As the Netherlands prepare to take on Lionel Messi and Argentina in the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup, it will be a rematch of the 2014 semifinal in which they tried to get revenge for their elimination.
There was a 2014 shootout in which Lionel Messi scored his penalty alongside three teammates, helping his team to reach the final, while Avinglaar and Wesley Sneijder missed to leave the Dutch relegated to the third-place match.
As much as Messi may have fallen short of his goals when he faced Germany in 2014 final, he will be dreaming of great things for this year’s tournament. He is undoubtedly up against a difficult challenge, as he will have to get past a Dutch team that has gone 19 matches unbeaten in all competitions and 11 in the World Cup without losing.
Van Gaal has confirmed that he will be leaving the Netherlands job at the end of the current tournament run. However, he will be hoping that his duties will not be over yet.
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Argentina Vs Netherlands Prediction
When the Netherlands and Argentina meet in the Quarter-Finals of the Qatar 2022 World Cup for the sixth time in their history, this will be the sixth time they have faced each other at the World Cup. The match between the Netherlands, who prefer to play on the front foot, and Argentina, who have been relying on the magic of 35-year-old Lionel Messi for the last two years, looks like it will be an entertaining 90 minutes.
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Despite the fact that Jurrien Timber is not shaken by the prospect of facing Lionel Messi, he says it will be an invaluable challenge for him.
As Louis van Gaal’s team face Argentina in the World Cup quarter-finals on Friday night, the Netherlands’ Timber will be tasked with stopping arguably the world’s best footballer as he tries to stop the best player in the world.
There are three goals by Argentina’s top goalscorer at Qatar 2022, and Messi gave a virtuoso performance in Argentina’s 2-1 victory over Australia on Saturday as it edged the Albiceleste by a goal. One of the key questions in the Opta Challenge, which can be found below, is whether Messi will be able to score again.
It will be crucial for the Netherlands to be able to keep the Paris Saint-Germain star quiet if they are going to be able to make it to the semi-finals, and Timber is ready to do that.
The defender said, sitting next to fellow defender Nathan Ake, that he was getting shivers at the thought of facing him: “Am I getting the shakes?”? Fortunately, that is not the case.
“Playing against him is an incredible challenge for me, and I look forward to it every time. The fact that Messi is an excellent footballer does not mean that we have to play against him, and neither do we have to solve the problem as a two-man team.