Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has told outgoing Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal to “shut up” after saving two penalties in a sulky World Cup quarter-final penalty shootout win.
After Lionel Messi lit up the Lusail Stadium with a goal and an assist, Argentina looked set for a semi-final encounter with Croatia only substitute Wout Weghorst scored twice to seal a remarkable 2-2 draw.
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Aston Villa stopper Martinez then took center stage, saving from Virgil van Dijk and Steven Berghuis as the Netherlands lost 4-3 on penalties to Argentina in a repeat of the 2014 semi-final.
But after the win, Martinez lashed out at both van Gaal and referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz, who struggled to control an emotional encounter that saw more than one flash point between the sides.
“It was a tricky game,” Martinez told beIN Sports.
“I felt we controlled the game really well. We took a 2-0 lead, basically we controlled the game. The referee gave everything for her.
“He gave 10 minutes (overtime) for no reason. He gave them free-kicks outside the box, like two or three times.
“He just wanted them to score, that was basically it. Hopefully we don’t have that referee anymore. He’s useless.”
Speaking of the Netherlands manager, Martinez added: “I heard Van Gaal say: ‘We have an advantage in the penalty shoot-out. If we go to penalties, we win.”
“I think he needs to shut up.”
Messi also claimed Lahoz is not up to the task of refereeing the games.
“It (the equalizer) came from a set piece that I didn’t think was a foul,” he said.
“I don’t want to talk about referees because you can be sanctioned. I don’t think he was up to standard, he was very damaging to us.”
Unlike his captain or goalkeeper, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni refused to discuss the official’s performance, who showed 15 yellow cards during a game Scaloni described as “heated up”.
Messi created a magic moment to break the deadlock, setting up Nahuel Molina with a blind reverse pass before doubling the lead with a second-half penalty.
But it was Weghorst’s introduction that made a scintillating comeback.
The tall striker headed brilliantly into Berghuis’ cross and then, when a last-minute free-kick was missed, Teun Koopmeiners rolled a pass into the box, where Weghorst saved his opponent to equalize – an action by van Gaal that showed the striker in introduced to the squad and worked on in training.
“I had a wonderful time and yes, it hurts a lot to see how we went out,” said the 71-year-old van Gaal, who was also in charge of the 2014 defeat.
“That was my very last match. My third term as head coach. In that time I’ve coached 20 games but haven’t lost a single one. I think it’s google you can look that up on.”
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