Unseen footage shows why Lionel Messi was furious with Wout Weghorst, even Sergio Aguero got involved
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As Argentina and the Netherlands played out a World Cup classic last night, the feisty affair rumbled on after the final whistle, with Wout Weghorst sparking drama in the tunnel.
The heated quarter-final saw the South American side triumph on penalties, with Lautaro Martinez sending his side through to the semi-finals where they will take on Croatia.
Throughout the game, the tension was always building as the game began to combust into life in the second half with big tackles, big moments and even team brawls.
It even saw the usually calm and harmonious Lionel Messi in a state of aggression the likes of which we haven't really seen before and it was certainly that type of night.
Messi was seen distracted by someone during his post-match interview interview, as he angrily snapped at Netherlands forward Weghorst who, for some reason, decided to antagonise the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner. This then spilled into the tunnel, as footage shows him arguing with Lisandro Martinez, Lautaro Martinez, members of Argentina's staff and even former Argentina striker Sergio Aguero. Check out the video below:
Whilst the altercation wasn't physical, Messi had hit out at the striker telling him "What you looking at, fool? Go on, get out of here."
It clearly continued in the tunnel, as the Argentinian players clearly looked to stand up for their captain in the wake of their win.
One Argentinian fan seemed to translate some of the conversation, seemingly confirming that Lisandro had told Weghorst “Come on, We’re a better team,” insinuating that it really was a case of toys being thrown out of the pram from the six foot six forward.
Messi had previously dazzled during the 90 minutes with an incredible, defence-splitting assist for Nahuel Molina for the opener - a pass so special we're still trying to figure out just how exactly he even saw the opening.
He then added a convincing penalty that saw his side go two goals up in the 73rd minute, as Argentina looked home and dry following a tense game.
However, Louis van Gaal's side refused to lie down, as Weghorst bagged a powerful header 10 minutes from time.
They then drew level in spectacular fashion with the last kick of the 10 added minutes of injury time, as a free-kick just outside the box was slipped into the former Burnley forward, surprising everyone, before he finished expertly to take the game into extra-time.
With the two sides unable to score in extra-time, they headed to penalties where Emi Martinez was the hero for his country once again saving two penalties from Virgil van Dijk and Steven Berghuis as they won 4-3 in the shootout.
Next up is Croatia in the semi-finals, as the 2018 finalists edged out favourites Brazil in another penalty shootout to reach back-to-back semi-finals - what a World Cup this is turning out to be.