It’s another great World Cup quarter-final success when the Netherlands take on Argentina tonight. Lionel Messi and his teammates have put that first loss to Saudi Arabia behind them and are now three wins away from lifting soccer’s biggest prize for the first time since 1986.
Messi will need to be back in his prime, as he certainly was in the round of 16 win over Australia. He has three goals and an assist to his name in Qatar, and he and Julián Álvarez seem to be in fine form at the right time for Argentina.
They face a Dutch team unbeaten in their last 19 games, which ended with a measured victory over the United States. Louis van Gaal continues to face questions about playing style, but all will calm down if the Dutch make it to a World Cup for the first time. Follow all the action with our LIVE blog below, with expert analysis from Dan Kilpatrick and Simon Collings at the Lusail Iconic Stadium!
Noppert trusts Messi’s test
Even with a height of 6 feet 8 inches, Andries Noppert probably could have walked the streets of Qatar without attracting attention before the start of the World Cup.
The Dutch goalkeeper was an unknown quantity three weeks ago, but tonight the eyes of the world will be on the man who will try to stop Lionel Messi and Argentina.
Noppert impressed in the Netherlands’ run to the quarter-finals, and the 28-year-old Heerenveen No1 now faces the biggest match of his career against one of the greatest players of all time, but insists he isn’t feeling the heat. . .
” [Messi] he’s just like us, he’s human,” Noppert said. “It depends on the moment, it can also fail, and we have seen it in the matches of this tournament. For me, it is not the pressure.
He added: “Of course it’s good,” he said. “But I also. “
Read the full story on Noppert’s rapid rise to the summit here
Winning habit for the Dutch
It’s four games without losing for the Netherlands in Qatar, taking their streak to 19 games without losing.
They were last beaten in June last year by the Czech Republic. Some wins against Belgium and a draw against Germany.
However, it is his biggest test in a long, long time.
Environment to build!
The Argentine fans were probably the best group of supporters in Qatar, just ahead of Morocco. He makes every game feel like home for his team.
Dutch fans fight to match them tonight!
Good news for both sides.
It will be Brazil or Croatia in the semifinals for whoever passes tonight.
This game is goalless after 90 minutes and has gone into extra time, which will strain some legs. The Netherlands and Argentina surely wouldn’t say no to the penalty…
They will also be very interested in seeing Croatia emerge victorious.
This is undoubtedly the first meeting between two great soccer nations in the round of 16 of this World Cup. That we’re hosting a fun, classic contest to begin with may seem unlikely.
There is an element of the unknown, as neither side has faced a contender for the crown up to this point, and neither has reached top speed.
Argentina have the upper hand when it comes to talent, and perhaps a moment of magic will solve that.
Argentina wins, 1-0.
Argentina national team news
Argentina should have Ángel Di María and Rodrigo De Paul fit for the quarter-finals after injury problems.
Lionel Scaloni will be delighted to reunite with Di María to replace Papu Gómez, who has a sprained ankle, and complete his attack, with Julián Álvarez expected to keep his place in the XI to join Messi.
The switch to three central defenders in the second half of the knockout stages may be something the Argentina boss is tempted to stick with early on, but the same four-man system seems more likely.
Expected Argentina XI (4-3-3): Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna; DePaul, Fernandez, MacAllister; Di Maria, Messi, Alvarez
Holland Team News
The Dutch overcame a virus outbreak at their World Cup camp before the United States won with no apparent ill effects, and Jeremie Frimpong has also recovered from an ankle problem.
Louis van Gaal seems to have a pretty established lineup now that Memphis Depay is fit and shooting. Davy Klaassen and Marten de Roon have started the last two games in midfield after problems in that department.
The back three are expected to remain unchanged with Jurrien Timber clearly having more confidence than Matthijs de Ligt. Jeremie Frimpong has recovered from an ankle problem.
Netherlands XI expected (3-4-1-2): Nopert; Wood, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, De Roon, De Jong, Blind; Klaassen; Gakpo, Depay
How to watch Holland vs Argentina
Television channel: In the UK, the game will be televised free and live on BBC One, with coverage starting at 6:15pm.
Straight: Fans can also watch the match live online via the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website.
live blog: You can follow all the action here with us, with expert analysis from Dan Kilpatrick and Simon Collings on the ground.
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s live coverage of tonight’s quarter-final match between the Netherlands and Argentina!
Both teams qualified for the quarterfinals without always being at their best, but both have a chance to make a serious statement tonight by reaching the semifinals.
We’ll have the latest updates, builds and team news ahead of kick-off at 19:00 GMT from the iconic Lusail Stadium.
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