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Lionel Messi opened the scoring, but it wasn't enough. — CHINA NEW/SIPA
- Argentina lost 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in their first match of the 2022 World Cup.< /li>
- Lionel Messi had opened the scoring before the unthinkable happened.
- The Argentinians are dejected, but Lionel Messi believes this group can recover.
From our envoy; special to Doha,
Rarely have we waited so long before seeing the players of a team land in the mixed zone, and yet we are used to the Parc des Princes. In Lusail, the wait was worth the detour. On the one hand, the Arab press was delirious, on the other, Argentine journalists were brooding. We even surprised a colleague crying, a priori a little excessive for a defeat in the group stage of the World Cup, but in short, everyone will have their opinion on the question. After an hour and a half at counting the minutes nervously chewing gum until the maxillary cramp, the losers of the day appeared in single file.
The image is religious, almost funerary. Three-quarters of Argentines, all dressed in white, follow the imposed path. by the barrier snake drawn in the vast room without saying a word. The atmosphere is heavy, no one dares approach anyone, anyone who knows the mixed zones knows anyway that these men wounded in their flesh have no intention of stopping. “”He hurt a lot,” Argentinian television. Lionel Messi, who assumed his responsibilities as captain by stopping for a good five minutes in front of a mountain of journalists thirsty for post-match declarations, made similar comments. “It”s a very hard blow.” A last one with Scaloni ? “Today is a sad day.”
Unity and solidity from the Argentinian group to the test
We do not doubt it for a second. In ascending order of importance: by losing to Saudi Arabia, Argentina interrupts its near-record of games without defeat (36, one step behind Italy), registers its name in the Pantheon of humiliating World Cup entry defeats and falls behind in the race to win. qualifying for the round of 16 and the first place. That's it! which promises a heavy fire from our colleagues « gauchos » and a beautiful insurrectional atmosphere like in Russia in 2018, with undoubtedly in the middle, a pathetic intervention by the President of the Fedé to invite to the sacred union.
It will take at least ça to piss off Mexico in the next game – ça, and review the offside rule. “Now all we have to do is” get up and win the next two games,” insists Scaloni, who doesn’t let this ink stain blacken a still pristine picture. a few hours earlier. “We were in a good place, we couldn’t dream better, that’s the reality. But it’s like ça. We were coming off a great winning streak, but we knew it was going to end one day.” It should not leave room for a less cheerful series. Otherwise, Lionel Messi's last World Cup could come to an end.