argentina NOW in the live ticker: Messi stroke of genius! Albiceleste leads Created: 09/12/2022, 20:53 By: Marius Epp Lionel Messi in a duel with Frenkie de Jong. © IMAGO/Adam Davy Lionel Messi is three wins short of the long-awaited World Cup title with Argentina. The Netherlands stands in the way of the superstar. The World Cup round of 16 in the live ticker. Football World Cu



Netherlands – Argentina NOW in the live ticker: Messi stroke of genius!

Albiceleste leads

Created: 09/12/2022, 20:53

By: Marius Epp

Lionel Messi in a duel with Frenkie de Jong.

© IMAGO/Adam Davy

Lionel Messi is three wins short of the long-awaited World Cup title with Argentina.

The Netherlands stands in the way of the superstar.

The World Cup round of 16 in the live ticker.

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Netherlands 0-1 Argentina (-:-)

Lineup Netherlands

Noppert - Timber, van Dijk, Aké - Dumfries, de Roon, de Jong, Blind - Gakpo - Bergwijn, Depay

Lineup Argentina

E. Martínez - Molina, Romero, Otamendi, L. Martínez, Acuña - de Paul, Fernández, Mac Allister - Álvarez, Messi

Gates

0-1 Molina (35')

HALFTIME!

Break in Lusail, Messi and Argentina take a first, small step into the semifinals.

45th Minute:

The Netherlands hardly ever goes offensive – only one shot on goal has been recorded so far.

That's where the general has to start during the break.

45 minutes:

Alvarez also sees a yellow card for pulling his jersey.

Referee Lahoz has things to do.

45 minutes:

Now it rains yellow cards: Romero stops an attack with his hand and is warned.

That's how Acuna and Timber see the yellow box.

43 minutes:

Argentina have the game under control and it doesn't look like Oranje will recover from the deficit before the break.

Work awaits Louis van Gaal.

40 minutes:

Messi continues!

The PSG star feeds to the left, feeds to the right and then shoots from the turn.

But Noppert has no problems with the flat finish in the middle.

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35 minutes: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOR for Argentina!

A stroke of genius from Messi gives the Albiceleste the lead!

The captain doesn't score the goal himself, but puts on a dream for Molina.

Messi grabs the ball, pulls in and plays a perfect pass to Molina, who is passing through.

Molina, of all people, whom Messi had given an evil look a few minutes earlier.

Argentina leads!

33 minutes:

Gakpo has the chance to switch.

But his pass to Bergwijn is too imprecise.

Martinez intercepts the ball and it quickly goes the other way.

De Paul comes to a conclusion that gets too central.

No problem for Noppert.

32 minutes:

The Argentine bench is too loud for the referee Lahoz, there is a warning in Spanish.

30 minutes:

Molina overlooks Messi, which is promptly acknowledged by the national hero with an evil look.

He will probably get the next ball.

28 minutes:

No scoring chances on either side so far.

Both the Netherlands and Argentina approach the quarter-finals in a very disciplined manner and do not give their opponents any space in the last third.

24 minutes:

Bergwijn and Depay work their way to the edge of the penalty area with a one-two, Bergwijn pulls away – the ball goes two or three meters wide.

23 minutes:

Both teams attack with a very measured risk.

The motto is clear: First of all, don't allow anything.

22 minutes:

Messi with the first shot on goal!

The superstar tries it from 30 meters - well over it.

20 minutes:

The Netherlands comes into play better.

Bergwijn earns the first corner, but it doesn't become dangerous.

18 minutes:

Bergwijn starts deep and is also served – but Argentina goalkeeper Mertinez is quick on his feet and intercepts the through ball.

The Dutchman's first goal approach!

17 minutes:

Things get down to business in midfield, with both teams fighting hard.

Referee Lahoz still gets by without a warning.

15 minutes:

The Netherlands has problems building up the game, Argentina puts pressure on early on.

The Albiceleste got off to a better start.

10 minutes:

Argentina presses!

Messi serves Acuna, but what the left-back makes of it is clearly not enough.

His cross lands halfway up in the middle of nowhere.

