NETHERLANDS meet Argentina in what looks set to be a World Cup classic – and there’s a semi-final spot up for grabs.
Louis van Gaal’s side secured a place in the last eight with a convincing 3-1 win over the USA.
But now they face their biggest challenge yet as they face Argentina and Lionel Messi.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker, 35, was in brilliant form in Qatar, scoring three times and producing an outstanding performance against Australia.
He’s taking part in his fifth and final World Championship with the aim of winning the one trophy he has eluded throughout his career.
But can Messi muster the magic to put the South Americans through to the semis?
How did you come here?
Holland easily beat Senegal and Qatar, with a stunning draw against Ecuador in between.
The Dutch then beat the USA 3-1 in the second round in their best performance to date in Qatar.
Argentina were stunned by Saudi Arabia in their opener as they lost 2-1 in one of THE biggest upsets of the World Cup.
But victories over Mexico and Poland secured them top spot in their group before beating Australia 2-1 in the Round of 16.
What’s new from the team and are there any injuries to worry about?
Van Gaal have a full squad to choose from ahead of Friday’s clash, with Jeremie Frimpong and Stefan de Vrij both recovering from minor injuries in time for the game.
Argentina’s Papu Gomez replaced Angel Di Maria in the win over Australia but escaped with a sprained ankle in the 50th minute.
Gomez is now doubtful for the match but Di Maria is expected to return after an issue with his quad.
Who will the star men be?
It goes without saying who Argentina’s most important man is, but there are others to watch out for besides Messi.
Julian Alvarez excelled against Poland and Australia, scoring in both games.
And midfielder Enzo Fernandez is another man to watch out for in Lionel Scaloni’s side.
For Holland, Cody Gakpo has been the standout star, while full-back Denzel Dumfries produced a sensational performance against the USA.
Memphis Depay is also returning to form and could play a crucial role for the rest of the tournament after scoring a goal in the round of 16.
What is head to head?
Holland and Argentina have met nine times in the past, with the Dutch winning four, drawing two and losing three.
One of their most famous encounters is Holland’s 4-0 win over Argentina in the group stage of the 1974 World Cup, but the South Americans retaliated with a 3-1 win in the final four years later.
Holland beat Argentina in the quarter-finals of the 1998 World Cup thanks to THAT famous Dennis Bergkamp goal.
But in their most recent encounter, in the semi-finals of the 2014 tournament, Argentina beat the Netherlands on penalties after a dismal goalless 120 minutes.
This will be an incredibly competitive match between two teams that are playing at a very similar level. Expect a nip and tuck for 90 minutes, with Argentina potentially buckling it in extra time. 1-2 Argentina (after extra time)
When is Netherlands vs Argentina?
- The delicious duel of Netherlands vs Argentina will take place TODAY – Friday, December 9th.
- The World Cup quarter-final game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. UK time.
- Lusali Stadium is the dedicated arena for this eye-catching competition and can host a whopping 88,966 fans.
- Argentina sent Holland out of the semi-finals on penalties in 2014.
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What TV channel is it on and can it be streamed live?
- Netherlands vs Argentina will be broadcast LIVE BBC One In the United Kingdom.
- Transmission begins at 18:15 UK time – 45 minutes before kick-off.
- Viewers also have the option to stream the game live via the BBC iPlayer app or via the BBC Sport website.
Can I watch it for free?
YUP! Fans in the UK can watch the Netherlands vs Argentina game FREE as long as you have a valid TV license.
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How are the chances?
After 90 mins
- Netherlands 5/2
- Draw 2/1
- Argentina 6/5
- Netherlands 13.10
- Argentina 6/10
*Odds provided by Betfair are correct at time of publication
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