Dumfries 'loses his head' as he confronts Argentina staff after Netherlands defeat
Netherlands star Denzel Dumfries ‘completely lost his head’ during the ill-tempered quarter-final clash with Argentina at the World Cup.
The Dutch fought back from 2-0 down to take the match to a penalty shootout, however it was Lionel Messi and co who progressed to the semi-finals in the most dramatic fashion.
AFPReferee Lahoz gave Dumfries a red card after the penalty shoot-out
GettyDumfries was not a happy man during the Netherlands’ defeat to Argentina
GettyHe gave away a penalty which allowed Messi to double Argentina’s lead
Argentina’s second goal came as a result of a late challenge from Dumfries on Marcos Acuna, leading to Messi converting from the spot.
However it was that spot-kick that got the Inter Milan star’s temper bubbling away.
An on-field scuffle then broke out as Leandro Paredes booted the ball directly at the Netherlands bench, ensuring that the rest of the game was played with real aggression from both sides.
Argentina went on to keep their heads and secure a shoot-out victory, despite a number of Dutch players trying to interfere with them in the build-up to the penalties being taken.
However, Dumfries was less-than impressed after the end of the match with talkSPORT commentator Ian Danter witnessing his fury as he was sent off after the final whistle.
Commentating after the conclusion of the shootout, he said: “There are still some angry Dutch players out there, Dumfries out there is still wanting words with some of those players. It’s looking rather unseemly out there.
GettyHe was then embroiled in an argument with Argentina’s players in the build-up to the penalty shootout
GettyHe was eventually booked after ‘losing his head’ after Argentina had won the shootout
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“Dumfries is trying to go for one of the Argentinian coaching staff, what on earth is going on down there?
“In the midst of this the Argentina players are trying to celebrate, but Denzel Dumfries has lost his head down there.”
Adrian Durham then added: “Dumfries completely lost his head. How on earth he’s not got a red card in this game, I’ll never know.
“An incredible, incredible football match. Plenty of argy-bargy with the Argies barging the Dutch out of this World Cup.”
Dumfries, though, did get a red in the aftermath and his conduct certainly warranted one.
And it was a busy game for the referee, who handed out a total of 18 yellow cards across the 120 minutes, and even after the shoot-out had finished – a new record for a World Cup game.
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