Wout Weghorst’s One hundred and first-minute purpose to pressure further time within the Netherlands’ World Cup quarter-final was a well-liked transfer, one he made beforehand two years in the past.
When Weghorst was enjoying for Wolfsburg in opposition to Bielefeld, a free kick that was anticipated to be taken at purpose was performed at his toes, fooling the defence, and he took a contact earlier than conceding it, ensuing within the first purpose.
At Lusail Stadium on Friday, after greater than ten minutes added, the Netherlands stunned the world – and Argentina – by enjoying the ball to interchange Weghorst’s toes on a free kick, somewhat than taking a shot.
Wout Weghorst’s equalizer within the One hundred and first minute was similar to the one he scored for Wolfsburg
It was similar to the Wolfsburg purpose that opened a 2-1 win in 2020, as somebody tweeted shortly after the attract Qatar.
Weghorst performed for Bundesliga facet Wolfsburg between 2018 and 2022, earlier than transferring to Burnley. The 30-year-old striker is presently on mortgage at Besiktas for the Lancashire facet.
He scored his first worldwide purpose in June 2021 in a pleasant match in opposition to Georgia. He additionally discovered the web in entrance of Dutch followers at Euro 2020 in opposition to Ukraine and in a Nations League recreation in Wales.
At Lusail Stadium, Argentina took a 2-0 lead by way of Nahuel Molina’s first-half purpose and Lionel Messi’s penalty within the 73rd minute.
Weghorst’s last free-kick play ensured the Netherlands went into further time with Argentina.
Nevertheless, Weghorst got here off the bench to attain twice for the Netherlands to safe further time. The primary was a large header that bounced off Argentine goalkeeper Emi Martinez, whereas the second caught the world’s consideration, securing a draw with seconds remaining.
Within the shootout, Weghorst scored the Netherlands’ fourth penalty of their 5, however Argentina received the shootout 4–3, Lautaro Martínez scoring the decisive penalty.
The match was marred by a brawl sparked by a conflict between Argentine Leandro Paredes and Dutchman Nathan Ake.
Some followers felt that Cristian Romero ought to have obtained a crimson card for hitting the ball away from opponent Memphis Depay. As a substitute, the referee issued a yellow card for the incident, which was likened to the game of volleyball.
Weghorst, on mortgage at Besiktas, was naturally devastated by the Netherlands’ World Cup elimination.