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NETHERLANDS are facing Argentina TONIGHT in what is expected to be a World Cup classic – and there's a semi-final spot up for grabs.

The winner will face Croatia – after they sensationally defeated Brazil on penalties earlier today.

Louis van Gaal's men booked their place in the last-eight with a convincing 3-1 win over USA.

But now they face their biggest challenge yet as they come up against Argentina and Lionel Messi.

  • Kick-off: 7pm UK time
  • TV channel: BBC One
  • Live stream: BBC iPlayer
  • Netherlands XI: Noppert; Dumfries, Timber, Van Dijk, Ake, Blind; De Roon, De Jong; Gakpo, Bergwijn, Depay
  • Argentina XI: E Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, L Martínez, Acuna; De Paul, Fernandez, Mac Allister; Messi, Alvarez

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  • Sam Dymond

    Di Maria among Argentine subs

    1 Armani, 12 Rulli, 2 Foyth, 3 Tagliafico, 4 Montiel, 5 Paredes, 11 Di Maria, 14 Palacios, 15 Correa, 16 Almada, 17 Gomez, 18 Rodriguez, 21 Dybala, 22 Lauro Martinez

  • Sam Dymond

    Lisandro Martinez starts for Argentina

    Lionel Scaloni also makes one change to his team for tonight's World Cup quarter-final, and it's one that will be appreciated by Manchester United fans.

    After his heroics off the bench against Australia, centre-back Lisandro Martinez is named in the team ahead of Papu Gomez.

    It's likely to see La Albiceleste shift to three at the back while Manchester City's Julian Alvarez partners captain Lionel Messi in attack.

    Argentina (5-3-2): 23 E Martinez; 26 Molina, 13 Romero, 19 Otamendi, 25 L Martinez, 8 Acuna; 7 De Paul, 24 Fernandez, 20 Mac Allister; 9 Alvarez, 10 Messi

  • Sam Dymond

    On the Dutch bench this evening

    1 Pasveer, 13 Billow, 3 De Ligt, 6 De Vrij, 9 L De Jong, 11 Berghuis, 12 Lang, 14 Klaassen, 16 Malacia, 18 Janssen, 19 Weghorst, 20 Koopmeiners, 24 Taylor, 25 Simons, 26 Frimpong

  • Sam Dymond

    One change for the Netherlands

    Louis van Gaal keeps it as close to the side that saw off the United States as possible, making only one change to his starting XI.

    Steven Bergwijn comes in for the Oranje, replacing Davy Klaassen in the forward line.

    The introduction of the former Tottenham man is likely to mean star man Cody Gakpo drops back to play behind the front two.

    Netherlands (3-4-1-2): 23 Noppert; 2 Timber, 4 Van Dijk, 5 Ake; 22 Dumfries, 15 De Roon, 21 F De Jong, 17 Blind; 8 Gakpo; 10 Depay, 7 Bergwijn

  • Sam Dymond

    Albiceleste favourites for last four

    There's very little to separate the sides in the 90-minute betting, but it's Argentina that just about claim favouritism among the bookmakers.

    • Argentina win 23/20
    • Draw 11/5
    • Netherlands win 11/4

    However, if you prefer to take extra-time and penalties into the equation (and let's face it, you probably should), Lionel Messi's men can be backed at odds-on.

    • Argentina to qualify for the semi-finals 4/7
    • Netherlands to qualify for the semi-finals 11/8

    Odds from Betfair correct at the time of post publication.

    It will be Croatia!

    Brazil are out of the World Cup after losing 4-2 on penalties!

    Argentina and the Netherlands may be preparing for their own quarter-final, but they will already have heard that it's the Croatians that await in the semis.

    Tonight's winners at the Lusail Iconic Stadium will take on Luka Modric and co. in the last four on Tuesday evening.

    Croatia 1-1 Brazil – penalties

    And we go to PENALTIES!

    Remember, Croatia or Brazil will be up next for tonight's winner in the semi-final.

    Here we go!

    Croatia 1-1 Brazil – latest

    But wait right there!

    Petkovic has EQUALISED for Croatia with THREE mins of time left in extra-time!

    We are looking like going to penalties!

    Croatia 0-1 Brazil – latest

    And it looks like it is Brazil up next for tonight's winner!

    Neymar has just scored a sensational strike on the stroke of half-time in extra-time.

    15 mins to go. And now Croatia have to play!

    • Kostas Lianos

      Netherlands stats

      The Netherlands made it to the 2022 World Cup quarter-finals after topping Group A with victories over Senegal and hosts Qatar as well as a draw with Ecuador.

      Holland then bested USA in the Last 16 with a 3-1 victory, which means Louis van Gaal's men have scored eight goals and conceded only twice in four matches.

      The Oranje can qualify for the World Cup semi-finals for the fourth time, after 1998, 2010 and 2014.

      There was no semi-final stage in 1974 and 1978 when the Dutch reached the final

      Credit: Rex
    • James Orr

      Croatia vs Brazil – latest

      Remember, the winner of tonight's match is facing Croatia or Brazil…

      And we've just headed into extra-time after the game ended 0-0!

      Will we see ANOTHER Croatia penalty shoot-out?

      Credit: Getty
    • Kostas Lianos

      Head-to-Head

      The Netherlands and Argentina first faced off way back in 1974 during an international friendly in Amsterdam that the Dutch won 4-1.

      Since then, the two nations have faced off a total of nine times across all competitions.

      Holland have won a small majority of four games, compared to the Albiceleste's three victories.

      This will be the sixth time the two teams meet in the World Cup after their previous encounters in 1974, 1978, 1998, 2006 and 2014.

      The Oranje won two of the exchange – same as the Argentines with both of their victories occurring during extra-time or penalties

      Credit: Reuters
    • James Orr

      Welcome to Netherlands vs Argentina

      Hello and welcome to a HUGE World Cup quarter-final tonight…it is Netherlands vs Argentina!

      And remember the winner faces Brazil or Croatia in the semi-final on Tuesday night.

      To get to the quarter-final tonight, Netherlands comfortably beat Senegal and Qatar, with an underwhelming draw against Ecuador sandwiched in between.

      The Dutch then swatted USA aside 3-1 in the second round in their best performance in Qatar to date.

      Argentina were stunned by Saudi Arabia in their opener as they lost 2-1 in one of THE great World Cup upsets.

      But wins over Mexico and Poland ensured they topped the group, before a 2-1 victory over Australia in the last-16.

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