The third day of the championship in Qatar brought an extraordiry sensation. Saudi Arabia beat Argenti 2-1, Messi & Co. The 36-match unbeaten streak is broken. What does defeat at the start of Group C mean for one of the strongest teams in the tourment? “Argenti will be worried,” says Stanislav Levy, an expert for the Sport newspaper and the iSport.cz website.
How do you handle the first shock of the World Cup?
“This is a huge surprise. Argenti scored an early goal in the first half, domited the match, three goals were not counted due to a minimum offside. Their players probably felt that nothing could happen. Saudi Arabia, equalizing at the beginning of the second half, elimited they were completely out of the rhythm, completely unsettled. In some situations, the defense of Saudi Arabia played high enough, for me it was only a matter of time before the Argentines scored the second goal. Then there would be nothing to decide. But the Argentines did not add an insurance goal, then they lost the rhythm and all that remained was to win the goal, especially after they conceded and made the score 1-2. There was not enough idea, surprise. The Saudis were defending on the verge of self-sacrifice, so there was such a surprise.”
Did the Argentines underestimate the match with the weakest opponent in the group on paper?
“There could have been complacency at the beginning. Messi had a great chance, then they took the lead from the pelty spot, they were not given the next three goals. They created dangerous situations for themselves, they felt that nothing could happen to them, that they would score the second goal and the match would be over. But the settlement really took them by surprise.”
Argenti lacked more directness?
“If you look at the statistics, the Argentines have domited everything. Possession of the ball, the number of shots on goal, outside the goal, corners … In attack, it was rather stereotypical against the backdrop of a tight defense in the second half. But the match would have been judged differently if they had scored two goals in the first half.”
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Were you surprised by the performance of Saudi Arabian football players, who sometimes even went to the limit of self-sacrifice to protect the favorites of the biggest stars?
“Their coach Herve Rerd showed for a long time that he knew what he wanted to play, he was able to convey this to the players from Saudi Arabia. They were disciplined, well prepared. Of course, they also had things belonging to these peoples. They remained lying down, how many times they imitated to knock the opponent off the pace a little, but you can count on such teams.
Will the loss of a favorite help the further course of the championship?
“This is one match, it’s too early to say that the forecasts for the development of the championship will somehow change … I still say that Europe will play well, I’m especially interested in the fight against South America, which for me is mainly Argenti and Brazil. But Argenti will have enough to worry about, the matches against Mexico and Poland will not be easy.”
What will such a loss do to Argenti in the next two games against the strong opponents you mentioned?
“Even before the championship, Argenti was among the favorites, it was pressured by domestic media and fans. It won’t be easy, I myself wonder how he will react to this situation.”
Could Lionel Messi have played better?
“It’s more about the general concept of Argenti, which is very dependent on Messi. In the first half, he was certainly the player who gave the match an impetus, left his mark on it. But in the second half he was more or less uble to do anything, he was invisible. In addition, the first goal of the opponent was scored after he got lost in the center of the field, although a pair of central defenders in that situation, of course, did not work.
The referee gave almost fourteen minutes, what do you think of this championship trend?
“I read that Pierluigi Colli (a former respected intertiol judge) advocated for this. It can expel unnecessary things when players are left lying on the lawn and linger. But when ten or twelve minutes are set, the nervousness and pressure on the referee is much greater, time flies by. But this is a trend when the championship will show if it’s right, while it seems right to me.
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Argentine media criticize shocking defeat at the start of the World Cup. “Argenti is stuck in the Saudi web and has suffered a historic blow in Qatar,” the daily Clarín wrote on its website. “The tiol team is disappointed with the start of the World Cup in Qatar,” added the newspaper Crónica. “The Saudis started the second half in style, while the Argentines looked sleepy. And they paid dearly for their mistakes,” Kronika said. “The tiol team was unrecognizable – fuzzy, indistinct, weak individual game … The attack did not work, our players were offside a million times. Scaloni’s team was far from domiting a weak opponent,” Diario Popular added.
Argenti lost after 36 matches and lost the chance to equal Italy’s record. “The series is over, now the team has to react for the first time in the entire World Cup cycle. It was not enough against the weakest opponent in the group. What now?” Clarine wrote. “The situation has changed dramatically after today’s result. Argenti has no room for further hesitation,” added Diario Popular.
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