‘Five minute mistake’ in Messi’s eyes

Many fans probably did not imagine that the favorite team Argentina will lose against Saudi Arabia, which is 48 places behind in the ranking. Most of the team’s fans probably feel the same way.

Captain Lionel Messi, however, says that they are not surprised by the performance of the Asian team. He felt that the team made mistakes in the second half.

Argentina stepped into Qatar with 36 consecutive matches unbeaten in three and a half years. They are one of the favorites for this year’s World Cup. Saudi Arabia brought that group down from the sky on Tuesday.

A 2-1 win in Group ‘C’ led to the biggest upset in World Cup history for the side who had won just two of their last 10 matches before the tournament.

After the match, Messi told the Argentine press, “We could not have imagined that the start of the World Cup campaign would be like this. It is a situation in which the players of this team have never fallen. After many days we played such a big hit. We didn’t think of such a start.”

However, the beginning of the match was great for Argentina. Messi led the team with a penalty goal in the tenth minute. They then sent the ball into the net three more times in the first half, only to be whistled for offside each time.

The two-time former world champions lost Khei in the second half. Saudi Arabia took control of the match with two goals in five minutes at the beginning of this half in fast-paced football. The Copa America champions couldn’t turn around even though they had plenty of time.

Messi who came to play his fifth and last World Cup feels that it was difficult to return to the match after conceding two goals.

He said, “We lost 2-1 after five minutes and then the match became very difficult. We lose cohesion and keep hitting the ball around. We knew they would play (well) if given a chance. They did not surprise us. We knew they could do something like that.”

After ending a 36-year title drought on the World Cup stage, the way to pass the group stage has become difficult for Argentina. Their opponents in the next two matches are Mexico and Poland. Messi’s voice is determined to go to the next level by destroying their maximum in these two matches.

“Obviously, we have no choice but to win now,” Messi added. It is our responsibility to correct what we have done wrong. We must now go back to basics. we are ok Of course we were hurt by this. But people have to believe that this team will not let them down. We will do that in the next two matches. We have played such matches before and we will perform well. Now is the time to unite more than ever, to show how strong we are.”

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