NETHERLANDS V ARGENTINA – what the stats say

football09 December 2022 08:55

This will be the sixth World Cup meeting between Netherlands and Argentina, with only Brazil against Sweden (7) and Argentina against Germany (7) being played more often in the competition.

Netherlands have lost just one of their nine meetings with Argentina in all competitions (W4 D4), with that loss coming in the 1978 World Cup final. However, the most recent of those four draws did result in a penalty shootout defeat, in the last meeting between the sides in the 2014 World Cup semifinal.

The last two World Cup meetings between Netherlands and Argentina have finished 0-0, in the 2006 group stages and the 2014 semifinal (Argentina progressing on penalties).

Since losing the 1930 final against Uruguay, each of Argentina's last nine eliminations from the World Cup knockout rounds (including finals) have come against European nations, including a 2-1 loss to Netherlands in the 1998 quarterfinal.

Netherlands have progressed from their last three World Cup quarterfinal matches (1998, 2010, 2014), with their only defeat at this stage coming in 1994 against eventual winners Brazil.

Argentina have been eliminated from three of their last four World Cup quarterfinal matches, though they did win their last such match against Belgium in 2014. In each of the three World Cup quarterfinal matches they've progressed from, they've ended up reaching the final (1986, 1990 and 2014).

Louis van Gaal is unbeaten in his 11 World Cup matches as a manager (W8 D3) – if Netherlands avoid defeat in this game, he will equal Luiz Felipe Scolari's record of 12 games without defeat from the start of a World Cup managerial career.

Memphis Depay has been involved in 34 goals in his last 30 appearances for Netherlands in all competitions, scoring 24 and assisting 10.

Lionel Messi has scored nine goals at the World Cup, second only to Gabriel Batistuta (10) for Argentina. His opener against Australia last time out was his first goal in the knockout stages of the competition.

Julián Álvarez has scored in each of his two World Cup starts – only three Argentina players have scored in their first three; Guillermo Stabile in 1930, Oreste Corbatta in 1958 and Hernán Crespo in 2006. If he starts and scores in this match, at 22 years and 312 days of age, he'd be the youngest to score in his first three World Cup starts since Téofilo Cubillas in 1970 (21y 94d).

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