Looking back at Argentina’s performance in the World Cup in Russia, it was first upset by Iceland and then defeated by Croatia. Although it won against Nigeria and advanced, it was eliminated by the champion France in the round of 16. The first match of this World Cup was another terrible loss to Saudi Arabia. Fortunately, they recovered in time and defeated Mexico and Poland one after the other, kicking out Australia in the round of 16 and advancing to the top 8 again. But whether the general Ángel Di María can make a timely comeback against the Netherlands will be the key to victory.
On the other hand, the Netherlands did not qualify for the last World Cup. However, the Netherlands, which was assigned to Group A this year, showed strong team strength in the group stage. It achieved 2 wins in 3 games. Then, they met the United States in the round of 16 without encountering too many obstacles and easily passed 3-1. In the past, the Netherlands participated in the World Cup and entered the final three times, but unfortunately, they failed to win the championship as they wished, and the title of uncrowned king spread like wildfire.
Looking back at the last match between Argentina and the Netherlands, the former won the 2014 semi-finals, but the lineups of both sides have changed significantly after 8 years. Lionel Messi is the only player in Argentina’s history who has played in the World Cup 5 consecutive times. This World Cup will be his last chance to lift the Hercules Cup. From the second game of the group stage, Messi’s state has been maintained at a high level. Argentina wants to overcome the barrier that the Netherlands’ defense is better than its offense. Relying on Messi, who has a strong ability to score on his own and can also assist his teammates, is the inevitable and most useful way to win.