Netherlands vs Argentina FIFA LIVE Football Score 09/12/2022
The first World Cup meeting between the sides is not one Argentina will remember with fondness. They are ruthlessly torn apart in Gelsenkirchen by the brilliant Johan Cruyff-inspired Oranje, whose collective vision, movement and passing patterns are complemented by steely tackling and defensive discipline. Cruyff dances around the goalkeeper, Daniel Carnevali, to roll in the first after latching on to Johan Neeskens’s chipped pass; it is the defender Wim Rijsbergen’s crunching challenge that sets the platform for the attack. Ruud Krol soon rockets in the second from the edge of the area after a corner. In the second half, Cruyff whips an immaculate cross to the far post where Johnny Rep’s bullet header makes it 3-0. On the sidelines, the Netherlands manager, Rinus Michels, laughs, claps and rubs his hands with glee. In the last minute, after yet another fluent passing move, Wim van Hanegem’s close-range shot is beaten out by Carnevali, only for Cruyff to audaciously volley in from an angle. For a proud footballing nation such as Argentina it is particularly painful to be taught a lesson in such emphatic fashion. Total football; total domination.
Much like Qatar 2022, the 1978 tournament in Argentina is seriously tarnished by concerns over human rights abuses in the host nation: in this case the murderous military dictatorship of Jorge Rafael Videla. Before the tournament there is an international campaign for a boycott. Cruyff chooses not to play, but his decision is prompted mainly by a violent kidnapping attempt on him and his family in Barcelona rather than any political sensibilities. Rijsbergen and his teammate Wim Suurbier, instructed to ride bicycles while recovering from injuries during the tournament, visit Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, to witness protests by the mothers of the disappeared. By the end of the final Videla has achieved his dual goal: legitimisation of his regime by hosting the World Cup and for Argentina to be champions. In a narrower sporting sense, the victory is revenge for Argentina’s thrashing four years previously. After Mario Kempes slides in the opening goal, Dirk Nanninga’s header forces extra time. Another from Kempes and a third by Daniel Bertoni crush the dreams of the Netherlands, who lose a second straight World Cup final.
Patrick Kluivert’s opener in Marseille is created by a wonderfully perceptive cushioned header by Dennis Bergkamp. Five minutes later, Argentina’s equaliser arrives when the Netherlands botch their offside trap and Claudio López sprints through one-on-one, patiently waiting for his moment before passing the ball through Edwin van der Sar’s legs. Both teams are reduced to 10 men – Arthur Numan takes a second booking after fouling Diego Simeone while Ariel Ortega is sent off after clashing with Van der Sar three minutes from full-time. In the final minute, Argentina appear to have resigned themselves to extra time. They are content to let Frank de Boer advance towards halfway, backing off and allowing him time and space. It proves a costly error. De Boer drills a long diagonal pass, left to right, aimed at his former Ajax teammate Bergkamp. The Arsenal forward requires three touches with his right boot: the first to bring the ball perfectly under control after it floats over his left shoulder, another to cut back inside the covering run of the centre-back Roberto Ayala and a third to clip an expertly executed shot into the far corner beyond the helpless Carlos Roa in goal. An iconic moment and one of the greatest World Cup goals. “A dream,” De Boer would later say.
The Netherlands and Argentina meet at the World Cup for the sixth time in their history when the pair lock horns in the Quarter-Finals of Qatar 2022 today. We’re expecting an entertaining 90-minutes between a Dutch side that likes to play on the front foot and an Argentina side that has been relying on the magic of 35-year-old Lionel Messi.
We are expecting goals in this game at both ends of the pitch. Both teams have scored in two of the Netherlands’ four World Cup games so far in Qatar and the same can be said for Argentina. Both Netherlands and Argentina scored at least two goals in their last 16 matches but also conceded a goal each to lesser opposition, so you can see why we’re not backing either side to keep a clean sheet in their Quarter-Final clash.
At least three goals have been scored in five of Argentina’s last seven international matches in all competitions and over 2.5 goals were produced as the Netherlands defeated USA 3-1 in the last round of the World Cup. We’re fully expecting at least three goals to be scored in this Quater-Final tie between two teams that are at their best when playing attacking football. Neither defence fills us with complete confidence and we can see this game being decided by the forwards.
The Netherlands and Argentina have met quite a few times in World Cup history – this will be their sixth meeting at the biggest stage. Their last duel was in the semi finals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which was a tight match that was decided after penalties that sent Argentina to the final, where they lost to Germany.
Another memorable duel between these teams was back in 1998, in France, when they met in the quarter finals, in a game that was decided in the last minutes by a spectacular goal by Dennis Bergkamp. The Netherlands never looked like losing their last 16 match against the USA, taking the lead after 10-mintues through Depay. Blind scored a rare goal in first-half stoppage-time to make van Gaal’s half-time team talk that much easier and although the UA pulled a goal back through Wright, the Netherlands responded really well and sealed their passage into the Quarter-Finals with an 81st-minute goal from Dumfries that made the final scoreline 3-1.
Argentina dominated the first half against Australia but did find it hard to break the underdogs down until the 35th-minute when who else but Lionel Messi fired the South Americans in front. Alvarez added a second goal in the 57th-minute and Argentina looked like they were going to cruise to victory. However, an own goal from Fernandez in the 77th-minute gave Australia hope and with virtually the last kick of the game, Australia almost equalised and had goalkeeper Martinez to thank for keeping the scoreline at 2-1.
Kashef, Al Jazeera’s resident AI predictor, is riding high on confidence after an impressive 87.5 percent accuracy level during the round of 16. This follows Kashef’s data-driven logic that hampered his performances in the topsy-turvy group stages, which produced thrilling upsets. So he will be hoping for another good run in the quarter-finals. Kahsef has looked at more than 200 metrics, including the number of wins, goals scored, FIFA rankings and more, from matches played over the past century and can barely separate the two teams. So this looks like it could be a close match.