Abhijit Ray, Kolkata:Argentina’s World Cup desires are still on the line in the quarter-final against Netherlands if today,seven-time Ballon d’Or winner,Lionel Messi, the world’s highest paid athletecan finally prove himself . Although, a semi-final place against either Brazil or Croatia is at always stake for the winner. “It’s going to be a very beautiful game, with two historic teams. Sadly, one team mustlose, and we hope it’s us who go through,” spoken by Argentina’s coachScaloni. Meanwhile. the Netherlands is focused on stopping Messi’s moves at any cost.Lio Messi, Argentina’s captain, was similarly clear about the task ahead.“They have great players and a great coach, it’s going to be hard-fought,” he said that “It’s the quarter-finals of a World Cup and if a World Cup has been tough from the start, it gets even tougher at this stage.”. As Argentina gear up to take on Netherlands in the FIFA World Cup quarter final Saturday, fans of the Latin American nation here Friday performed religious rituals and lit the sacrificial fire (yagna) for the Argentina’s victory. Kolkata, the football crazy city of India, has adored for generations the mesmerising skills of Latin American nations Argentina and Brazil. After summarizing many predictions. the final one would be thatBrazil will play semi-final whereas the game between Argentina and Netherlands will not be goal less rather Argentina will also reach to the semi-finals.
Netherlands possible starting lineup:
Noppert; Timber, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, De Jong, De Roon, Blind; Klaassen; Gakpo, Depay
Argentina possible starting lineup:
Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna; Fernandez, De Paul, Mac Allister; Di Maria, Messi, Alvarez