Argentina 2-2 Netherlands:
Argentina will reap the ‘reward’ of the Netherlands’ response, says former Italy international Marchisio:
Former Italy international Claudio Marchisio says Argentina will face “luck” for their actions as they beat the Netherlands 4-3 on penalties in the World Cup quarter-finals.
La Albiceleste reached the semi-finals for the second time in three competitions with a 2-2 win over the Oranje late in extra time.
Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz handed out 14 yellow cards and 1 red card, breaking the World Cup record.
But Marchisio said Nicolas Otamendi’s behavior in Argentina, who lost on penalties to the Netherlands, would be bewildered by several displays of poor sportsmanship.
Be careful,” Marchisio wrote on Twitter. “”What you sow, you will reap. The law of karma is inexorable, evasion is impossible, [to quote] Mahatma Gandhi.”
After the penalty shootout and Lautaro Martinez’s penalty victory for Argentina, tempers boiled over with several points appearing to go badly.
Lionel Messi was also involved in a verbal spat with Oranje striker Hoss during a post-match interview with Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez accused referee Lahoz of being useless. Messi refused to criticize official matches and was expected to be punished for doing so.
Argentina will play Croatia in the first leg of the Qatar 2022 semi-finals on Tuesday. Lionel Scaloni is looking to reach the final for the second time in eight years after Brazil in 2014.
Croatia 1-1 Brazil:
‘Never Change’ – Pele pays tribute to Richarlison after Brazil leave the World Cup.
Brazilian legend Pele paid tribute to Richarlison after Selecao’s World Cup elimination, saying “never changes”.
Pre-tournament favorites Brazil were knocked out of the tournament in Qatar after losing to Croatia in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Titi’s side were hoping to win their sixth World Cup, before Richarlison apologized to fans on social media and left them heartbroken.
But Pele, who was hospitalized during the homecoming tournament in Sao Paulo, spoke highly of the 25-year-old and praised him for his decision.
“Just keep on keeping on kid,” He wrote under the former Everton player’s Instagram post. “And never change. You made Brazil smile.”
Richarlison: Leaving the tournament with three goals to his name, including a group-stage header against Serbia, was a mental reflection on missed opportunities.
“Writing this is definitely the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” he penned. “This is a wound that will stay open forever, because we all know the chances we had to get that title.
“My friends and I are going to have to live with it. Some (or many) won’t even get another chance. Now it’s time to lick our wounds, apologise to all of you and get our head straight.”
Brazil’s elimination marks their fifth consecutive World Cup deficit, with Selecao having reached the semifinals only once since last winning the tournament in 2002.
Croatia will face Argentina in the first semi-final next week as they look to return to the finals of the 2018 tournament.