Argentina lost 2-1 against Saudi Arabia for their entry into the 2022 World Cup. A nightmarish start to the competition from which the Albiceleste players and staff will have to recover, from Saturday, against Mexico (8 p.m.).
If Lionel Messi called on his teammates to revolt, in front of the press, after the meeting, the Paris Saint-Germain striker also confirmed that this humiliating defeat against a small footballing nation (51st in the FIFA rankings) was a “very hard blow for everyone”. But Argentina, which still has two games to play in its group stage, against Mexico and then against Poland, will have to forget this defeat and show another face.
In front of the media, the coach of Argentina, Lionel Scaloni, expressed the disappointment of his players after this disappointment: “Today is a sad day, but as we always say, we lift our heads and carry on. In the first half, we dominated. At the break, we said to ourselves that the match was weird, that a goal could change everything. And that’s what happened. We will analyze all this calmly, I have not yet spoken to the players. They are all very affected, but are already thinking of reversing the situation. (…) We were in good shape, we couldn’t have dreamed of better, that’s the reality. But it’s like that.”
A defeat that “very bad”
For Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez, this defeat is “very bad”. Argentina, which hoped “really start the World Cup with a victory”lost on the mistakes she made and she has to “to correct”confirms to the press the 25-year-old striker. “In the first half, we should have scored more than one goal, but it’s the World Cup, we have two ‘finals’ to go.”
One of the favorites of this World Cup with Neymar’s Brazil, Lionel Messi’s Argentina, after this first meeting, falls from above and will above all have to fight not to be eliminated in the first round of the competition.