Argentina Set Up Mouthwatering Quarter Final Clash With The Netherlands

Written By Jacobs Dunga

The South Americans will now face up against the European nation in the last eight.

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Argentina will face Netherlands on Friday in the first quarter final game of the ongoing FIFA World Cup.


The Albiceleste earned a hard fought victory over the Socceroos of Australia on Saturday evening to earn their place in the last eight.

Lionel Messi opened the scoring in the 35th minute with his third goal of the campaign and his first ever in the knockout stage.

Young striker Julian Alvarez scored for the second consecutive game to double Argentina’s lead in the 57th minute.

Australia then poured out in numbers in search of their own goal and were duly rewarded when a shot from outside the area was directed into the goal by Enzo Fernandez in the 77th minute to set up for a tantalizing last thirteen minutes.

Australia came close to an equalizer when Aziz Behich went on a mazy run from outside the area only to see his effort on goal blocked by Lisandro Martinez.

Garang Kuol could have drawn level for the Asians in the dying moments of the game but he shot was well saved by Emiliano Martinez in goal for Argentina.

Lautaro Martinez had a couple of clear chances to put the game out of reach for Australia but the Inter forward failed to bury any of the chances.

Australia leave Qatar having fallen at the round of 16 but with their heads held high for a spirited performance against one of the tournament’s favourites.


Netherlands had done their job in the earlier fixture of the day by sweeping aside the United States.

The Oranje had gone up inside the first ten minutes thanks to a Memphis Depay finish off an assist from eventual man of the match Denzel Dumfries.

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The two teams pushed each other looking for the next goal in the game and it was yet again the Louis Van Gaal led side that found the net again through the boots of Daley Blind in the first minute of first half added time with Dumfries the provider again.

Haji Wright pulled a goal back for the Americans in the 76th minute to restore their hope but Dumfries five minutes later made sure any hope of a comeback was dashed as he ran onto the far post to finish and restore his side’s two goal lead.

Daley Blind with his goal became the oldest scorer for the Netherlands in the World Cup while Dumfries enters the record books as only three third Dutch player to be involved in three goals in a single World Cup game.

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