the notes of the World Cup of shame (day 3)

BarcelonaThe third day of the World Cup in Qatar began with Leo Messi’s Argentina’s big kick, which was unable to overcome Saudi Arabia, the second team with the lowest FIFA ranking in the championship. Here are our five World Cup highlights of the day.

A historical deception

From excitement to despair. Absolute, capital and historic surprise in the debut of the Argentine national team at the World Cup in Qatar. The team led by Leo Messi, one of the favorites to win the World Cup, opened with a hard defeat against Saudi Arabia (1-2) in a match that calmly dominated the first half and ended losing to a selection that has trusted its arguments and that has taken advantage of its opponent’s smallest point of weakness. Al-Shehri and Al-Dawsari will go down in the history of their country and are now dreaming of qualifying for the round of 16.

And Argentina, which has not been in a World Cup premiere since the edition in Italy in 1990 and which accumulated 36 games unbeaten, will have to chew the sand in the two games – with Mexico and Poland – that remain from the phase of groups so as not to regret an early elimination. Messi, capcot, has asked to be “more united than ever” after the game. Hervé Renard, coach of Saudi Arabia, was one of the great winners of the day. The subsequent draw (0-0) between Poland and Mexico means that thealbiceleste be a little lighter.

Eriksen and the illusion of return

In the next match, the focus has been on the debut in Qatar of Danish Christian Eriksen, who is playing in his third World Cup. During the last edition of the European Championship, he starred in the competition’s biggest scare. The Denmark captain sent shivers down the spine of thousands of fans around the world when he suffered a cardiac arrest mid-match. After more than half a year off, the current Manchester United midfielder reappeared with his national team in March.

He was more than half a year without playing. In an interview with the BBC last February, Eriksen recalled the moment he was on the brink of death: “I remember everything except five minutes. I remember the throw-in, the ball hitting my knee and I don’t know what happened next. I woke up with a lot of people around me and pressure on my chest, trying to catch my breath. I didn’t understand what was happening. I started to wonder if I had broken my legs or my back. I was trying to move it everything to understand what was going on. Afterwards, in the ambulance, I heard someone ask, “How long has he been out?” and another said, “Five minutes.” That was the first time I heard that I was gone.” Now he is leading his team again, which opened in the first goalless draw of the meeting (0-0) against a hard-working Tunisia. Blaugrana’s Andreas Christensen has also played.

The ‘values’ World Cup (read with irony)

Monday began with FIFA threatening sanctions against the national teams of England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. The reason? These countries had promised to wear the rainbow armband during the World Cup in support of the LGBTI community, but in the end they will not do so due to the punitive measures announced by FIFA. In a joint statement, the seven affected federations said: “We cannot expose our players to sporting sanctions, including caution, so we have asked captains not to wear the armband in World Cup matches.”

The idea was for their captains to wear it during matches with the motto One love. And FIFA warned them that if they did, their captains would see the yellow card as soon as the match started. But it can be seen that the organizing body was not clear. The German coach, Hansi Flick, has been forceful. “If it was just a yellow card, the players would have worn the LGBTI armband. But FIFA was not precise with the sanction. It’s a shame that you can’t fight for human rights. FIFA refuses. The players al· lucinen”, he said in the preview of tomorrow’s match against Japan in relation to the controversy over the colors of the LGBTI flag.

Lewandowski misses a penalty

Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski had the opportunity to give Poland their first win in this World Cup. The veteran Ochoa, however, saved a penalty in the 58th minute, which thwarted the clearest chance of a draw against Mexico (0-0). “You have to give value to the point achieved, but I missed a penalty and that hurts me”, lamented the Barça striker. Lewandowski has also insisted on the need to attack more: “We are working very defensively so that the opponent does not create chances for us, but if we keep in mind that defense is a priority, there are no clear chances. If we have the opportunity, we must ‘go forward, attack with two other players, don’t be afraid’.

Giroud equals Henry

The last match of the day ended with a comeback by France (4-1) against an Australia that deflated as the minutes went by after taking the lead. Olivier Giroud, with a double, has equaled Thierry Henry as the top scorer in the history of the French national team (51). Kounde came on in the 88th minute, while Dembélé, who started, provided an assist to Mbappé. This Wednesday, apart from Spain – Costa Rica (5 p.m., La 1), Morocco-Croatia (11 a.m., World Goal), Germany-Japan (2 p.m., World Goal) and Belgium- Canada (8 p.m., World Goal).

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