With Lionel Messi having lit up Lusail Stadium with a goal and an assist, Argentina seemed to be coasting to a semi-final clash against Croatia, only for Wout Weghorst to hit a brace and seal a remarkable 2-2 draw. Aston Villa stopper Martinez then took centre stage, saving from Virgil van Dijk and Steven Berghuis as the Dutch fell 4-3 on penalties to Argentina in a repeat of the 2014 semi-final.
On a feisty night full of tantrums, Argentina kept launching toys out of their pram even as Lautaro Martinez thrashed in his winner to send them through 4-3 on penalties. It had been 120 minutes of argy bargy, with a ball smashed into the dugout and bookings all over the pitch as a so-far serene World Cup finally lost its rag.
Four days on from knocking Spain out of the World Cup, Morocco are faced with another European heavyweight as they face Portugal in the quarter-finals. After finishing above Croatia and Belgium in the group stage, the Atlas Lions then stunned Spain as they won on penalties to make it beyond the last-16 stage at the World Cup for the first time ever. Fernando Santos made the huge call to drop Cristiano Ronaldo for that match and it paid off handsomely, with his 21-year-old replacement Goncalo Ramos netting the first hat-trick of the tournament.
The 2022 World Cup has reached the quarter-final stage, with penalties already coming into play aplenty.