Martinez gets Argentina out of jail after unlikely Netherlands comeback

Wout Weghorst scored in the 10th minute of added time to pull off an astonishing fightback from the Dutch


  • Nahuel Molina and a Lionel Messi penalty gave Argentina a two-goal cushion

  • Wout Weghorst struck twice — levelling in the 100th minute — to force extra-time

  • Emiliano Martinez saved two penalties in the shootout

    Netherlands 2-2 Argentina (3-4 penalties)
    Goals | Molina (35′), Messi (73′) Weghorst (83′, 90+10′)

    Match review
    Emiliano Martinez came to Argentina’s rescue as his side overcame the shock of losing a two-goal lead to go on and defeat the Netherlands on penalties and reach the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. The goalkeeper saved from Virgil van Dijk and Steven Berghuis, leaving Lautaro Martinez to blast home Argentina’s fifth penalty and send the Albiceleste into the last four.

    Argentina looked in total control after a first-half strike from Nahuel Molina and a penalty from Lionel Messi, his 10th goal at a World Cup, had given them a two-goal cushion in the second half.

    But the Netherlands finally came to life with some direct substitutions from coach Louis van Gaal, who withdrew Memphis Depay and Steven Bergwijn and threw on target men Wout Weghorst and Luuk de Jong.

    Weghorst made things interesting by heading home a cross from another substitute Steven Berghuis, who then had the chance to level from inside the area but fired just wide of the near post.

    Argentina thought they had weathered the storm, but then conceded a free-kick in a dangerous position and Weghorst struck again to force the extra period.

    Lionel Scaloni’s side showed more desire to try and snatch victory and had a flurry of late chances in extra-time, with Enzo Fernandez hitting the post. As in the day’s earlier game between Croatia and Brazil, a penalty shootout was required and Argentina’s charismatic goalkeeper stepped into the limelight.

    Key moment: A devilish Dutch free-kick
    Argentina were expecting Teun Koopmeiners or Cody Gakpo to go for goal from the free-kick in what looked like the last moment of the game, and even ordered Alex Mac Allister to lie on the floor to prevent a low shot. But Koopmeiners took everyone by surprise by passing the ball in a straight line to Weghorst, who controlled the ball with his back to goal before swivelling and stabbing it into the net.

    From being down and out, the Netherlands had somehow taken the game to extra time. It wasn’t enough for them to go through, but it was yet another thrilling chapter of this wildly unpredictable World Cup.

    Key state
    Messi has either scored or set up six of Argentina’s nine goals at this World Cup.