After Nahuel Molina scored his first goal for Argentina, Lionel Messi added a second from the penalty spot with less than 20 minutes remaining, and Argentina appeared to be coasting into the semifinals of the world cup. But with the Netherlands’ first shot on goal and a beautifully executed free kick in the 11th minute of injury time, substitute Wout Weghorst capitalized on a wonderful Steven Berghuis cross to bring his team back into the game.
The quarterfinal match went to the dreaded spot-kicks despite Argentina’s replacement Lautaro Martinez hitting the post in the final second of overtime. The first two Netherlands penalties from Virgil van Dijk and Berghuis were saved by Emiliano Martinez, giving the Dutch a mountain to climb. Lautaro Martinez then scored the go-ahead penalty to give Argentina the 4-3 shootout victory. Netherlands 2-2 Argentina (3-4 on penalties) world cup.