After Netherlands suffered a painful penalty shootout loss to a Lionel Messi-led Argentina, Virgil van Dijk has stated he won’t watch any more of the Qatar World Cup.
The veteran of the Netherlands and Liverpool struggled to conceal his anger at how Argentina eliminated the Netherlands from the World Cup in Qatar.
Virgil van Dijk and the Dutch national team were unable to defeat Argentina in the World Cup quarterfinals despite a late comeback.
The Oranje of Louis van Gaal came back from being two goals down in the last 20 minutes to force extra time with the help of a brace from Wout Weghorst.
The dreaded penalty-kicks were used to break the draw after an additional 30 minutes had failed to do so.
Van Dijk was the first player for his country, and while the Liverpool defender is typically very reliable from 12 yards out, this time he saw his shot saved by La Seleccion’s star goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez of Aston Villa.
Next for the Netherlands was Steven Berghuis, but Martinez stopped both of his penalties. Finally, Lautaro Martinez converted Argentina’s fifth penalty to put an end to the match and secure Argentina’s spot in the round of 16, where they will play Croatia.
Van Dijk acknowledged this during his postgame media responsibilities. He is one person who won’t be watching.
When questioned about whether he believes Argentina will ultimately win the World Cup, he responded as follows: “I don’t care. I won’t watch any more.”
The match was a heated one, and as the game went on, there were several altercations amongst opposing players.
Leandro Paredes, on loan from Juventus, kicked the ball into the Dutch bench after chopping down Nathan Ake, and Van Dijk was the one to knock him to the ground.
At full time, Van Dijk declined to comment on some of Argentina’s antics, but it was obvious that everyone connected to the Netherlands national team was incensed by how their opponents behaved.
Surprisingly, the squabbles continued even as the players went about their media duties, with Argentine legend Messi being caught on camera asking a Dutch camp member, “What are you looking at, fool?” before an interview.
Messi was just as enraged with referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz. He bemoaned: “I don’t want to comment about referees because then they would sanction you.
But many witnessed what occurred. I believe that Fifa must address this, because it is unacceptable to assign a referee of that caliber to a game of such significance.”
An overall sad day for Liverpool players at the World Cup resulted from Brazil’s loss to Croatia in the day’s opening match, which resulted in the elimination of Van Dijk, Fabinho, and Alisson Becker from the quarterfinals.
France will compete against England. The winner(s) of that game will then advance to the semifinals on that side of the bracket, where they will play either Portugal or Morocco.