Netherlands vs Argentina Match Analysis & Prediction
09/12/2022 10:00 pm
Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands side will meet Lionel Messi and Argentina in a mouthwatering World Cup 2022 quarter-final at the Lusail Iconic Stadium on Friday evening.
The Dutch overcame the USA 3-1 to book their spot in the last eight, while Argentina got the better of Australia 2-1 to keep their hopes of glory alive.
Against the United States, Cody Gakpo may have ended his hot streak in front of goal, but Daley Blind and Memphis Depay stepped up with identical assists for similar goals to give the Netherlands a 2-0 lead at half-time.
The USA’s hopes of causing an upset were given new life when Haji Wright scored for the Americans, but Daley Blind notched a goal of his own from the penalty spot seven minutes later to restore the Dutch’s two-goal cushion.
Oranje then added insult to injury when Denzel Dumfries volleyed home unchallenged five minutes from time to put the match beyond doubt and send his side through to the quarterfinals for the third consecutive time.
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi finally notched his first non-group stage World Cup goal in trademark Messi fashion on Saturday, scoring a low finish before Julian Alvarez robbed Mathew Ryan of the ball for Argentina’s second.
The Paris Saint-Germain veteran found the back of the net with a low finish before Julian Alvarez robbed Mathew Ryan of the ball for Argentina’s second – much to the amusement of fellow goalkeeper Kamil Grabara, who plays for Copenhagen.
Craig Goodwin’s deflected strike gave Australia hopes of an improbable comeback, but Emiliano Martinez produced a vital save to send Argentina through to the knockout round.
Netherlands vs. Argentina Head to head
Both sides have five games against each other with hosts taking two wins while visitors with also two wins, and one draw.
Netherlands Team News
Before the win over the USA, the Netherlands was briefly handed a scare with Jeremie Frimpong (ankle), but Bayer Leverkusen right-back Frimpong formed part of a fully-fit squad for that game.
Inter Milan center-back Stefan de Vrij could not train on Sunday due to discomfort, but he has since returned to the group to challenge Virgil van Dijk, Nathan Ake, and Jurrien Timber for a starting spot in central defense.
Netherlands's Last 5 Matches
25/09/2022Netherlands1Belgium0UEFA Nations League
Argentina Team News
Argentina is likely to be without forward Papu Gomez due to a sprained ankle. Midfielder Angel Di Maria is recovering from a quadriceps injury but should be fit for the match.
Argentina has no other injuries in the lineup, and coach Jorge Sampaoli plans to keep faith with the center-back pairing of Cristian Romero and Nicolas Otamendi despite constant pressure from Lisandro Martinez.
Argentina's Last 5 Matches
22/11/2022Argentina1Saudi Arabia2World Cup
Netherlands vs. Argentina: Odds and Predictions
3 Way: Away
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