This is the match everyone expected to see, right?
First off, massive shout out to Croatia for getting an ET equalizer vs Brazil to send the game to PK’s. I honestly thought the game was over when Neymar scored. Croatia showed massive poise and an ability to go snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. This team is on a revenge tour and Argentina is the last team standing between Croatia and a second consecutive finals appearance.
Argentina looked to be the better side for the first 70 minutes of their match. Then the Netherlands brought on their big bodies and exposed a pretty significant weakness. This Argentinian team is SHORT and big bodies give them problems. Especially on set pieces. Croatia will hopefully have noticed that, because they definitely have a height advantage. Modric should be able to drop in dangerous balls for aerials in the box.
Ultimately Argentina won the match vs Netherlands in a PK shootout. It’s no secret that I had a major problem with the ref in that match. Messi had an obvious handball he wasn’t booked for, Argentina probably should have been shown a red for blasting the ball at Netherlands bench, calls were inconsistent at best, etc. etc. I would say that I was shocked by this atrocious officiating, but Lahoz is a La Liga ref and I am very familiar with his circus.