• Stats Perform

    Martinez gives magnificent Messi helping hand in last-eight epic

    Emiliano Martinez matched Lionel Messi's heroics to keep the Argentina captain's dreams of World Cup glory alive.

  • The Telegraph

    Argentina vs Croatia, World Cup 2022 semi-final: team news, kick-off time and TV channel

    The first semi-final of the Qatar World Cup has been set up. Croatia will face Argentina, both teams having come through their quarter-finals via penalty shootouts. It is a match sure to be billed as Luca Modric vs Lionel Messi, and to judge by their respective performances in the knockout rounds so far, that wouldn't be unfair.

  • Evening Standard

    Emi Martinez slams ‘useless’ referee and tells Louis van Gaal to ‘keep his mouth shut’ in explosive interview

    Argentina hero Emiliano Martinez advised Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal to "keep his mouth shut" and described the referee as "useless" after their bad-tempered quarter-final win. Martinez saved two spot-kicks as Argentina won a pulsating game on penalties to set up a semi-final with Croatia, back at the Lusail Stadium on Tuesday night. Dutch substitute Wout Weghorst equalised in the 11th minute of stoppage-time with his second goal of the game as Van Gaal’s side fought back from 2-0 down following goals from Nahuel Molina and a Lionel Messi penalty.

  • The Independent

    World Cup: Lionel Messi and Argentina squeeze into semi-finals as Croatia stun Brazil

    Croatia stunned Brazil to reach the semi-finals of World Cup 2022, while Lionel Messi and Argentina squeezed past the Netherlands to make the last four. Both of Friday’s quarter-final fixtures went the distance, with Wout Weghorst forcing extra time and penalties with virtually the last kick of the game to ensure it finished Netherlands 2-2 Argentina after 90 minutes.