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FIFA World Cup 2022 Quarterfinals - Netherlands vs Argentina 

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Netherlands vs Argentina 


The 2014 World Cup semifinal between the Netherlands and Argentina, which was decided by a penalty shootout, will be rematched, and the Netherlands anticipate having a completely fit squad to pick from. 

Depay started back-to-back games for the first time since September, and head coach Van Gal picked an unchanged lineup for the final 16 games. 

Di Maria of Argentina has resumed training after missing the victory over Australia due to a quadriceps problem.

Across generations, the idea of Argentina and the Netherlands playing against one another at a World Cup brings back many moments. There has been a long-established rivalry between the countries, which adds romanticism, whether it was Mario Kempes motivating Argentina to victory in the 1978 final, the exquisite touch and finish from Dennis Bergkamp to advance the Dutch in 1998, or a dull 2014 match concluding with Argentina goalie Sergio Romero becoming the penalty shootout hero. 

Nothing should be different on this occasion. On the biggest international stage, Lionel Messi o Argentina, who is widely regarded as the greatest player ever, may be performing for the final time. It might also be the final time we see Louis van Gal, the manager of the Netherlands, in the dugout. 

Messi, 35, represents his country’s ambitions as he pursues a championship that has eluded him while Van Gal, 71, who overcame prostate cancer earlier this year and will step down after the World Cup, is working to guarantee that the three-time runner-up will finally advance. As the Netherlands seek to avenge their semifinal loss in 2014, the veteran coach’s game strategy might mostly center on stopping Messi and catching Argentina on the break.  

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