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‘Argentina’s quiet man Alvarez can hurt Dutch’

The Netherlands must beware of Argentina’s “quiet” assassin Julian Alvarez when they meet in their World Cup quarter-final on Friday, his Manchester City team-mate Nathan…

The Netherlands must beware of Argentina’s “quiet” assassin Julian Alvarez when they meet in their World Cup quarter-final on Friday, his Manchester City team-mate Nathan Ake said.

Forward Alvarez has hit form for Argentina in Qatar, scoring in their final group game against Poland and again in their last-16 win over Australia.

The 22-year-old has also made an impact since joining City in the close season and Ake warned his Dutch teammates not to under-estimate him despite his low-key demeanour.

“As a player, he’s very technical, very difficult to mark even in training, very sharp, good finishing, so it will be tough,” defender Ake said on Tuesday.