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Saudi Arabia stun Argentina in World Cup classic

Qatar isn’t a popular host for the 2022 World Cup. It will be a tournament with a uniquely bizarre legacy once it’s over. However, amidst fears of a dull tournament, Saudi Arabia produced a moment that will go down in World Cup history.

Tuesday morning saw the unfancied Saudi Arabian team, coached by Herve Renard, defeat Argentina.

World Cups often throw up moments that are talked about for a lifetime. Zaire’s attempt to defend a Brazilian free-kick. Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ goal. Siphiwe Tshabalala’s ‘Goal for Africa.’ Saudi Arabia’s win over Argentina and Lionel Messi joins those ranks in outlandish World Cup moments.

The 2-1 scoreline was a result nobody saw coming. The ramifications for the rest of the group phase are significant. This result breathed life into Qatar 2022 as a sporting spectacle.

Argentina need more than Messi

Argentina’s lack of energy was the most disappointing part about the side’s performance at Lusail Stadium. Despite taking an early lead through a Lionel Messi penalty, the Albiceleste looked lethargic.

Of course, they would counter such a claim with the point that they had three goals disallowed inside the opening 45 minutes.

Renard’s offside trap worked, with the semi-automated offside detection tool working in perfect accordance with the rules. Whether the rules written are applicable in this era of modern football remains a separate debate.

Messi started the match confidently. He was leading his beloved national team into what is likely his final World Cup. Gone were the visible signs of stress from four years ago. Messi didn’t look as if he had the weight of a nation on his shoulders. He now had a band of teammates who worked as a unit.

Lionel Scaloni’s charges had the tag of pre-tournament favorites due to this unity. After years of having talented players who didn’t form a good team, the South American giants had a reliable group who could win together.

Yet,…


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Author : Chris Winterburn

Publish date : 2022-11-22 15:07:56

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