Unbelivably what was made at Qatar in this season, Argentina Lost 2-1 to Uruguay. Many are convinced that Lionel Messi was not at his best and that Argentina did not create enough chances to win.
- Graeme Souness and Roy Keane clash at halftime.
- Graeme Souness slammed on Twitter for ‘choking.’
- Lionel Messi slammed on Twitter for ‘choking.’
- Argentine players looked for Messi almost every time they got the ball.
- Argentine players struggled to create much after the break.
- Argentina’s third goal is ruled out for offside.
- Argentina’s injuries affect who lines up beside Messi.
- Argentine fans try to understand
Graeme Souness and Roy Keane clash at halftime.
During halftime of the World Cup match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia, Graeme Souness and Roy Keane got into an argument about the penalty awarded by the referee. It’s an awkward exchange between two pundits.
Souness and Keane are well known for their outspoken comments on Sky Sports. They also worked together as a punditry team on ITV. The pair are notorious for being combative, particularly regarding penalties.
The penalty was given after a VAR check in the first half. The video replay showed Saudi defender Mohamed Kanno inside the box had tugged down Leandro Paredes. The referee, Slavko Vinci, halted play and awarded a penalty.
Keane felt that the penalty should not have been awarded. He thought that Leandro Paredes had tricked the referee. He also felt that the referee was wrong to allow Mohamed Kanno to pull him down in the box.
Souness was equally critical of the decision and said that if more penalties were awarded, there would be more diving. He also criticized Qatar for its treatment of migrant workers and gay people.
Graeme Souness slammed on Twitter for ‘choking.’
Graeme Souness has been on the receiving end of a fair amount of fire lately. He has come under fire for his comments about Cristiano Ronaldo and the omission of Harry Kane from the starting XI for the England game.
He has also been at the receiving end of a fair amount of stick for his comments about Chelsea’s shambolic performance in the FA Cup. However, he did a bit of reshuffling after his previous statements.
His best bet was the last match versus Manchester United, which he won 5-0. However, as mentioned above, the omission of stars has also been reshuffled. The previous players have been paired with newcomers to the club, such as Jonny Wilkinson and Danny Rose.
A spirited performance against Tottenham followed the previous match versus Manchester United in an FA Cup game that was ultimately a draw. Graeme Souness has been a long-time Man United fan but was also at the receiving end of some stick. Fortunately, he has not had to endure too many matches versus his former employers.
Lionel Messi slammed on Twitter for ‘choking.’
Despite being his country’s star, Argentina is at the bottom of their Copa America group. Croatia outclassed them on Thursday. They will still have games against Poland and Mexico. The team will be looking to end its three-year title drought on a high.
Despite their tepid performance, they have still scored more goals than any other team in their group. Messi scored his ninth goal of the season. He also picked up an assist. But there was only one other player to make a list. This one is a bit of a no-brainer.
The other big news was that Kylian Mbappe scored PSG’s first goal. The French winger opened the scoring in the 24th minute. He then scored the season’s first UEFA Champions League goal with a penalty kick. The final score was a 3-0 shutout. The players were clad in red and black, and the fans were out in force.
The other notable mention is that Lionel Messi was involved in the other goal above. He assisted Kylian Mbappe in the 82nd minute, which is a pretty cool accomplishment.
Argentine players looked for Messi almost every time they got the ball.
Argentines lost their opening World Cup game to Saudi Arabia in a match that was as shocking as it was disappointing. After a four-year World Cup drought, Argentina searched for its first trophy since 1986. And the fans were in a festive mood.
Argentina had a sluggish start, but a penalty kick from Leo Messi in the first half gave them an unexpected advantage. But the team’s high line forced Argentina into clumsy touches and allowed the Saudis to exploit their gaps.
The game was far from over. But Argentina could not make any progress in the second half. Argentina looked tired and lacked cohesion, and the Saudis seized control. They created more chances than Argentina.
Argentina was offside more than they took shots. The Saudis’ high line stifled the Argentina attack and left Argentina’s midfield vulnerable. And the high line also crowded dangerous players like Di Maria and Messi.
