World Cup: Argentina reach semi-finals after dramatic penalty-shootout win (2024)

Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

  1. Yellow cards, last-gasp levellers and shootout drama

    The best worst game in World Cup history?

    It wasn't always good. In fact, it wasn't good for a lot of it. But the dramatic highs were peak of Everest stuff.

    A long old night of World Cup football draws to a close with Argentina joining Croatia in the last four.

    Join us again tomorrow to see if England will join them.

    I'll leave you with the best action from a bonkers Friday night...

  2. Messi's magic

    FT: Netherlands 2-2 Argentina (Argentina win 4-3 on penalties)

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    Another night that runs to plan (just about) for Argentina's maestro albeit he can probably thank Emiliano Martinez for his efforts:

    • Lionel Messi has been directly involved in 17 World Cup goals (10 goals, 7 assists), surpassing Diego Maradona's record (16) for most goal involvements for Argentina in the competition since Opta has this data (from 1966).
    • In giving Argentina a 2-0 lead, Messi scored his 10th World Cup goal, the joint-most of any Argentina player along with Gabriel Batistuta
    • Messi has also assisted five goals in the World Cup knockout stages - since Opta have World Cup assists (from 1966), this is the most on record in the knockout rounds of the finals, surpassing Pele's four.
  3. Post update

    FT: Netherlands 2-2 Argentina (Pens: 3-4)

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    Rio Ferdinand

    Former England defender on BBC One

    It was breathtaking. This is what football does. here were so many emotions in one evening there. Argentina were coasting and then a tactical shift from the Dutch. Then they looked like they were going to throw the towel in and then the tide turned.

    There was needle out there as well off the ball. There have been so many different things that played in this game that made it a fantastic spectacle.

  4. Post update

    FT: Netherlands 2-2 Argentina (Argentina win 4-3 on penalties)

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    Pablo Zabaleta

    Ex-Man City and Argentina defender on BBC One

    I wanted Brazil v Argentina in the semi-final. It would have been one of the best games of the World Cup but Croatia are still a really dangerous team to play against.

  5. Get Involved

    Tweet #bbcfootball, text 81111 (UK only - standard rates apply) or WhatsApp 03301231826

    Kithmina: It's just after 6am in Hong Kong. Fully worth staying up through the night to watch two epic quarter-finals!

    James: Feel sorry for the Dutch. What a wild game of football that was!

    Paul: Strong possibility that Portugal and Argentina could still meet in the final. Its meant to be CR7 and Messi, the goats of my generation of football. One last dance on the biggest stage of them all, winner takes all.

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    Mario Melchiot

    Former Netherlands defender on BBC Radio 5 Live

    It was a bonkers game. It was like a lottery.

    We saw that it’s not enough to win this World Cup with suchdefensive football.

  7. 'Emotional rollercoaster'

    FT: Netherlands 2-2 Argentina AET (3-4 on pens)

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    Anna Holligan

    BBC News Hague correspondent

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    "Areal emotional rollercoaster…" - Luke and his girlfriend Jessie are recoveringfrom a game they are adamant could have gone either way.

    "Wehad the ball, they were lucky…" - Okker was optimistic until the end, "Wewent into penalties on a high after coming back from 2-0 down, we had themental superiority."

    LouisVan Gaal’s international career ends with a painful repeat of the 2014 semifinals,

    Applauserang out around the bar for the veteran coach as he and the squad linked armsafter the game.

  8. Post update

    FT: Netherlands 2-2 Argentina AET (3-4 on pens)

    There were 15 cards shown to players that entered the field of play in this match.

    That is just one short of the 16 shown in the 'Battle of Nuremberg' when Portugal beat Netherlands in the round of 16 in 2006.

    It's fair to say this man had an interesting game...

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  9. 'History gave Martinez confidence'

    FT: Netherlands 2-2 Argentina (Pens: 3-4)

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    Rio Ferdinand

    Former England defender on BBC One

    That walk for someone who doesn't take penalties... but Martinez has to take credit. He looked supremely confident, with the history he has in competitions.

