Netherlands vs Argentina FIFA World Cup 2nd Quarterfinal 2022
The Netherlands and Argentina will face off in the 2022 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals on December 10, 2022. The Netherlands and Argentina faced off in the World Cup quarter-finals on July 5th, 2010, in Cape Town, South Africa. The match was highly anticipated, as both teams were known for their strong attacking play and impressive goal-scoring abilities.
The Netherlands, who had finished second in their group behind Denmark, had previously defeated Slovakia and Brazil in the knockout rounds to reach the quarter-finals. Argentina, who had won their group ahead of South Korea, had advanced past Mexico and Germany in the earlier rounds.
The match began with both teams showing a cautious approach, with neither team wanting to give away any early goals. The Dutch looked to use their pace on the wings to create chances, while Argentina relied on their attacking trio of Messi, Higuain, and Tevez to create opportunities.
In the 20th minute, the Dutch were awarded a free-kick just outside the Argentine box. Wesley Sneijder stepped up to take the kick, but his effort was well saved by Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
The first half continued with both teams creating chances, but neither team was able to convert. Argentina had the better of the chances, with Messi and Higuain both coming close to scoring. However, the Dutch defense held firm and the half ended goalless.
The second half began with the Dutch looking more aggressive, with Arjen Robben and Dirk Kuyt causing problems for the Argentine defense. In the 55th minute, the Dutch finally broke the deadlock. A long ball from the Dutch defense found Robben in space on the right wing. He took a couple of touches before cutting inside and firing a low shot into the bottom corner, giving the Dutch a 1-0 lead.
Argentina responded well to the goal, with Messi and Higuain both going close to equalizing. In the 65th minute, Argentina were awarded a penalty after a handball in the Dutch box. Messi stepped up to take the spot-kick, but his effort was saved by Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, who had a fantastic game.
The Dutch continued to press for a second goal, with Robben and Kuyt both coming close. In the 80th minute, the Dutch finally doubled their lead. A long ball from the Dutch defense was flicked on by Robin van Persie into the path of Kuyt. The Liverpool forward took a touch before firing a low shot into the bottom corner, giving the Dutch a 2-0 lead.
Argentina continued to push forward in search of a goal, but the Dutch defense held firm. In the 90th minute, Argentina were awarded a free-kick just outside the Dutch box. Messi stepped up to take the kick, but his effort was well saved by Stekelenburg, who was named the man of the match.
The final whistle blew, and the Netherlands had secured a 2-0 victory over Argentina to advance to the semi-finals. The Dutch will face either Uruguay or Ghana in the next round, while Argentina will go home disappointed after another quarter-final exit.
Overall, it was a well-deserved victory for the Netherlands, who were the better team on the day. Their defense was solid, and their attacking play was clinical. Argentina will rue their missed chances, particularly the penalty miss from Messi, and will have to regroup for the next World Cup in four years.
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