The World Cup quarterfinal match between Argentina and the Netherlands had all the makings of a classic, and it certainly delivered.
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Neither of the quarterfinal matches could be settled in regulation and required penalty kicks to determine who would play in the semifinals on Tuesday. Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-3 in a penalty shootout, advancing Messi’s quest to win the World Cup.
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Earlier on Friday, Croatia stunned Brazil in their quarterfinal matchup, winning on penalty kicks and sealing their ticket to the semifinal round.
Messi converted his penalty kick late in Round 1 to put Argentina up 1-0.
Damián Martínez saved Steven Berghuis’s shot to keep the Dutchman off the board for the first two penalty shootouts.
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Leandro Paredes put Argentina up 2-0 in two rounds with a goal just off the post. Teun Koopmeiners finally put the Dutch on the board on penalty kicks in Round 3.
Gonzalo Montiel kept Argentina on the road to victory with his kick to make it 3-1 in the first three rounds.
Lautaro Martínez scored the decisive penalty.
In regulation time, a Wout Weghorst header in the 83rd minute gave the Dutch the first goal of the game and made it 2–1.
The intensity of the match reached another speed when the Argentinian Paredes committed a foul in front of the Dutch bench in the 88th minute. The foul resulted in a yellow card.
Paredes then kicked the ball towards the Dutch bench, prompting his players to charge him.
Weghorst scored his second goal of the match in a set to save the Netherlands and send the match into extra time.
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Croatia will play Argentina on December 13.
Associated Press contributed to this report.