Spanish referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz was the busiest man at Lusail Stadium on Friday as Argentina beat the Netherlands on penalties to reach the semi-finals of the ongoing FIFA World Cup. Argentina took a 2-0 lead until 83 minutes before Dutch striker Wout Weghorst scored twice from the bench to force extra time, which stoked tensions between the two sides. Antonio Mateu Lahoz drew 13 yellow cards in a bitter encounter, and was subsequently criticized by many, including Lionel Messifor some of its decisions.
Messi was the scorer for Argentina, scored by Nahuel Molina, before doubling Argentina’s lead from the penalty spot.
While Argentina struggled to overcome the Netherlands, tensions between the two sides seemed to continue to go down the tunnel as the Argentina captain lashed out at Weghorst in a post-match interview.
Messi was heard saying in Spanish on television: “Who are you looking at? Keep going stupid.”
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The host that interviewed Messi asked the star to calm down.
Notably, Messi also had friction with Dutch coach Louis van Gaal, who later announced his decision to resign as head coach.
Argentina will meet Croatia in their first semi-final on Wednesday, December 14.
Croatia, which finished as runners-up in the previous tournament, stunned five-time champions Brazil, also on penalties.
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