Argentina leads Netherlands 1-0 at the break in the FIFA World Cup quarterfinals thanks to a goal from Molina and an assist from Messi.

Argentina beat the Netherlands 1-0 in their quarterfinal match at Lusail, Qatar . Nahuel Molina scored a goal in the 35th minute of the match .

Lusail, Qatar, December 10 : Argentina took a 1-0 lead in the first half of their quarterfinal match against the Netherlands at Lusail on Saturday thanks to a strike by Nahuel Molina and a lovely assist from Lionel Messi.The Dutch enjoyed the most of the ball posesion in the first ten minutes of the game.The Men in Orange faced a nervous moment in the eighth minute when Dutch keeper Andries Nopperts passed to a defender who seemed to be too close to Argentinas Julian Alvarez inside the box, but nothing happened.Both teams attempted one goal, and it came from two-time champions Argentina, but it was far from ideal.

In the midfield, there was a lot of action.Jurrien Timber gave Steven Bergwijn, a great long pass from inside the Argentinian box, in the 18th minute, but keeper Emiliano Martinez managed to lift the ball from the box's edge.Netherlands took a corner in the 21st minute, but the Argentinian box was cleared out quickly.Messi attempted a long-range goal with a wriggling ball against Marten de Roon, but the shot went well wide of the target.

The ball was played to Memphis Depay on his left foot, but his finish was way too wide.Nathan Ake sent an aerial pass to Cody Gakpo at the edge of Argentina's box, but the young striker scraped Cristian Romero down, giving Argentina a free kick.In the first 30 minutes, the Dutch had about 60% ball possession and no shots on target were made.Lionel Messi provided an incredible assist in the 35th minute of the match.

Alvarez fed Messi inside the Dutch box in the 40th minute, but Messi managed to pierce a shot on goal, but Noppert saved it with grace.Timber, a Dutch player, was booked for five minutes in extra time.Later on, Argentinian Romero was booked, and Wout Weghorst was also booked in the 47th minute.It was raining yellow cards.

Both teams were given two yellow cards.Argentina had three shots on target, while the Netherlands had none.

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