Messi converted in the spot kick showdown, as Emiliano Martinez emerged as the Argentina hero, to continue their journey in Qatar.
However, on a night of huge drama, including an 101st minute equaliser for the Dutch, Spanish official Lahoz was at the centre of attention at full time.
The Valencian handed out a World Cup record 16 yellow cards, including a second booking after the shootout for Denzel Dumfries, after a string of flashpoints between opposing players and coaches.
Messi was asked about his view on Lahoz after the game and the former Barcelona superstar was clearly angered by the situation.
“I don’t want to talk about the referee because you can’t be honest”, as per reports from Marca.
“If you talk, they penalise you. FIFA must think about it, they can’t have a referee like that, for these instances.
“You can’t put in a referee who is not up to the task. We were afraid before the game because we knew what he is like.”
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Messi’s anger continued into his post match media duties, as he appeared to argue with Dutch substitute Wout Weghorst, as Argentina booked a last four tie with Croatia on December 13.
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