A World Cup turned upside down by an ex... from Villarreal!

His name is Salem Al-Dawsari, the ’10’ Saudi who is being right now one of the most ‘googled’ names for marking the 1-2 against the Argentines. He is the star of Saudi Arabia, but what else is known about this player elevated to the altars today in Herv Renard’s eleven? Few remember that the footballer born in Jeddah He spent six months (alone) at Villarreal at the beginning of 2018 in that collaboration agreement between Spain and Saudi Arabia that was so controversial at the time.

Goal by Aldawsari (1-2) in Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia

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Al Dawsari came to play just 33 minutes in a match, curiously, against Real Madrid (marketing?) for the Spanish League that was played on May 19, 2018. The European track was lost from that VillarrealAlthough at Al Hilal, his Saudi team and something like the local Real Madrid, he is a ‘star’, winning the Asian Champions League not long ago with his team.

Renard, a myth

World Cup Qatar 2022. Group C (J1): Summary and goals of Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia

Perhaps unknown in Spain, but a myth for the ‘geeks’ of African football. The French Herv Renard won heaven with his approach against Argentina, which was very tactical. Renard is a legend of African football. Enter the Zambia National Teams (African champion in 2012); Angola; Ivory Coast (champion of Africa in 2015); and Morocco, before coming to the Asian side.

First ‘penalty’

Goal by Messi (p.) (1-0) in Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia

The Slovenian referee Slavko Vincic set the bar very low, who conceded a penalty in the 10th minute to an Argentina that was already winning in the 10th minute. ‘Agarroncito’, ‘piscinazo’ and ‘penaltito’… The referee set the bar very low, well, if this criteria is followed, you will see three maximum penalties per match. We’ll see what happens. In the stands, more than one Saudi journalist recalled the socio-political rivalry between Qatar and Arabia to explain the ‘penalty’. Nothing to do, obviously, but… ‘penalty’ after all.

The Saudes, what a hobby

One, who watches a lot of football around the world, was undoubtedly surprised by the Saudi fans. Nothing to envy, in capacity for spirit and noise, to none in the world. It is true that there were many (the majority in the stadium) and it is true that we had them on top of us (from the press), but it was impressive to witness their animosity ‘in situ’. By the way, there were 88,000 spectators officially, when the capacity was 80,000. Weird, weird.

Messi, defeated, but adding…

Messi breaks records game after game. it is already the only player in the history of South America with five World Cups (The ‘club of five’ is made up of seven ‘players’, with Matthus, Cristiano, Guardado, Ochoa, Mrquez, Carbajal and Buffon). In his 166 international caps, Leo has 92 goals and is also close to Lothar, who is the player with the most caps in World Cup history (25). Leo has 20 to Diego Maradona’s 21 (21).

A lot of Argentine… but even more ‘Qatar-Argentines’

We came to the stadium by metro and checked it ‘in situ’. The Argentine fans were numerous, although not as large as the Mexicans in this World Cup, and they made themselves felt in their own way, with their songs and joy. Of course, do not get carried away by the albiceleste shirts that were in the stadium. There was a lot of Argentine, but also a lot of Qatar (or other nationalities) with the albiceleste, endorsing that Messi’s team is the most supported by the local parish.

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