“WHAT A GOAL!!” “The game has been turned on its head as Saudi Arabia scores again, and what a goal it is too!”
It was the 21st century’s most significant World Cup shock. Argentina, a two-time champion, had been annihilated by Saudi Arabia, an upstart nation with little history in the sport. The fans in the stadium were in disbelief, and the Argentine players, along with Lionel Messi, were visibly shaken. It’s been a long, hard road for Argentina at this year’s World Cup. They’ve struggled in their first group stage match and have yet to look like the world team of which they are capable. After starting with a disappointing loss against Saudi Arabia, they are now in a precarious position.
Now, Lionel Messi and Argentina must win their final two matches (against Mexico on the 26th and Poland on the 30th of November). and hope that other results go their way if they are wishing to qualify for the second round of the tournament. But there is some hope. When you have Lionel Messi on your side, there is always hope. Another two matches remain to be played. Another few moments to see if Messi can perform his magic. And also lead Argentina to the second round of the World Cup.
First Half Scenario- Scorer from Lionel Messi and Argentina lead
The world-class forward/playmaker has been in scintillating form, scoring a goal in the first match. Thanks to Lionel Messi for that, the game was 0-1 in the first half. Argentina, on the other hand, was the superior team in every aspect of the game. What was happening was that Saudi Arabia’s defence was strong. Their goalkeeper was a wall, and their defenders were making no mistakes.
Also, they kept Argentine strikers on the wrong side of the field, which led to three goals in the first half. Argentina tried to take advantage of every opportunity, putting Saudi Arabia’s defence to the test, but the score remained 1-0 in the first half. The Argentine fans felt great at that time.. Fans took all the stadium and cheered their team all around. Argentina`s fans were very confident about the result because their team was undefeated for a long time.
What’s wrong with Lionel Messi?
Messi got his goal from the penalty in the 10th minute. The performance from the great man was off. Saudi Arabia kept him relatively quiet for large periods of the game because he wasn’t at his best. In the opening hours of the match, he always tried to read all the conditions of the field and his opponents. At the first hour of this match, Leo attempted to take the spaces, making himself comfortable with his last world cup environment, pointing out his opponents’ weaknesses, like professors..
Second Half Scenario- Comeback from the Green Falcons
In second half, Argentina began to struggle as Saudi Arabia’s defense improved. The Saudis were tackling and blocking shots, and their attacks became more effective. As a result, the game became closer and more exciting.The Saudi Arabian team became very aggressive during the rest of the game, with every player making at least one tackle. Eight of them also blocked shots. They attacked bravely and directly, with Firas al-Buraikan and Salem al-Dawsari leading the charge up the flanks. Slowly but surely, they began sharpening their game and taking control. When the Saudi Arabian team scored an equalizer against Argentina, shocking the team and causing them to lose the game. The fans were ecstatic, singing and chanting in support of their team.
Argentina lost because Saudi Arabia’s defense and quick attack were too much for them to handle. This is likely due in part to the fact that they were outnumbered and outmatched by the Saudi team, both in terms of numbers and support from fans. The final few minutes of the game were a real nail-biter. In a thrilling match, Martinez attempted a counterattack, which Saudi Arabia defended bravely. The entire Arab nation waited for the final whistle. The final whistle blew, and Saudi Arabia returned home with the memory of the only place in their lives for the rest of their lives.
What is happening to Unstoppable Argentina?
A team with a 36-match unbeaten record, They are the current Copa America and Finalissima Champions. The Saudi crowd beats them mentally in the second half. They are bloodless in the first half and seem confused in the second. Their attitude doesn’t look like that of a champion team, which can be a problem for Coach, Scaloni. Also, some tactical decisions backfired on them, like the substitution of parades. It makes their midfield shaky, and players again try to pass the ball only toward Messi, like in 2018.
As this team created stability or momentum in the last couple of years, nobody expected this kind of breakdown from them. Now every match is a do-or-die match for them. They need to play every game with tremendous pressure in their heads, and that can be a problem for the team. There is some time and two matches left, but it seems they are running out.
What’s next for the “La Albiceleste” and Lionel Messi in world cup 2022?
Will it be the wake-up call that Argentina needs? They need to work on their mistakes and learn from them. Argentina needs to be more determined and make their plans according to their opponent’s strength. Because the defence looked terrible, teams such as Germany, France, England, and Brazil would destroy the side based on today’s game alone. Also, if they are not able to win their next two matches, they will be eliminated from the World Cup.
In the end, all the hope rests on one man, Lionel Messi, who is without a doubt the best player of all time. Every Argentine fan hoped and was willing to see Little Master’s magic in the rest of the matches because of his recent form. And he does it for both PSG and Argentina, with 10 goals for each. He is in his fifth world cup, which will be his last. So let us see if the last dance of the world’s most outstanding player will continue or if it will stop at the very first phase of the 2022 World Cup?