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Burnley outcast Wout Weghorst nearly eclipsed Lionel Messi with a dramatic late brace for the Netherlands to work Argentina to World Cup victory

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Wout Weghorst nearly denied Lionel Messi and Argentina a World Cup win after his brace took the clash with the Netherlands to extra time and a penalty shootout.

The Burnley striker, currently on loan at Besiktas, was introduced after 78 minutes of the quarter-final clash but made his mark in spectacular fashion.

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Weghorst surprised Argentina with a late brace

His strikes caused pandemonium as the Netherlands forced Argentina into extra time

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His strikes caused pandemonium as the Netherlands forced Argentina into extra time

First he placed a well-taken header past Emiliano Martinez to bring the Dutch back into the game at 2-1.

But a stunning late goal threw the cat firmly among the pigeons.

With 10 minutes of additional time to play, Argentina clings.

It looked like they were about to see it, but in the 100th minute they received a shocking blow.

A free kick is given at the entrance to the area after a senseless tackle from substitute Germán Pezzella.

And Weghorst then fired from close range after a well-taken free-kick from Teun Koopmeiners.


Clearly a repeat routine, Weghorst had scored an identical effort two years ago for Wolfsburg in a clash with Arminia Bielefeld.

The 30-year-old striker managed just two goals in 20 appearances for Burnley last season as they were relegated from the Premier League but has certainly saved his best for the biggest stage of them all.

However, despite their late heroics, it wasn’t enough as Argentina secured a penalty shoot-out victory to send them through to the semi-finals where they will face Croatia.

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