MANCHESTER UNITED legend Roy Keane defended Argentina’s “s***housery” tactics against the Netherlands in the 2022 World Cup quarter-finals.
The Albiceleste made it to the semi-finals after eliminating Holland in a fiery encounter that saw them draw 2-2 before Lionel Messi and co won 4-3 on penalties.
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That was the most heated game of the entire World Cup in Qatar as referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz issued 18 yellows cards, two of which became a red for Dutch star Denzel Dumfries.
The tension wasn’t contained on the pitch as Argentine stars took shots at the Oranje after the game backstage as well.
Aston Villa star Emiliano Martinez slammed Netherlands’ then manager Louis van Gaal saying he “needs to keep his mouth shut”.
Argentina captain Messi, on the other hand, yelled at Wout Weghorst during his a post-match interview and called him “stupid”.
Keane was part of the ITV panel previewing the Argentines’ semi-final clash with Croatia.
The ex-United captain was joined by Arsenal legend Ian Wright, who described the quarter-final scenes as “pure housery”.
But the former Republic of Ireland hardman praised Lionel Scaloni’s men because they showed fight.
Keane told ITV: “I didn’t like to see that, but what we have to say, we criticised them after the first game [2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia] when they got beaten, saying they didn’t show enough fight.
“So we can’t now criticise them for that because that is fight. We don’t like to see it but they showed that.
“They’re desperate to win and when you play top level football, you do stuff on the pitch, you look back and think ‘Maybe I shouldn’t’ have done it’.
“But when you’re that desperate to win, I don’t think you can be too critical.
“You get the feeling they’d do ANYTHING to win this football match tonight.”