Argentina captain Lionel Messi reportedly gathered his teammates after their 2-1 loss towards Saudi Arabia on the 2022 FIFA World Cup to ship a motivational speech. La Albiceleste made the worst potential begin to the Qatar World Cup with a shock defeat towards Saudi Arabia.
The South American facet took the lead within the tenth minute courtesy of a Lionel Messi penalty however did not double their lead going into the half-time break. The minnow Asian facet hit again twice within the second half within the house of 10 minutes to take a shock 2-1 lead. Argentina did not get well the deficit as a spirited Saudi Arabia held on for a shock win.
Positioned in Group C together with Saudi Arabia, Poland, and Mexico, Argentina has a troublesome problem on their palms now. Poland and Mexico clashed for a 0-0 draw within the different Group C encounter.
Messi requested his Argentina teammates to fulfill one another and despatched out a message of unity, asking them to remain calm regardless of the consequence (ht @RoyNemer).
The Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) ahead’s reported message is comparable in tonality to what he stated whereas addressing the media after the defeat to Saudi Arabia.
He had stated:
“There are not any excuses. Now we have to be extra united than ever. This group is robust and has proven it. It is a state of affairs we have not gone by way of in a very long time. Now we now have to indicate that it is a actual group.”
La Albiceleste final did not qualify from the group levels of the FIFA World Cup again within the 2002 version. They had been on a 36-match unbeaten run earlier than their defeat towards Saudi Arabia.
Argentina have two extra video games in hand to make sure qualification for the knockouts. Their subsequent match is towards Mexico on November 26, adopted by the sport towards Poland on November 30.
Messi had declared that it could be his final hurrah on the quadrennial match previous to leaving for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Saudi Arabia’s shock win towards Argentina has boosted their possibilities of qualifying for the knockout levels on the 2022 FIFA World Cup
Saudi Arabia’s well-known win towards Argentina was simply their fourth World Cup victory within the nation’s historical past.
That they had beforehand overwhelmed Egypt 2-1 within the group stage of the 2018 version however did not qualify for the knockouts. Their final look within the knockout rounds got here 28 years in the past on the 1994 USA World Cup.
The Asian facet had overwhelmed groups like Belgium and Morocco in that version of the match. They misplaced their Spherical of 16 sport 3-1 towards Sweden again then.
Having gained their first match on this version, one other win towards both Mexico or Poland will just about assure them a spot within the final 16.