Argentina looked as if it was ready to win the World Cup. Argentina’s first half was almost perfect. Argentina’s attack was practically perfect. Argentina’s attack had men running deep, and Argentina’s strikers were almost always in Messi’s zone.
Argentine players struggled to create much after the break.
Argentine players had an uphill battle to beat Saudi Arabia in their World Cup 2022 qualifying game in Qatar. The Argentines went into the match with an unbeaten 36-game run, but they ended it with a 2-1 defeat. This meant Argentina finished eighth in the overall table, putting them in the second round of the competition.
Argentina started well with a penalty early on. Lionel Messi scored the simplest of goals after Leandro Paredes was brought down inside the box. However, Argentine players struggled to make much of anything after the break.
The Argentines struggled to get an equalizer and could not break through Saudi Arabia’s defense. The Saudis also dominated the second half, scoring two goals. The Saudis had the best big chance conversion rate, which should not have come as a surprise.
Argentina had a penalty in the first ten minutes of the game. However, the sentence was the result of overly judicious officiating. The controversial VAR technology also disallowed the other goals.
The Argentines had the best chances in the first half, with Alejandro Gomez missing the most exciting shots. The Saudis also created opportunities, and Salem Al-Dawsari scored a brilliant goal in the second half.
Argentina’s third goal is ruled out for offside.
Argentines suffered their first World Cup defeat as Saudi Arabia won 2-1 in the Group C opener. The two teams stood toe-to-toe, but the hosts broke through in the final minutes.
The hosts began the game on the front foot, launching long balls over the top. This set up forwards to run onto the ball. However, Argentina was never able to capitalize on these opportunities.
Saudi Arabia played an aggressive high line, forcing Argentina to play more instantly. Argentina had an excellent first half and could have scored three or four goals. However, the hosts kept the ball in their half for most of the first half.
Argentina had a penalty scored by Lionel Messi in the 10th minute, giving them a 1-0 lead. However, the goal was quickly wiped off for offside. The plan was only confirmed when the VAR reviewed it.
The goal was also the first offside decision of the tournament. The VAR said the plan was offside due to the T-Shirt line. This is the line that runs three inches below the shoulder.
Argentina’s injuries affect who lines up beside Messi.
Earlier this week, Lionel Messi took his place at the top of the team’s training camp. The rest of the starters accompanied him, but not the media. It was then that the speculation around Messi’s fitness grew.
While there was no immediate update on Messi’s fitness, his absence did lead to suggestions that he might not be fit to play against Saudi Arabia in the World Cup opener. This was also a game where Argentina was expected to be in good shape.
Argentina’s defense looked atrocious in this game. They conceded two goals in the first half. They even awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position. It looked like Messi would be the show’s star, but the 35-year-old could not help his side out.
Despite the injuries, Argentina’s quest to win the World Cup continues. They play Poland on November 30 and Mexico on November 26. If Argentina can back on track against Poland, they have a good chance of beating Mexico.
Argentina’s squad is full of talent. There is Angel di Maria, Papu Gomez, Marcos Acuna and Pablo Dybala.
Argentine fans try to understand
Argentine fans were dismayed by losing their country’s first World Cup match to Saudi Arabia. The Albiceleste were on a 36-match unbeaten streak and had a legitimate chance to claim the tournament’s most coveted trophy. Nevertheless, Saudi Arabia’s 2-1 win was the biggest upset in World Cup history.
The Argentine football team can turn things around against Mexico on Saturday. But first, they have to find their bearings after a disastrous start.
The first team to arrive in Doha is the Argentine football federation’s technical staff, which will come early Tuesday. Meanwhile, the first group of Argentina supporters is also expected to arrive in Doha on Tuesday.
The World Cup in Qatar will be the third and last for Argentina in soccer, and Lionel Messi will likely be playing in his previous World Cup in his homeland. But there are still plenty of question marks about the fitness of key players.
Argentina’s defense was shaky at the beginning of the match, but they managed to stifle Saudi Arabia’s attacks in the second half. The game was played at the Lusail Iconic Stadium, the largest football stadium in Qatar. Designed in the shape of a fan lantern, the stadium’s stands are decorated with blue and white colors.