Argentina’s Leandro Paredes causes a huge brawl in their World Cup quarter-final with Holland after clattering Nathan Ake and smashing the ball into the Dutch subs… as Virgil van Dijk is booked for flooring him
The World Cup quarter-final between Holland and Argentina descended into chaos on Friday night when Leandro Paredes sparked a brawl on the pitch.
It came after the Juventus midfielder flew into a robust challenge on Nathan Ake before he followed up by booting the ball towards the Dutch substitutes bench, at which point players from all sides rushed around him.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was then booked after charging in and landing a firm shove on Paredes, as the referee appeared to lose control of the game.
The Netherlands clash with Argentina descended into a brawl late on in their quarter final
Leandro Paredes and Virgil van Dijk were both booked after a fiery exchange
The game ended up going to extra time after an injury time equaliser for Wout Weghorst
Van Dijk and Steven Berguis missed from 12 yards before Lautaro Martinez scored the winning penalty to set up a semi-final with Croatia.
Lionel Scaloni’s side had previously looked to be in a comfortable position, as a goal and an assist for Lionel Messi put them 2-0 up before Weghorst’s first goal in the 83rd minute.
There was another clash between players after full time, with Nicolas Otamendi handed the 12th yellow card of the game.
The scrap started after a robust challenge from Paredes on Nathan Ake in the 90th minute
The Argentine midfielder followed the challenge by booting the ball towards the Dutch bench
Fans seemed particularly frustrated with referee Mateu Lahoz, who issued 14 yellow cards, with one labelling him the ‘worst I’ve seen at a World Cup.’
Others labelled him ‘disgraceful’ an ‘terrible’ as the game broke down over the heated incident.
There were also tense scenes after the shootout had concluded with the Argentina players celebrating right in front of their opponents.
Players and staff from both sides were embroiled in a melee but it was quickly dispersed before Argentina went on to celebrate their win with their supporters.