No one expected Argentina‘s defeat against Saudi Arabia, in theory the weakest team in 2022 World Cup Group C. A defeat that complicates what at first seemed to be an easy task for Lionel Scaloni‘s team, to finish first in their group.
Pending what Mexico and Poland do in their first match, Argentina can only get a maximum of six points, and if Mexico wins against Poland, they could have a shot at finishing first in the group, since they will also have to play against Argentina and a draw would be enough if they win against Saudi Arabia.
However, what this first Group C match leaves us with for the moment is Saudi Arabia’s claim to qualify for the Round of 16. Although it should be noted that the final score was somewhat misleading, as Scaloni‘s team fired 15 shots, while Saudi Arabia had three. In addition to a possession percentage of 70 percent for the Albiceleste and 30 percent for the Saudi Arabia.
Poland, on the other hand, has the same picture as Mexico, as their match against one another will be key to their chances of qualifying. What is a fact is that Saudi Arabia’s victory, despite being the weakest team in the group, gives them a great chance of qualifying. Their three points against one of the candidates to win the World Cup will give them a great boost of morale to face the two remaining matches against Mexico and Poland.
If they finally manage to advance in the group stage, this defeat could condemn the Albiceleste to second place in Group C, which would make them face in the next round the first of Group D, which includes France, the reigning champion, Denmark, Tunisia and Australia.