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Netherlands produce greatest set piece ever taken to score with last kick of the game vs Argentina

The Netherlands produce what is being hailed as the greatest set piece ever taken to score with the last kick of the game vs Argentina.

Wout Weghorst sent the World Cup quarter final to extra time and what a free-kick this was as Teun Koopmeiners disguised to shoot and played it inside for Weghorst to take a touch and poke his shot low beyond Emi Martinez.

It was a magnificently worked goal. Genius from Louis van Gaal, straight off the training ground with Teun Koopmeiners getting the assist of the World Cup.

Argentina lost a 2-0 lead after former Burnley player Weghorst came off the bench and netted two late goals to force extra time in their quarter final matchup of the 2022 World Cup on Friday night.

The Netherlands started the game with the usual 5-2-1-2 starting shape Louis van Gaal likes to run, but on this occasion, Memphis Depay dropped to the No. 10 playmaking role with Steven Bergwijn coming in up top to pair with Cody Gakpo.

Argentina went for a 3-5-2 shape for the first time under manager Lionel Scaloni, with Lisandro Martinez coming in at left centre back.

Possession went to the Dutch early on, but they couldn’t create much once they got into their final third.

That came to bite them in the 35th minute as Lionel Messi and Nahuel Molina exchanged some passes that saw Messi drift into the centre of Argentina’s attacking third that drew in three defenders. Messi then provided a no-look pass to Molina which split the Dutch’s backline to make it 1-0.

Argentina held on to the lead come half time and could’ve made it 2-0 early on in the second half. Alexis Mac Allister broke free on the counter and had Rodrigo De Paul legging it down the right-hand side, but Mac Allister’s threaded pass was sent too wide as De Paul would’ve had a one-on-one chance.

The Netherlands then brought on Luuk De Jong in the 65th minute for Daley Blind to get more attacking options up top and reverted to a 4-4-2 shape.

However, the next goal went to Argentina with Marcos Acuna getting a penalty against Denzel Dumfries. Messi lined up to take it, and he gave Andries Noppert no chance at stopping it to make it 2-0 in the 73rd minute.

The Dutch fought back five minutes later when Wout Weghorst put home a header off a cross from Steven Berghuis.

But Weghorst wasn’t finished there. On a surprise set piece in the 11th minute of stoppage time, Teun Koopmeiners went low on the free kick and sent a pass to Weghorst, who finished into the back of the net with his left foot to send the game to extra time and produced wild scenes.

The game couldn’t be settled in extra time, so penalties it was.

Emiliano Martinez saved the first two Netherlands penalties from Virgil van Dijk and Berghuis, giving the Dutch a mountain to climb, with Lautaro Martinez scoring the decisive spot-kick to ensure Argentina prevailed 4-3 in the shootout.

This is what fans said as the Netherlands produce quite possibly the greatest set piece ever taken to score with the last kick of the game vs Argentina…

@sportbible: Thatโ€™s the sort of goal you concede to an exploit on FIFA

@MightyMillers20: Takes some bollocks to do that free kick

@jamesdp94: That Netherlands free kick is the best moment so far in this World Cup.

@johnlongstaff: Balls of steel to pull that! Unbelievable

@_GGarrett: And some people donโ€™t like football ๐Ÿคฏ unreal tournament

@OmarChaudhuri: The stick Netherlands would have got if that routine had gone wrong. Makes it even better. Sensational, what a moment.

@TimHoolahan: The audacity of that Netherlands goal ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

@Andy18Smith: Outrageous and magnificent, one of the best goals ive seen in a long time. Fucking balls to do that virtually last kick of the game, class. I love football #FIFAWorldCup

@TheBladette: To try this in the dying seconds of added time thoughโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฎโ€๐Ÿ’จ

@Devonlfc11: Outrageous set piece

@ktg1903: Pure and unadulterated football heritage

@wizhsn: Wow goosebumps

@Andymorris74: Free-kick in the last seconds of a World Cup QF game. Shoot? Nah, training ground routine ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘โšฝ๏ธ

@Dazzla84_SSFC: That is ballsy to even attempt that ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

@Katie_Pratten: This World Cup is insanity and I am LIVING for it

@jonsmalldon: I mean, what even is this

@dj_jusi1: Moment like this make me seriously wonder how people donโ€™t like football ๐Ÿคฃ

@RossyP1987: Learnt this at @BurnleyOfficial right?

@danmason91: Literally do this on FIFA so I don’t need to learn the actual free kick buttons.

@dinomem: Iโ€™m sorry but this is genius. The pressure at that moment to try something different, just, yeah ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘

@HEvzWhu: Could be the best free kick routine ever, so unselfish too

@grumps25: Wow!! If you donโ€™t love football and the drama then bwoy, thereโ€™s no hope for ya!! Football, itโ€™s a funny old game!

@alexdsmiff: Given the time, given the importance, that maybe the best free kick Iโ€™ve ever seen

@SamTrevitt8: Favourite goal ever I think

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