The South Americans are through to a World Cup semi-final clash with Croatia.
There was no-one in the stands, no matter their vantage point, who saw coming the passes from Lionel Messi and Teun Koopmeiners, which illuminated an exhausting, exhilarating World Cup classic between Argentina and the Netherlands. Argentina won this quarter-final on penalties, Emiliano Martinez saving from Virgil Van Dijk and Steven Berghuis, following a pulsating 2-2 draw which often felt scarcely believable. Messi’s majestic first-half assist for Nahuel Molina and 10th World Cup goal from the penalty spot put Argentina in full command but they were pegged back by a double from substitute Wout Weghorst, the equaliser in the 11th minute of stoppage time from Koopmeiners’ free-kick.
Argentina managed to avoid repeating Brazil's mistakes in beating the Netherlands, but they did so narrowest means manageable when they didn't need to.
With the World Cup last 16 stage finished and the quarter-finals half-way through, now is the perfect time to take stock and look back at the events of the past two weeks.