Argentina is considered one of the strongest contenders for the Qatar World Cup. Nevertheless, the people of Argentina were in shock as they avoided the first match against Saudi Arabia.
The Argentina national football team lost 2-1 to Saudia in the first leg of Group C of the Qatar 2022 World Cup held at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar on the 22nd (local time).
The Argentinian daily, LA NACION, evaluated that the football star and first class captain Lionel Messi has more responsibility. Messi said in an interview with local media after the game, “It’s a situation I’ve never experienced before, and it’s been a long time since I’ve been hit so hard.”
As for the controversy surrounding the VAR system where three of Argentina’s goals were disallowed in the game, Messi said, “There is no room for excuses.” “We have to wait for the next game and we have to win,” he said.
Lanacion created an interactive page on his homepage to rate each player in the match against Saudi Arabia and allow readers to rate each player individually. The average score readers gave Lionel Messi was 4.6 out of 10, while Lanacion gave him a 4. “Even at the most mature moment of his career, Messi didn’t seem ready to accept the huge blow from Saudi Arabia,” said Ranacion.
The local Argentinian media, Clarín, said that the performance of the Argentinian team this time was “poor”. The media evaluated that the cause of this defeat was poor performance, bad luck, and underestimation of the opponent. Then, he said that Argentina’s progress to the round of 16 had become complicated, and that he had to “row the oars.”
Argentina national team member Manchester United FC Lisandro Martinez said, “We lost the game by mistake. Losing hurts a lot, but we will take a break and correct our mistakes.”