9 minutes:

madness!

Holland keeper Noppert plays a hair-raising ball out from behind and is lucky that Alvarez doesn't react quickly enough.

No, he can't play that.

That was the last warning shot for him.

6 minutes:

Both teams are still a bit nervous and are concerned about defensive safety.

Argentina has more possession.

4 minutes:

Gakpo and Martinez bang their heads.

Painful, but it goes on for both of them.

Referee Mateu Lahoz from Spain runs the scene.

2. Minute:

Messi inspires the Argentinian-dominated ranks in the stadium - even if the dribbling only took place in the center circle.

WHISTLE!

The prestige duel between Argentina and the Netherlands is on.

Update 7.50pm:

It's probably Lionel Messi's last World Cup.

Will the superstar take the chance and bring home his first world title?

The magic foot will complete his 24th World Cup appearance today and draw level with Miroslav Klose.

Record holder is Lothar Matthäus with 25 missions.

If Argentina progress today, Messi will already have this record because he could then play two more games in any case.

But that is music of the future.

The Netherlands will object!

Update, 7:38 p.m .:

Eight years ago, Argentina knocked out the Netherlands in the semifinals and then failed in Germany.

In 1978, the two nations met in the World Cup final - the Albiceleste also triumphed there.

Reason enough for revenge, Oranje will think!

The ball will be rolling in less than twenty minutes.

Update, 7:25 p.m .:

The colors in Lusail are clearly distributed: ARD expert Bastian Schweinsteiger recognizes “95 percent” blue and white.

Argentina fans had reason to celebrate even before kick-off as nemesis Brazil failed.

But Messi and Co. have to do better first to reach the semifinals against Croatia.

Update from December 9, 7:06 p.m.:

While the top favorites for the World Cup, Brazil, have just been eliminated on penalties against Croatia, the line-ups for the second quarter-finals tonight are set!

Surprise for the Argentines: Coach Lionel Scaloni obviously doesn't want to let anything burn at the back and for the first time in the tournament uses a five-man chain.

On the offensive, the in-form Lionel Messi and Julian Alvarez should do it.

Louis van Gaal also has five men in defense when opponents have possession.

The full-backs Daley Blind and Denzel Dumfries should also set offensive accents.

Steven Bergwijn moves into the team up front.

Davy Klaassen is on the bench for this.

First report from December 9th:

Lusail - A historic duel in the quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup - that's how the football god wanted it.

Coaching legend Louis van Gaal wants to stop the determined superstar Lionel Messi on his way to his first world title.

There is no real favorite between the Netherlands and Argentina.

Both teams needed time to get up to speed in Qatar.

The Albiceleste started with an embarrassment against Saudi Arabia, Oranje convinced in the first two group games against Senegal (2-0) and against Ecuador (1-1) at best on results.

World Cup quarter-finals: Netherlands have “settlements to settle” against Argentina

"We have scores to settle," announced Bonds coach van Gaal before the game at the Lusail Iconic Stadium.

The bill dates back almost eight and a half years.

In the fifth World Cup duel between the two nations, Argentina prevailed in the semifinals in 2014, but then lost to Germany in the final in Rio.

In 1978 Argentina won the final on home soil against the Dutch after extra time. 

Lionel Messi showed respect: "A great team, with great players and a great coach," the seven-time world footballer praised the Dutch: "It will be very difficult." The exceptional footballer carries an entire nation on his narrow shoulders, the pressure is immense .

And he delivers: His three goals were decisive for entering the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

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Louis van Gaal is well prepared - with insider tips from Bastian Schweinsteiger

Louis van Gaal grinned, flirted with age and looks and, before the quarter-final smash against Argentina, even left an option open in the event of an early World Cup exit.

"If a really interesting offer comes along, I could continue as a coach.

I'm 71 years young, I'm still good looking and incredibly young."

In the best of moods and with insider tips from multiple Argentina winner Bastian Schweinsteiger in mind (“It’s a private matter”), van Gaal made it clear one day before the historic duel between the Netherlands and the South Americans: “The tournament is now really starting for us."

(epp/dpa)

Source: merkur

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