Argentina icon Lionel Messi launched a scathing attack on Netherlands striker Wout Weghorst during an interview after his side’s FIFA World Cup quarterfinal win.
Messi, 35, led the La Albiceleste to a 4-3 shootout win over the Netherlands on Friday, (December 9). The game was dramatic, ending 2-2 in normal time in controversial fashion amid tension between the two sides.
Spanish official Antonio Mateu Lahoz handed out 13 yellow cards during the feisty encounter, but some of his decisions were questionable. He added ten minutes on at the end of normal time, much to the bemusement of the South Americans.
Weghorst came on in the 78th minute and struck a fabulous 83rd-minute effort. The Dutch frontman then scored with a remarkable strike in the 11th minute of normal time, with virtually the last kick of the half, to send the tie to extra time.
Before that, the two nations had a massive bust-up when Leandro Paredes smashed the ball toward the Dutch substitutes’ bench. The Argentine midfielder had fouled Nathan Ake in the 89th minute and lashed out, leading to a melee between players of both teams.
There were similar clashes after Lautaro Martinez fired the winning penalty past Dutch goalkeeper Andries Noppert. Denzel Dumfries was given a red card during the altercations, while Noa Lang received a booking.
The tension between the two sides seemed to continue further down the tunnel as Lionel Messi hit out at Weghorst during an interview. He said (via AlbicelesteTalk):
“Who are you looking at? Go ahead you stupid.”
Leo Messi: “Who are you looking at? Go ahead you stupid.”
Argentina’s hero Emiliano Martinez was also seen hurling abuse at the Netherlands camp following the win. He alluded to the two saves he made during the shootout as he shouted out (via AlbicelesteTalk):
“I fu*ked you twice! twice! you bi*ch.”
Emi Martínez: “I fu*ked you twice! twice! you bi*ch.”
Argentina will now face Croatia in the semifinals on Tuesday (December 13), but the drama from their quarterfinal win over the Netherlands continues.
Manchester United’s Alejandro Garnacho reacts to Lionel Messi and co’s FIFA World Cup quarterfinal win
Alejandro Garnacho, 18, didn’t head to Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup with Argentina.
The United teenager was touted by many as a potential last-minute call-up, but manager Lionel Scaloni opted not to bring him into the squad. The young Argentine is watching his side’s campaign from the outside.
He posted an enduring image of Messi on his Instagram story after Argentina’s thrilling quarterfinal win.
The post was of Messi after he struck his penalty during the shootout and celebrated by cupping his hands to his ears. He had also scored from the spot in regulation time to put the Albiceleste 2-0 ahead with 17 minutes to go.
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