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Who is Wout Weghorst? Netherlands striker stuns Argentina with late goals in 2022 World Cup quarterfinal

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Netherlands looked down and out in their 2022 World Cup quarterfinal against Argentina — that was until Wout Weghorst came on to the field. 

With the Dutch behind 2-0 after 73 minutes, Weghorst was sent on in the 78th minute as a substitute and pulled a goal back for the Netherlands five minutes later with a routine header. 

Then, with the one of the last kicks of the game in injury time, the striker was picked out in the box after a genius free-kick routine, and he managed to once again find the back of the net to stun the South Americans. 

His quickfire brace left Argentina reeling, and forced their quarterfinal match into extra time.

Here’s everything you need to know about Weghorst. 

MORE: Argentina vs Netherlands score, highlights and result

Who is Wout Weghorst?

Striker Weghorst is in his first World Cup at the age of 30. He is a forward, who made his tournament debut as a substitute against Ecuador in the group stages. 

The forward has been used sparingly off the bench by coach Louis van Gaal throughout the tournament, but he only needed 10 minutes against Argentina to make a name for himself. 

His goals against The Albiceleste were his first-ever strikes at a World Cup and came from his first two shots on target. 

Wout Weghorst Netherlands career

Weghorst only made his senior international debut for the Netherlands in 2018 under then manager Ronald Koeman. 

Prior to his goals against Argentina, he had only scored three goals across 18 appearances for the Dutch national team. 

His previous strikes came against Georgia, Ukraine and Wales. 

What club does Weghorst play for?

Weghorst is currently playing club football on a season-long loan at Turkish side Besiktas, and has scored six league goals in their 2022/23 Turkish Super Lig campaign to date, prior to the World Cup break. 

He is on loan from English club Burnley, who he joined in the January transfer window in 2022 from German side Wolfsburg. 

Weghorst began his professional career in the Netherlands, first playing in the Dutch second division with Emmen, before earning moves to Eredivisie clubs Heracles Almelo and AZ Alkmaar. 


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