Argentina kept its FIFA 2022 World Cup hopes alive via a dramatic penalty shootout win against the Netherlands. Lionel Messi and Nahuel Molina scored a goal each to give their team the lead with eight minutes remaining. However, the Netherlands stages a comeback to tie the ballgame.
With no victor in sight after the additional 30 minutes, the match went to penalties. Argentina’s Emi Martinez became a hero for La Albiceleste by stopping two penalty kicks from the Dutch.
Martinez is a legend in Argentina. He saved three penalties in a shootout in the Copa America quarterfinal last year against Colombia. His heroics in Qatar further solidified his status as a penalty shootout specialist.
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Lautaro Martinez buried the game-winning penalty after Enzo Fernandez had missed the first penalty that would have handed Argentina the win, sending the thousands of Argentine supporters inside the Lusail Stadium into pandemonium.
Pay per head reports indicate Argentian players stayed on the field after the game. They enjoyed their fans’ cheers in the stands. However, they will be no parties late the night.
This World Cup has seen a lot of shocking results and incredible comebacks, but this one may have topped them all.
Referee Mateu Lahoz, a Spaniard with a reputation for being flamboyant and enjoying the spotlight, issued many yellow cards and even one in the shootout as he tried to maintain order.
During the 120 minutes and penalties, there were at least three massive brawls. According to bookie pay per head experts, the first of which started when Leandro Paredes smashed a ball into the Netherlands dugout on the side of the field.
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