  10. Post update

    FT: Netherlands 2-2 Argentina (Argentina win 4-3 on penalties)

    The reason it all kicked off. Again. The Argentina players making sure that their Netherlands counterparts knew full well who the winners were on the night...

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  11. 'One of the best penalties'

    FT: Netherlands 2-2 Argentina AET (3-4 on pens)

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    Tim Vickery

    BBC Sport South American football expert

    We have just seen one of the all-time great penalties.

    Lautaro Martinez has looked awful in the last two games.

    That is pure pressure. Had he missed, he is the villain 100xover.

    He coolly bangs it in. That was huge. Massive character.

  12. 'Martinez is a hero'

    FT: Netherlands 2-2 Argentina AET (3-4 on pens)

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    Pablo Zabaleta

    Ex-Man City and Argentina defender on BBC One

    Argentina were the better team. The last 10 minutes, we needed to play better, we gave free kicks away that gave Netherlands a chance.

    Emi Martinez, a hero. We praise Messi, but Martinez is a hero.

    It's always good to see a South American team in the semi-final. The fans have been amazing tonight, right behind the team.

    All Argentina games, three quarters of the stadiums have been Argentinian fans. It makes me really proud. Qatar is far from Argentina, it is not easy to get here!

  13. Get Involved

    Tweet #bbcfootball, text 81111 (UK only - standard rates apply) or WhatsApp 03301231826

    SMS Message: England v Argentina final. England to win via a Messi handball own goal in the last minute. It's written... from Tony in Bristol

    England v Argentina final. England to win via a Messi handball own goal in the last minute. It's written...

  14. 'Nerves of steel'

    FT: Netherlands 2-2 Argentina AET (3-4 on pens)

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    Chris Sutton

    Former England striker on BBC Radio 5 Live

    World Cup: Argentina reach semi-finals after dramatic penalty-shootout win (13)

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    Lautaro Martínez’s lastpenalty. What nerves of steel, what composure.

    I am delighted for the Argentina fans, they have made thisWorld Cup.

    I feel for the Dutch, I wonder if there is that sense of ‘Whydidn’t we continue with that same plan in extra-time?’

  15. Post update

    FT: Netherlands 2-2 Argentina AET (3-4 on pens)

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    There were a couple of really good saves in that shootout from Emi Martinez. He set the tone by stopping Virgil van Dijk's first one.

    His save to deny Steven Berghuis was the pick of the two, though. A superb reflex stop to parry a fiercely-hit spot-kick.

    I'll even forgive him the little dance that followed.

  16. 'Absolutely crazy'

    FT: Netherlands 2-2 Argentina AET (3-4 on pens)

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    Alan Shearer

    Former England striker on BBC One

    What an incredible game, bearing in mind it took 33 minutes to have our first effort on target. It went absolutely crazy.

    Just for that guy alone, Messi - they are not a great team but they have a genius up front.

  17. Post update

    FT: Netherlands 2-2 Argentina AET (3-4 on pens)

    Lionel Messi is enjoying himself. With Neymar having bowed out earlier, it might have been a blow too many for the big-name supporters if the little fella exited too.

  18. Post update

    FT: Netherlands 2-2 Argentina AET (3-4 on pens)

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    The Argentina team are now dancing in a group on the pitch while the Dutch shed tears and walk around in a daze.

    The bother has died down at least.

  19. 'An epic tie'

    FT: Netherlands 2-2 Argentina (Pens: 3-4)

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    Martin Keown

    Former England defender on BBC One

    This was an epic tie, typical of this World Cup right now.

    You couldn't call it until right at the end.

  20. Post update

    FT: Netherlands 2-2 Argentina AET (3-4 on pens)

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    In the least surprising news of the night, it has kicked off again on the pitch.

    The ref has his yellow card out again.

    Ultimately, though, a mad night ends with Argentina advancing to face Croatia in the last four of the World Cup. The Netherlands kept the tie alive right until the end, but they go home and Louis van Gaal bows out with a penalty shootout defeat.

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