After one of the most thrilling group stages in World Cup history, the Round of 16 has also finally ended and now the tournament has got the 8 quarter-finalists who are France, England, Portugal, Morocco, Argentina, Netherlands, Brazil and Croatia. Now on the first matchday, it’s a direct repeat of the 2014 World Cup semi-finals as Argentina will take on their arch rivals the Netherlands at the Lusail stadium. The Dutch are coming into this game by comfortably beating the USA in the round of 16 by a score of 3-1, whereas the South American side just edged past Australia to progress through the quarters.
The last 2 times these two teams did meet, it was a goal-less affair in the match and this time out they would be hoping to finish the game before the penalty shootout as during penalties it’s simply a ‘lottery’. The Dutch would be looking to seek revenge for the 2014 semi-final loss against the Argentines. Whereas Lionel Messi who finally scored his first knock match goal in the World Cup would be looking to win the trophy that he desires the most as this would be the last chance for him to win it. However, beating Van Gaal’s side won’t be that easy as currently they are on a 19-match unbeaten streak and they would be aiming to continue on that. But Argentina would be having a sensational crowd support cause it is reported that during the game there would be more than 50,000 Argentine supporters and for the Netherlands, there would be only 1400. So all in all, it would surely be a delightful match between both these giants.
Date and Time Netherlands vs Argentina
10th December: 12:30 am
Where to watch Netherlands vs Argentina?
The Indian viewers can watch te match on Jio Cinema, Voot and Sports 18.
Predicted Lineups Netherlands vs Argentina
Netherlands: Noppert; Timber, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, De Jong, De Roon, Blind; Klaassen; Gakpo, Depay
Argentina: Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna; Fernandez, De Paul, Mac Allister; Di Maria, Messi, Alvarez
Match Predictions Netherlands vs Argentina
Netherlands 1-3 Argentina