Qatar 2022: Why is Angel Di Maria not starting for Argentina vs Netherlands?

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Argentina clash with the Netherlands in the quarterfinals of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Angel Di Maria will not start in the spectacular match and here are the important reasons why.

Argentina are one of the favorites to win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, despite not having lifted the trophy since 1986. However, this young generation of players, led by veteran superstar Lionel Messi, has taken a lot of pressure to win in 2021. The Copa America in Brazil and started the tournament in Qatar by winning Group C.

Argentina were stunned 2-1 by Saudi Arabia in the opening match, ending their amazing 36-game unbeaten run. However, the famous Albiceleste bounced back quickly with wins against Mexico (2:0) and Poland (2:0). They eliminated Australia (2:1) in the round of 16.

Now the two-time world champions (1978, 1986) are just three wins away from the title in Lionel Messi’s last chance to claim the one trophy he has missed. Angel Di Maria is one of the best players to help him, but he will not start against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals.

Why is Angel Di Maria not playing in Argentina vs Netherlands?

Angel Di Maria will not start against the Netherlands in the Qatar 2022 World Cup because of the quad injury he suffered during the last game of the group stage against Poland. The midfielder wasn’t able to play in the Round of 16 matchup with Australia.

Now, that same injury is the reason why Angel Di Maria won’t be in the starting lineup. However, the midfielder is available to come from the bench in any situation during the single-elimination game at Lusail Stadium.

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