World Cup 2022 LIVE: Netherlands vs Argentina score and updates from quarter-final – Lionel Messi and Julian Alvarez play tonight

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If Argentina are to win a third World Cup, with Lionel Messi and his teammates seeking their first, they must first overcome a nation that is equally hungry, in the form of Netherlands, in the quarter-finals.

The Dutch have been runners-up at a World Cup three times, most recently in 2010 before they were eliminated by Argentina on penalties in the 2014 semi-finals – then failed to qualify in 2018.

Netherlands, with Louis van Gaal in his third spell in charge, topped their group in Qatar before beating USA in the last 16, while Argentina also topped their pool before defeating Australia.

The winners here will face Croatia in the semi-finals, after the 2018 finalists beat Brazil on penalties.

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Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

30 mins: Rodrigo De Paul steps up the inside right channel and wins the ball high up the pitch for Argentina before sending it over to Julian Alvarez.

Alvarez tries to turn it around the corner for Lionel Messi but Nathan Ake intercepts and Netherlands run the ball away.

Michael Jones9 December 2022 19:33


Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

27 mins: Emi Martinez looks to switch the play over to the left wing quickly for Argentina but mishits his pass and sends it out for a Netherlands throw in.

This isn’t exactly a classic so far. No shots on target from either side.

Michael Jones9 December 2022 19:28


Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

24 mins: Chance! Quick play from the Netherlands sees them play the ball through the middle of the pitch. Steven Bergwijn receives the ball and flicks it onto Memphis Depay who has some trouble bringing the ball under control just inside the box.

It bounces loose but falls nicely for Bergwijn’s overlapping run yet he snatches at a shot and pulls the effort well wide of the far post.

Michael Jones9 December 2022 19:26


Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

21 mins: Shot! Lionel Messi shifts the ball away from a Dutch midfielder and finds himself in space with a sight at goal. He looks to curl a long ranged effort at the target but doesn’t catch it properly and hoofs the effort high and wide.

Michael Jones9 December 2022 19:23


Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

18 mins: Jurrien Timber threads a decent ball into the penalty area and almost gets Steven Bergwijn in on goal but Emi Martinez is off his line quickly to beat the forward to the ball vefore smothering it safely for Argentina.

Michael Jones9 December 2022 19:20


Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

15 mins: The Netherlands look the most composed team so far. They’re knocking the ball from side to side and looking to move it out wide before sending crosses into the box.

The European side certainly look more confident in possession than Argentina do.

Michael Jones9 December 2022 19:16


Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

12 mins: Lionel Messi drops deep to receive the ball but he’s hounded by Jurrien Timber and wins Argentina a free kick. They take it quickly as the Netherlands drop back to defend.

Rodrigo De Paul swings a cross in from the right but sends it straight into the hands of Andries Noppert.

Michael Jones9 December 2022 19:13


Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

9 mins: Dumfries comes forward on the right wing and is closed down quickly by Acuna. The defender does well to force him over to the touchline the Netherlands win a throw in after the ball bounces out off Acuna’s leg.

The throw comes into the box where Depay flicks it towards the byline. Cody Gakpo thinks about trying to keep it in play but knows he won’t get to the ball before it goes out.

Michael Jones9 December 2022 19:10


Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

6 mins: Memphis Depay makes a run through the defence as Virgil van Dijk powers a diagonal pass over to the right side of the pitch. The pass is poor though and Depay gives up the chase long before it skips out of play.

Michael Jones9 December 2022 19:07


Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

3 mins: A quick break from Argentina sees the ball come up to Brighton’s Alexis MacAllister on the inside left part of the pitch. He carries the ball into the final third and feeds a pass out to Marcos Acuna who whips in an early cross but sees it headed clear.

Michael Jones9 December 2022 19:03

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