FIFA World Cup 2022- Argentina and Netherlands Meets again in World Cup
Three key battles to look forward to in Argentina vs Netherlands quarterfinal match of the FIFA World Cup at the Lusail Stadium. Group C topper Netherlands meets Group A topper Argentina in its FIFA World Cup 2022 quarterfinal match on December 10 at the Lusail Stadium.
The Netherlands will undoubtedly be Argentina’s biggest challenge till now in the Qatar World Cup. Both teams have a fair share of history as far as the World Cup is concerned. Argentina beat the Netherlands in the 1978 World Cup final to lift its first title. Argentina also beat the Netherlands in the 2014 World Cup on penalties in the semifinals.
Louis Van Gaal and his men will have revenge on their minds. Ahead of the match, here are three key battles to look forward to.
Lionel Messi vs Virgil Van Dijk
The Lionel Messi vs Van Dijk face-off is arguably the most mouth-watering battle. The Messi of today may not make a mind-numbing run from the flanks, dribbling past multiple defenders. Messi realizes he does not have the same speed and agility and operates from the middle of the pitch, creating chances for the forward line.
However, the Netherlands is the best defense Argentina would face in its World Cup run till now, and La Albiceleste might require their wizard to spend more time in the opponent’s penalty area.
Van Dijk’s towering presence in the box would undoubtedly be one of Messi’s most challenging obstacles. Van Dijk has been instrumental in the Oranje conceding just two goals in their four matches. Van Dijk has made an impressive 22 recoveries in this World Cup, which speaks volumes about his qualities as a center-back.
Messi has three goals in four matches in this World Cup. Apart from his finishing abilities, his vision and ability to find that final pass amplify his threat. He has created 10 chances for Argentina till now.
Van Dijk vs Messi in the box would make for an intriguing battle. In terms of physicality, Van Dijk has an upper hand. But all Messi needs is that one good touch to create something for his team or find the net himself.