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Messi laments ‘5 minutes of errors’ in opposition to Saudis at World Cup


Soccer Soccer – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group C – Argentina v Saudi Arabia – Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar – November 22, 2022 Argentina’s Lionel Messi reacts after Saudi Arabia’s Saleh Al-Shehri scores their first purpose REUTERS/Marko Djurica

LUSAIL, Qatar—Lionel Messi lamented Argentina’s shock second half capitulation in opposition to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday however stated he was not stunned by the risk from opponents 48 locations decrease on the planet rankings.

“It’s a scenario that this group of gamers has by no means been by means of, it’s been some time since we suffered such a troublesome blow, we didn’t anticipate to start out like this,” Messi advised Argentinian media after the 2-1 defeat in Group C.

Beginning his fifth World Cup, Messi had opened the scoring with a tenth minute penalty and Argentina had three objectives disallowed for offside in a free-flowing first half.

However within the second half, “in 5 minutes of errors that we made, we went 2-1 down after which it was actually powerful and we misplaced group and began punting the ball,” he stated in feedback broadcast by Todo Noticias.

Messi stated his group knew Saudi Arabia, regardless of being the second-lowest ranked group within the match, might damage them.

“We knew they had been a group who would play if we allow them to…They didn’t shock us, we knew they might do this.”

Argentina now has to give attention to beating Mexico and Poland of their subsequent group video games seeking the one main title that has eluded Messi in his in any other case glittering profession.

“Clearly now we have to win or win now. It’s as much as us to repair what we did improper and get again to the fundamentals of who we’re,” stated Messi, whose group had been on a 36-match unbeaten run previous to the shock consequence on the Lusail Stadium in Qatar.

“We’re OK, clearly damage by the consequence, very bitter. However individuals should belief that this group is not going to allow them to down and we’re going to go for it within the subsequent two video games. We’ve performed video games of this nature earlier than and we’re going to carry out properly.

“Now’s the time to be extra united than ever, to point out how actually robust we’re.”

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