With an air of revenge for both, with pending issues to settle and a certain acquired aspect of a world classic, The Netherlands and Argentina meet again in Qatar 2022 with the semifinals of the World Championship as their goal.
Seven clashes, five of them in different editions of the competition, several of them at crucial moments of the tournament, They have enlarged the legend of a clash that has usually brought together some of the stars on each occasion.
Also now, with Lionel Messi still in force and focused on speeding up his last chance to be able to lift the cup to put the icing on the cake of an incomparable career already immersed in its final stretch.
It is the Netherlands where he talks the most about revenge. The elimination in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil through penalties that resolved a match that ended goalless still hurts in Louis Van Gaal’s squad and that it had as its prize the final that the albiceleste reached and that they later lost against Germany in the Maracana.
It was the last time that both teams met on a pitch. Of course, numerically it is the Dutch team that has the most victories in the face-to-face, although the Argentine victories are of more value. In one, that of 1978 helped him to achieve his first World title. The other, the one from eight years ago, to dispute the title.
On this occasion, in Qatar, the duel also brings a jackpot for the winner. The semifinals of a title that both long for. Netherlands because they have never achieved it despite having played in three finals, always without success. For the South American team because he intends to end the curse and the shots into the air given since he lifted the Cup for the second time, in Mexico 1986. And, above all, because it is Messi’s last bullet in a World Cup.
A contracture of Rodrigo de Paul is the last mishap that Lionel Scaloni has encountered who has been pending the recovery of Angel Di María, also with muscle ailments suffered in the match against Poland in the group stage and Alejandro Gómez, still recovering from a sprained ankle.
Given this, the probable alignment will be with Emiliano Martinez; Nahuel Molina or Gonzalo Montiel, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi, Marcos Acuña or Nicolás Tagliafico; Enzo Fernández, Leandro Paredes, Alexis Mac Allister; Lautaro Martínez, Julián Álvarez and Leo Messi.
In the Netherlands the only absence due to injury is that of Sefan de Vrij. Louis Van Gaal, who has been undefeated for 19 games, already has the center-back at his disposal matthijis de ligt who already had a few minutes in the round of 16 match against the United States, and this time he could start as one of the three members of the five-man defense with which the coach has played almost every game in the worldwide and that is not seen with favor by the Dutch environment.
In this way, the safest eleven will be with Andries Noppert; Matthijs De Ligt, Virgil Van Dijk, Nathan Ake; Denzel Dumfries, Marten De Roon, Frenkie De Jong, Daley Blind; Davy Klaassen, Cody Gakpo and Memphis Depay.
The referee of the match will be Antonio Mateu, and you will be able to follow the duel through the AlAireLibre.cl Virtual Scoreboard and in the Al Aire Libre in Cooperativa story.