The World Cup 2022 quarter-finals are here with favourites Brazil crashing out against Croatia in the early kick-off

Favourites Brazil have been knocked out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage, with Croatia beating the South Americans on penalties.

Neymar scored a wondergoal to put A Selecao in front after the game went into extra-time. But Bruno Petkovic scored an equaliser just three minutes before full-time to send the match to a penalty shoot-out.

Rodrygo saw his spot-kick saved for Brazil’s first penalty before Marquinhos hit the post with their fourth. With Croatia scoring all of their spot-kicks, that sent Brazil crashing out, a stunning result for the favourites.

Still to come tonight is a mouthwatering clash between Argentina and the Netherlands, with Lionel Messi looking to win the South Americans their first World Cup since 1986.

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Netherlands XI: Noppert; Timber, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, De Roon, De Jong, Blind; Gakpo; Depay, Bergwijn

Argentina XI: E Martínez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, L Martínez, Acuña; De Paul, Fernández, Mac Allister; Messi, Álvarez

Unfortunately, that’s all we’ve got time for this evening!

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Gary Lineker has blasted World Cup referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz for making “Mike Dean seem shy” due to his card-happy antics during the clash between Argentina and Netherlands.

Whilst Argentina forward Angel Di Maria might be feeling a little bit better now, he was furious not that long ago.

Having seen his nation let their two-goal lead slip, the Juventus star was seen hurling a water bottle to the floor in anger.

Take a look at everything Mirror Sport noticed from Argentina’s titanic victory over the Netherlands right here

And that’s that!

The Inter Milan man sends his spot-kick high into the top corner and Argentina are through!

Jubilant scenes at the Lusail Stadium!

De Jong this time rolls home!

The responsibilty now falls to Lautaro Martinez.

Oh no! That was the chance to put Argentina into the last four but he pulls his effort wide of the bottom corner.

The Netherlands are still alive…just!

Super sub Weghorst must score to keep Weghorst in the game and he does just that!

Great penalty from the forward.

And it’s one foot in the semi-final for Argentina.

Montiel sends Noppert the wrong way and scores.

Koopmeiners does indeed score for the Netherlands and it’s a great penalty!

Paredes – who is somewhat lucky to still be on the pitch – scores!

His effort goes into the bottom left corner. The Netherlands now all-but have to score to stay in it.

Steven Berghuis is the next to step up for the Netherlands and Martinez this time saves his effort.

This is quite something from the Aston Villa man.

Messi is the first man to take the responsibilty for Argentina.

He coolly rolls home! Pressure on the Dutch now.

Virgil van Dijk is the first man to step up and… sees his effort parried by Martinez!

Advantage Argentina!

Fernandez thinks he’s won it for Argentina!

He takes aim with a swerving effort but it hits the far upright and spins away.

Noppert clears and the final whistle goes. We’re going to a second consecutive penalty shootout…

This has turned into a basketball game with both sides taking it in turns to go forwards.

Martinez swivels and shoots just outside of the Dutch penalty area with Noppert forced to parry his powerful effort away.

Messi then sees an effort roll just wide of the base of the post. Last chance saloon now…

Amazing block from Virgil van Dijk as Lautaro Martinez lets fly!

The Liverpool defender chests the striker’s effort away for a corner.

Well, this could write a storyline. Angel di Maria is introduced for Argentina as he comes on in place of Lisandro Martinez.

Could he be coming on to take a penalty?

And we’re back underway!

15 minutes left for either side to find a winning goal.

It’s half-time in extra-time and it remains 2-2.

Argentina enjoyed plenty of possession over the last 15 minutes but without any real chances. Can they find a way to go back in front or will we head into penalties?

And the referee blows the full-time whistle!

We’re going to have an extra half an hour of this us the players come together and clash!

The Argentina players are absolutely furious. Get strapped in, ladies and gents, this could go down as an all-time classic.


WOW WOW WOW WOW! It’s level and we’re heading for extra-time!

A stunning routine sees the ball rolled into Weghorst and he tucks the ball home! This is absolutely unbelievable!

Into the final seconds and the Netherlands have a free-kick on the edge of the Argentina penalty area.

This will be their last chance…

The fourth official signals ten minutes of stappage time!

Can the Dutch find a way back into this one?

Wow, the Netherlands bench piles onto the pitch as tempers threaten to boil over.

Paredes kicks the ball into the bench after he gives away a foul. All of the substitutes pile onto the pitch but only one yellow card is shown as everything settles down.

Well, that throws a cat amongst the pidgeons. A ball is lofted into the Argentina box and gigantic forward Wout Weghorst connects and directs the ball into the far corner.

Messi takes and Messi scores! The PSG star hammers his penalty into the side-netting as Argentina double their lead.

It’s going to be hard for the Dutch to come back from this you’d imagine.

Argentina now have a golden opportunity to double their lead as the referee points to the spot and it’s an easy decision.

Acuna attempts to cut back in having sprinted down the left and has his feet swept from underneath him by Dumfries.

Messi is really strutting his stuff now.

The PSG forward picks the ball up in midfield again and runs at Virgil van Dijk. The Liverpool man can’t go close enough so just resorts to shoving the Argentine over.

From the resulting free-kick, Messi only just lifts his effort over the crossbar as the roof of the net is rippled.

That should really be 2-0 for Argentina as they break on the Netherlands.

It’s three on three with Mac Allister receiving the ball in the centre of the park. All he needs to do is roll the ball into Rodrigo de Paul but he forces his colleague wide and the attack breaks down.

And the referee brings the first period of the game to a close.

It’s not been a classic so far but Argentina will not care. They lead and are now just 45 minutes away from securing a World Cup semi-final date with Croatia.

Spurs defender for Cristian Romero. He bizarrely sticks out an arm and stops a Netherlands attack.

From the resultant free-kick, Nathan Ake almost gets his head to the ball and claims he was pushed. VAR takes a brief look at the incident but it’s just a goal-kick.

Just a little bit of petulance from Timber there and he picks up a booking for the please.

Denzel Dumfries is fouled by Marcos Acuna, the Ajax defender being left incensed by the challenge and shoves the Argentine to the floor. He is immediately booked.

Acuna also receives a yellow card for his original challenge.

We finally have lift-off as Argentina take the lead and that man Lionel Messi is at the heart of things yet again! The PSG forward picks up the ball in the heart of midfield and evades a number of challenges.

His reverse ball to Molina, who pokes his effort underneath the Dutch goalkeeper. Sumptuous football from the South Americans!

Manager of Brazil Tite is set to leave his role following the nation’s penalty shootout defeat to Croatia on Friday.

The decision had already been confirmed in February but the 61-year-old has now officially departed having led the Selecao to the quarter-finals in Qatar..

It’s beena bit of a cagey opening so, Argentina have got into a dangerous position a couple of times but the Netherlands defence has held firm. Netherlands 0-0 Argentina

We’re underway at the Lusail Stadium for the final quarter-final of the day, between Argentina and the Netherlands.

Louis van Gaal hit back at criticism from Angel di Maria in the build-up to this game, after the Argentina star labelled him the “worst coach” he has played under.

“I don’t like it that Angel said that, it’s a pity. But sometimes a head coach has to take decisions that don’t always end well.

“He (Di Maria) is one of the very few players who has ever said that, normally it’s the other way round,” said Van Gaal, before suggesting he and Depay were now close enough that he would happily give the forward a kiss.

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