The two-time World Cup champion (1978, 1986) Albicelestes will take on the Netherlands in a quarterfinal match Friday at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar.
Messi, a seven-time Ballon d’Or winner and the 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year, first played in a World Cup for Argentina in 2006. He is the most capped player in Argentina history (169) and has scored three goals in Qatar, tied for second best, and has an assist.
Argentina won twice and lost once to win Group C, then beat Australia 2-1 in the knockout stage. Argentina has outscored its past three opponents by a combined score of 6-1.
Netherlands won twice and played to a draw to win Group A, then eliminated the United States 3-1 in the knockout stage.
Het Nederlands Elftal (the Dutch 11) finished second in the World Cup in 1974, 1978 and 2010, and finished third in 2014. PSV Eindhoven forward Cody Gakpo has scored three goals for Netherlands in Qatar, putting him in a nine-way tie for second place in the tournament. Inter Milan defender Denzel Dumfries and Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen each have two assists for Netherlands.
Here’s how to bet the Netherlands-Argentina match, from the moneyline, draw, Over/Under total odds and expert pick (odds via FOX Bet).
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Pick via FOX Sports soccer writer Doug McIntyre:
Two of the eight round of 16 matches went to the tiebreaker, and the quarterfinals will be even tighter. The last time these two teams met at a World Cup — in the semis in 2014 — the match ended on penalties.
That’s not a bad bet this time as the Dutch have been stingy defensively while Argentina has been less than convincing in attack.
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