World Cup 2022 – Netherlands 2-2 Argentina AET (3-4 on pens): Argentina survive Dutch rally to win after shootout and set up Croatia semi

Emiliano Martinez saves Virgil van Dijk's penalty
Emiliano Martinez saves Virgil van Dijk's penalty

Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez saved two penalties to help Argentina beat the Netherlands in a World Cup shootout and set up a semi-final against Croatia.

Aston Villa’s Martinez brilliantly denied Dutch pair Virgil van Dijk and Steven Berghuis, laying the platform for Argentina to win 4-2 in the spot-kicks.

The shootout came after a 2-2 draw which saw the Dutch fight back from 2-0 down.

Nahuel Molina put the South Americans in front following an incredible threaded pass by Lionel Messi, before the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner added a second from the penalty spot.

Argentina seemed to be coasting towards the last four until Dutch substitute Wout Weghorst reduced the deficit to set up a tense finish.

Weghorst, who is on the books at Burnley but on loan at Besiktas, equalised with virtually the final kick of the game in the 11th minute of added time as he converted a slick free-kick routine.

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