Like any self-respecting World Cup, Qatar 2022 is also providing images destined to be remembered for a long time. The joy of the players of Morocco after the victory over Spain, the bow of Hajime Moriyasu to his fans, after the elimination of Japan or the tears of Neymar after the defeat against Croatia are just some of the pictures engraved in history from the last matches.3

A real clash starring all players and technical staff. Something similar happened at the end of the first half. That between the Netherlands and Argentina was a game that offered much more than a place in the semi-finals, that much was known. It was further understood when Messi, in the excitement of the 2-0 goal in the 73rd minute, turned towards the Orange technical staff (it would later be learned that they had not liked Van Gaal’s words on the eve of the match) putting hands to ears.

On the other hand, even after the match, the developments were different from the others. Messi went to speak to Van Gaal and appeared nervous during the interview after the final whistle. The yellow cards continued to fly (17 in total), including two yellow cards, then a red, for Dumfries, who, annoyed by the Argentines’ excitement, was sent off after the game was already over.

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