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Argentina disappoints and loses 2-1 against Saudi Arabia in its World Cup debut

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Qatar, Nov 22 – The Argentine soccer team, one of the great candidates for the title, received a serious blow on Tuesday in its debut in Group C of the World Cup in Qatar, losing 2-1 to Saudi Arabia, which which put his way uphill in the competition.

In the game played at the Lusail stadium in front of 80,000 fans, Argentina opened the scoring after 10 minutes through a penalty kick scored by Messi, after a foul inside the area sanctioned at the request of the VAR.

After taking the lead, the “albiceleste” team kept control of the ball and brought danger on several occasions, but the Slovenian referee Slavko Vincic annulled a goal from Messi and two from Lautaro Martínez for offside, checked through the VAR.

In the second stage, Arabia took advantage of an oversight by the Argentine defense and surprised in the 47th minute with a cross shot by Saleh Al Shehri that beat goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez.

Five minutes later, the Saudi national team turned the score around thanks to a great individual play by Salem Al Dawsari in which he left several rivals on the way and completed with a powerful shot.

“In the first half we wanted to score more than one goal, but well, now we have to think about what’s coming, which are two finals”, said Lautaro Martínez after the game.

“Today was a difficult rival… in the second half we made a mistake, and in those details are where the games make the difference, and we have to improve for the games to come (…) We wanted to start winning, this hurts a lot,” he added in statements to the official broadcast.

Argentina controlled the game and sought equality with shipments over the rival area, which were ineffective against a rival who took refuge in their field to sustain their fourth victory in 17 games in six World Cups.

The current champion of America had not lost since July 2019 against Brazil and accumulated a streak of 36 games without defeats.

The first date of Group C will be completed later with the match between Mexico and Poland at the 954 stadium in Doha.

On Saturday, Argentina will play again against Mexico with the obligation to get a victory to continue in the competition, while Arabia will face Poland.


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