Lionel Messi’s quest to win the World Cup moves into the semifinals after Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-3 in a penalty shootout Friday.
Messi converted his penalty in the shootout, and Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez saved two attempts. Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez scored the clinching penalty.
Argentina led 2-0 before being pegged back in the final seconds of the game, thanks to a brace from Wout Weghorst, who came on in the 78th minute in place of Memphis Depay.
The Beşiktaş striker — on loan from English Championship’s Burnley — headed home in the 83rd minute and equalised with an unexpected combination from a free kick in the unprecedented 11th minute of extra time.
It was the second extra time of the day, with the Croatians also going to a penalty shoot-out to eliminate favourites Brazil earlier on Friday.
The match did not pass without incidents, and the referee doled out a total of 14 yellow cards — seven for the Argentinians and another seven for the Oranje, two of which were given after the penalty shootout.
Also, a fan ran onto the field in the 75th minute of the match, just after Lionel Messi converted a penalty kick for a 2-0 lead.
The spectator wore a light blue shirt that he started to take off when he was tackled by security. The game resumed after a short break.