Move the record of 36 matches without losing, these are the facts behind Argentine National Team defeat to Saudi Arabia
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Move the record of 36 matches without losing, these are the facts behind Argentine National Team defeat to Saudi Arabia

Move the record of 36 matches without losing, these are the facts behind Argentine National Team defeat to Saudi Arabia

Argentine National Team unbeaten record in 36 matches must end. La Albiceleste lost sorrowfully to Saudi Arabia with a score of 2- 1 in the initial match of Group C of the 2022 World Cup. Herve Renard’s effectiveness and precise tactics made the difference in this match.

Argentina appeared dominant throughout the match with 69 possessions of the ball. In addition, they also made 15 shots and got 2 golden openings. It’s just that, throughout 90 twinkles, Lionel Scaloni’s platoon could only score one thing through Lionel Messi’s penalty kick in the 10th minute.

This thing is Messi’s 92nd thing of his 166 caps with Argentina. And put him on the list of players who can score in four different editions of the World Cup.

After the break of the first half, Argentina looked shaky. Saudi Arabia only demanded 8 twinkles to score two pretensions against Emiliano Martinez. Their first pretensions were scored by Salem Al- Dawsari in the 48th minute and Saleh Al- Shehri in the 53rd minute. Where both were scored through fast attacks which have been a shocking specter for Argentina since the 2021 Copa America.

Herve Renard’s accurate tactics can beat the Argentine National Team

Herve Renard’s tactics of applying a high protective line succeeded in reducing the aggressiveness of Argentina’s frontal lines. The French trainer managed to make Messi et al trapped 10 times offside. Not only that, but this tactic also annulled Argentina’s pretensions three times.

In addition to the offside trap, Herve can also produce tight distances between the lines and apply structured pressing. This viscosity is what makes Scaloni’s attacks tend to be monotonous.

Because they calculate on crosses that aren’t accurate (37). While the pressing they did make Messi et al lose the ball 144 times.

Herve Renard did have good statistics when he coached the African public platoon. In 2012, he managed to bring Zambia unexpectedly into the Africa Cup of Nations. Also, three times latterly he also managed to bring Ivory Coast to win the same event. And since 2019 in charge of the Green Eagle, Renard has managed to lift Saudi Arabia’s FIFA ranking from 71 to 51 and qualify for the World Cup.

Effectiveness is crucial

The plumpness of the Saudi Arabian midfield and defense was also a factor that made the Argentine players dizzy. They managed to make 18 tackles, 14 interceptions and 27 concurrences. In addition, they also played hard which turned out to be effective in breaking Argentina’s attack. In total they committed 21 offenses.

Eventually, the heroic performance of the Saudi Arabian goalkeeper, Mohammed Al- Owais also deserves appreciation. The 31- time-old Al- Hilal player appears like a thick wall that’s delicate to break down. In this match he managed to make 5 pivotal saves, made 1 concurrence and won 100 of both upstanding and field conflicts.

This palm clearly keeps Saudi Arabia’s stopgap to qualify for the round of 16. At the same time matching the achievements in the 1994 World Cup is getting wider. This defeat makes Argentina obliged to clean up in the coming two matches against Mexico and Poland.


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