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“Cannot Give A Referee Like That A Match Of This Significance”: Messi Fumes After Quarter-Remaining Win Over Netherlands | Soccer Information

Lionel Messi stated referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz shouldn’t have officiated Argentina’s tempestuous shootout victory over the Netherlands within the World Cup quarter-finals at Lusail Stadium. Argentina received on penalties early on Saturday after a dramatic 2-2 draw by which Dutch substitute Wout Weghorst scored twice late on, together with a last-gasp equaliser from a brief free-kick awarded when German Pezzella shoved over Weghorst.

“After they received the draw I felt a variety of anger,” stated Messi. “I do not wish to speak in regards to the referee, as a result of they instantly reprimand you or sanction you, however I feel individuals noticed what occurred.

“FIFA has to evaluation that, it will possibly’t give a referee like {that a} match of this significance, once they’re lower than the duty.”

He added: “We did not have an excellent sport, after which the referee despatched it to further time. He was at all times in opposition to us. Within the final play, it was not a foul.”

Mateu Lahoz confirmed 16 yellow playing cards in complete, with Netherlands wing-back Denzel Dumfries despatched off after the penalty shootout for a second reserving.

Messi had scored his fourth aim of the event from the spot within the 73rd minute after an earlier help for Nahuel Molina’s opener.

Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was the hero, saving the Netherlands’ first two penalties earlier than Lautaro Martinez struck the profitable kick.

“We did not need further time or penalties,” stated Messi. “We suffered an excessive amount of due to how every part occurred, however it’s the quarter-finals of a World Cup.

“We knew the best way to endure when it was our flip, however we received by means of to the semi-finals. It is stunning, one thing spectacular.”

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