Argentina defeated the Netherlands 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out in the FIFA World Cup quarterfinals . The match ended in extra time after a thrilling 2-2 draw in Qatar .
Lusail (Qatar), December 10 : Following his team's humiliation against Argentina in the quarterfinals of the upcoming FIFA World Cup, Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal expressed disappointment with his team's results in the penalty shootouts.After playing a thrilling 2-2 draw in Qatar that ended in extra time at Lusail Stadium on Saturday, Argentina advanced to the semifinals of the forthcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar, defeating the Netherlands 4-3 by penalties, said Van Gaal, as quoted by Sky Sports.It's a shame.As a coach, I want to keep everything under control.If you miss two, you will not win anymore.He continued, You just cannot simulate such a sequence.In the first ten minutes of the match, the Dutch enjoyed the most of their ball possession.The Men in Orange were having a rough time in the eighth minute as Dutch keeper Andries Nopperts passes to a defender who was trying to get too close to Argentinas Julian Alvarez inside the box, but nothing happened.There was only one attempt from both teams, two-time champions Argentina, but it was not on target. The midfield was packed with games, including a great long pass to Steven Bergwijn, who was inside the Argentinian box, but keeper Emiliano Martinez was able to keep the ball from falling into the box in the 21st minute.In the 24th minute, the Netherlands lost a chance to score as well.On the left foot, Memphis Depay gave up the ball, but his finish was way too wide.In the first 30 minutes, the Dutch enjoyed 60 per cent ball possession and no shots on target.Lionel Messi provided an outstanding assist. Alvarez fed Messi inside the Dutch box, but Noppert saved it with ease.Timber, a Dutchman, was booked.Five minutes of stoppage time was added.Later, Argentinian Romero was booked, and Wout Weghorst was also booked in the 47th minute. The scoreline read 1-0 in favour of Argentina, who had just 42% of ball possession, compared to 58 percent by the Dutch.Both teams were given two yellow cards, one for each team.Argentina had three shots on target, while the Netherlands had none.The Netherlands were also getting a lot of time with the ball in the early minutes of the second half, but they couldn't quite get it to the net. Messi came deep and gave a pass to Mac Allister.The Netherlands were completely exposed, but De Paul, who received a pass, could not convert the run into a goal in the 61st minute of the game.Argentina won a free kick after a foul by Virgil van Dijk on Messi.Argentina took a penalty in the 71st minute after Dumfries fouled Marcos Acuna in the Netherlands box, but it went over the crossbar. The scoreline was 2-1 in favour of Argentina, but the team was headed towards the final tense moments in the match when the prospect of an equalizer seemed to be high.At the end of 90 minutes, ten minutes of stoppage time was added.Argentina's first minute was marred by panic when they were denied a free kick due to a foul at the edge of their box.Bergwijn took it, smashing it into a wall of Argentinians. With a free kick, Weghorst took the game into extra time.The scoreline was even at 2-2 in the first half of the extra time, but it was packed with some very strong play from both teams, eager to take the lead.The second half ended up being a stalemate, and the Dutch second semifinalist was now to be decided via penalties.Van Dijk was first up for the Dutch and his shot was saved by the keeper.Argentina had taken their first penalty and scored a penalty, but Martinez denied them a goal in their second penalty, miraculously saving a shot by Steven Berghuis. To keep things going, Dutch coach Tiun Koopmeiners converted Dutchs third penalty into a goal.Argentina scored their third goal in a row on Saturday to make it 3-1 and give them a huge lead over Messi-led side.Weghorst scored yet another goal, this time in penalties, to hold Netherlands at 2-3.Argentina scored at 2-3 in the first half thanks to Enzo Fernandez's penalty.Both teams now have one penalty to go.