Saturday, January 28, 2023

Argentina players celebrate reaching the semi-finals after a hard-fought win

BUENOS AIRES ( Associated Press) — Unaware of the scorching heat in a large plaza in Buenos Aires, thousands of fans, many of them wearing jerseys of their idol Lionel Messi, jumped and hugged endlessly. Argentina took another step forward in the World Cup by defeating the Netherlands on penalties after an exciting match played on Friday and reached the semi-finals.

Lautaro Martínez’s goal sealed Argentina’s 4–3 victory in the penalty shootout, wowing the crowd gathered in front of a large screen where they could follow the match.

The dream of being among the four best teams in the World Cup was coming true.

“Argentina, Argentina!” shouted the fans, including entire families with children sitting on their parents’ shoulders.

“We are suffering as ever, but there is always another opportunity, in each stage there is an opportunity; So, come on Argentina, go Messi!” Alexis Sandon, 22, told The Associated Press after the meeting.

Around the young man, a group of fans in light blue and white hats danced in a circle while he unbuttoned his shirt and sang: “Ole, ole ole… Every day I love you more. I love Argentina.” Oh, this is a feeling, I can’t stop”.

“It was great, a heart-warming final,” said Costa Rican Jorge Sanchez, who was mingling with the Argentine crowd and wearing a feathered cap in the national team’s colours.

Romina Fernandez, who was accompanied by her young daughter and carried a large Argentine flag, highlighted the achievement of the Messi-led team, despite the fact that Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoj was “a shame” because In his opinion he had taken the side of the Dutch. ,

The fans also praised goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez, who saved the first two penalties of the Netherlands, which was decisive for the Albiceleste team to qualify for the quarter-finals.

The South Americans took a two-goal lead early on, but a brace from striker Wout Verghorst took the game to extra time and eventually a penalty shootout.

Thousands of other Argentines, draped in pale blue and white flags, gathered at more points in Buenos Aires and other cities across the country to witness the match, which saw the South American team win another World Cup title since the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. Lets continue dreaming of the World Cup. and Mexico 1986.

Dozens of people gathered to watch the game at the house where Diego Maradona lived in Buenos Aires. The new owners turned it into a neighborhood meeting place to remember the deceased football star and follow Argentine matches.

“I live back here, I’m a neighbor; I saw people watching the game the other day and I said: ‘This time I’m going to watch it’. He opened doors for me. I’m very happy and very excited,” Lucia Díaz Castelli, who enjoyed meeting with relatives of the homeowners and neighbors, told the Associated Press.

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Associated Press video reporters Leo Lavelle and Natalyo Kosoy contributed to this note

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