Leo Messi, hurt by the defeat against Saudi Arabia.  (Photo: AFP/Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV).
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The pineapple strength is as powerful as the illusion that generated the Argentina national team in the previous Suddenly, instead of speaking the Scaloneta, those who came from the other side of the world stop the march to do the math. The celebration of the Saudi Arabian players with their people, green desert storm, stuns. The 51st team in the FIFA ranking he took an unbeaten record from 36 games to the candidate of many in the World Cup Qatar 2022. That is the end of the first chapter of this story that, in the lost gaze of the fans silveris reflected as a nightmare.

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What happened? A train. And from this first idea, a part of the toughest defeat for the light blue and white team in years can be explained, comparable to that stumble in Italy 1990 against Cameroon. From the roof of the magnificent Lusail stadium, two things were noticeable: the Saudis had more legs, more strength, and Argentina had no answers.

Leo Messi, hurt by the defeat against Saudi Arabia. (Photo: AFP/Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV).

All eyes, always, point to Lionel Messi. The one on Tuesday, beyond his superb penalty goal, resembled the group. Erratic, lost at times, no change of pace. Although, nobility obliges, Argentina played an acceptable first half. And if they didn’t win it by more than one goal, it was just by centimeters. By the way: it’s time for the offside rule to be modified. The position advanced by photo finish it goes against the essence of the game, it is exaggerated.

And suddenly, the knockout for the Argentine National Team

Cuti Romero is late for a crossroads, and Dibu Martínez takes her out. And another burst that ends in an epic goal. And almost no proper names matter. They are all. Outsiders with insiders. It is an unstoppable energy. Not even changes change things. And the referee gives one hundred minutes. And even if he had given a hundred more, it would still have been defeat.

Perhaps the (logical) trust. Perhaps the lack of rhythm of those who arrived with just enough. Or the nerves that are paralyzed by the unexpected. The fact that the answer is not so clear is as worrisome as the extreme situation that came on the least expected day, against a third-class opponent in the world. LThe only certainty is that Saudi Arabia ran more and was rougher in the melee in the second half. Will that?

Argentine fans cannot believe the defeat against Saudi Arabia (Photo: AP Photo/Gustavo Garello).
Argentine fans cannot believe the defeat against Saudi Arabia (Photo: AP Photo/Gustavo Garello).

Memo Ochoa, a Mexican goalkeeper, is the clenched fist of the day. Messi’s “we’re not going to let them down”, even as an expression of desire, is water in the desert of despair. While the monarchy of Saudi Arabia gives away a holiday for its people to continue celebrating, Argentina does the math and wonders why. And why should Lionel Scaloni answer it with his next decisions. Final on the second date against Mexico. Who would have thought?… Now, she calms down: this road is long.

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