Argentina defeated Australia 2-1 in last 16.The Netherlands overcame USA 3-1 in previous round.First meeting since Brazil 2014.
The Netherlands and Argentina face off in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ quarter-finals, looking for a ticket to the last four and a match against either Brazil or Croatia.
Argentina progressed as Group C winners before beating Australia 2-1 in the Round of 16 thanks to a sparkling display from Lionel Messi.
The Dutch finished top of Group A and a Memphis Depay-inspired side went on to defeat USA 3-1 in the last 16.
— OnsOranje (@OnsOranje) December 8, 2022
Team news :
Angel Di Maria remains a doubt for Argentina. The Juventus attacker missed the game against Australia with a thigh strain and is racing to be fit in time for Friday’s match.
No such trouble for the Netherlands, who are set to field the same starting line-up that overcame USA and sealed their place in the last eight.
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Netherlands: Noppert; Timber, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, De Roon, De Jong, Blind, Klaassen; Gakpo, Memphis
Argentina: Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna; De Paul, Fernandez, Mac Allister; Di Maria or Gomez, Alvarez, Messi
Head to head :
These teams have played each other on nine previous occasions. The Netherlands hold the upper hand with four victories, while La Albiceleste have won just once. The remaining fixtures all finished as draws, although the most recent of those, in the semi-finals at Brazil 2014, ended with the South Americans going through on penalties.
This is the first game between these teams since the Brazil 2014 semi-finals.
Only six people who were involved that day are at Qatar 2022: Di Maria and Messi for Argentina; Blind, Depay, De Vrij and coach Van Gaal for the Netherlands.
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal said, “We’ve got a score to settle with Argentina for what happened two World Cups ago.”
Lionel Scaloni, Argentina coach: “He [Van Gaal] is a legend. It’s an honour to go up against him. Everyone knows what he’s achieved in football as a coach. These are the joys football can give you.”
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said , “He [Van Gaal] is a legend. It’s an honour to go up against him. Everyone knows what he’s achieved in football as a coach. These are the joys football can give you.”