Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia: Shock defeat shatters Lionel Messi’s nationwide group confidence

Historic victory and above-expected efficiency depart Saudi Arabia with actual probabilities of qualifying for the spherical of 16.

Argentina vs Saudi Arabia

One of many greatest expectations of this World Cup consisted of Argentina’s debut, one of many large favorites to win the title in Qatar because of the tactical group promoted by coach Lionel Scaloni.

Successful the 2021 Copa America towards Brazil in the course of the Maracanã stadium sparked an ideal restoration of confidence in Argentines and promoted the rapprochement of the group with the nation, probably the most keen about soccer on the planet.

Within the first half of his World Cup debut, Scaloni managed to implement his conventional 4-2-3-1 tactical system, with Lionel Messi working exterior the penalty space, on the lookout for passes to Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes and Guido Rodriguez.

The Argentines shortly opened the scoring with Lionel Messi simply changing the kick after a debatable penalty scored with VAR intervention, a scenario that ought to be frequent on this World Cup.

Following the primary half, Argentina scored three extra targets, all annulled because of the extraordinarily well-articulated offside line by Saudi Arabia, which managed to withstand the offensive energy of the Argentines.

The Arabs entered this World Cup with low expectations, even from the native folks, as the choice is among the worst when it comes to the technical high quality of the gamers.

Nonetheless, the defensive formation of 4-4-2 (with variations for 4-3-3) prevented the offensive improvement of Argentina. Saudi Arabia additionally stunned of their posture with intermediate traces and stress within the last third.

Within the second half, Argentina uncovered its essential weak point, the imbalance within the technical high quality of the gamers between assault and protection. As a result of he dominates possession of the ball, failures enable areas on each flanks in counterattacks.

Every thing signifies that Saudi Arabia paid shut consideration within the Copa America semifinal towards Colombia, a match by which the Argentines had probably the most problem in that marketing campaign.

Early within the second half, Saleh Alshehri took benefit of Lionel Messi’s failure to regulate the ball and overcame goalkeeper Martínez.

A couple of minutes later, Salem Aldawsari scored one of the best purpose of the World Cup up to now when he broke the impasse and hit from exterior the realm, within the nook, leaving Argentina utterly misplaced inside the sphere.

Scaloni introduced in Enzo Fernández, Lisandro Martíinez, Julian Álvarez and Marcos Acuña with the intention of placing extra stress on Saudi Arabia in the hunt for victory.

The Argentines dominated possession of the ball till the ultimate whistle, however the strategic failure of not having the ability to assault from the within, solely from the edges, left Argentina hostage to the ball lifts within the penalty space, with none effectiveness.

Then again, we should consecrate one of the best tactical show of this World Cup. Saudi Arabia had wonderful efficiency within the compacts, within the well-coordinated actions with the ball and in some moments of technical high quality.

In the meantime, Argentina obtained a shock of actuality that broke their 36-match unbeaten streak. We will definitely have a change of angle within the surroundings of the choice commanded by Lionel Scaloni, however the probably shaken confidence might have put an finish to this marketing campaign.


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