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Argentina vs Saudi Arabia 2-1 Lose

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The iconic No. 10 started the scoring in his farewell World Cup, but he lost out on a stunning outcome in Lusail. The winning streak for Argentina is over. The World Cup experiences its first shock. And it’s a whopper, too, with Saudi Arabia turning in a stunning performance that has shocked Lionel Messi and company.

The 34-year-old is facing more World Cup agony in his fifth and final competition after his country’s embarrassing 2-1 loss in their opening game at Qatar 2022. For Messi, everything had been going so brilliantly. He became just the fifth player to score in four World Cups after scoring an early penalty.

Argentina, however, was unable to score that critical second goal because of the captain’s and his teammates’ frequent errors due to Saudi Arabia’s high line. At the start of the second half, the underdogs scored twice in a fantastic five-minute span, even the score before Salem Al-Dawsari struck an outstanding solo goal. This turned the game and Group C on its head.

The Performing Side:

Salem Al-Dawsari: We already have a candidate for tournament goal of the year! Salem Al-Dawsari capitalized on Argentina’s and the rest of the world’s obvious shock after Al-equalizer Shehri’s by seizing the ball on the left side of the box, jinking past Rodrigo De Paul with amazing ease, and bending the ball into the far corner of Emiliano Martinez’s goal. The goalkeeper did touch the ball, but there was no way to detract from the artistic perfection of a goal that was equally shocking and wonderful.

Mexico and Poland: When Mexico and Poland squared off in Doha, it was anticipated that they would be competing for second place, but first place is now very much up for grabs. Argentina is not immune to attack, as the Saudis have demonstrated. The defense of Lionel Scaloni’s team is porous, and as a result, they will likely be nervous going into their next two games. Mexico and Poland can only benefit from this wonderful news. Robert Lewandowski, for one, will be eager to take on this Argentina defense, you can be quite sure of that!

Saudi Arabia: Naturally, Saudi Arabia will aim for a spot in the final 16, and with good reason. Following Argentina’s defeat, anything is conceivable. In fact, it’s challenging to overestimate the scope of their accomplishment. Saudi Arabia (51) is the second-weakest team in Qatar 2022 according to the world rankings, but they just defeated a team that many people had picked to win the tournament. The outcome was genuinely seismic. At halftime, players, fans, and even journalists from both countries were in tears. But regardless of what happens next, Herve Renard’s teammates have already cemented their position as World Cup legends.

The Losing Side:

The Var: Of course, VAR misunderstandings are nothing new. It has stirred up debate since the beginning. However, considering what we’ve witnessed over the last three days, especially in relation to pressing and pulling in the penalty area, its use at this World Cup will be very, very fascinating. In fact, Rouzbeh Cheshmi practically wrestled Harry Maguire to the ground on Monday during the opening moments of England’s victory over Iran, but VAR didn’t step in.

But less than a day later, Argentina was given a penalty after Saud Abdulhamid tangled with Leandro Paredes nearby. Although it was technically a foul, it wasn’t as bad as Cheshmi’s takedown of Maguire and was soft in comparison to what we see in the box in every game. One would assume that the England game’s error was a simple one. But just now, consistency is everything. Every instance of holding, pushing, or tugging someone’s shirt off must be dealt with harshly. Otherwise, there will simply be more commotion.

Cristian Romero: Although the Tottenham center-back was replaced just before the hour mark after being rendered painfully slow by Al-Shehri for Saudi Arabia’s equalizer, he was by no means the only Argentine to perform poorly. Prior to the game, it was speculated that Romero might be the defense’s weak link in the middle, but Nicolas Otamendi ended up being exposed. It would not be shocking to see Lisandro Martinez start in place of the 24-year-old for the crucial match against Mexico on Saturday.

Argentina’s timing: This was a terrible time for Argentina’s 36-game winning streak to stop. But they are solely responsible for themselves. Of course, in the first half, they had three goals disallowed, and some of the offside calls were absurdly close. Since Lautaro’s shoulder was in front of the last man, his beautiful dinked finish was not allowed. There is no disputing, though, that Argentina found it difficult to understand the Saudis’ high line.

Seven of those occurrences occurred alone in the first half. The likes of Lautaro definitely should have started checking their runs a little bit as it became evident that their opponents weren’t going to abandon their high-risk/high-reward strategy. As things stood, they kept falling for the Saudis’ skillfully laid offside trap. As a result, one of the tournament favorites, who were meant to have the easiest game in Group C, now faces an embarrassingly early exit. They will be in danger of being eliminated going into their final two games against Mexico and Poland.

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Salman Shaikh
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