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“Macanudo” had arrived at the last minute to lead the Saudi Arabian team. However, he did not do well: he fell 5-0.

Pizzi at the opening match of Russia 2018
© GettyPizzi at the opening match of Russia 2018

We are a few hours away from the opening ceremony of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. A match that, throughout history, regardless of the level of the teams that star in it, It is always highly anticipated by most of the fans of the soccer world.

On this occasion, the local squad will face Ecuador, which will play this type of match for the first time in a World Cup. A great pride for the Tri, which has had a previous controversy over everything that happened with Byron Castillo and the TAS ruling.

However, for Russia 2018 a similar phenomenon was generated for the Chilean public. And it is that although Byron will not be there, the one who was and did not end up being very loved was Juan Antonio Pizzi. Macanudo left La Roja badly after failing to qualify for the World Cup, however, shortly before the start of the tournament, he appeared in another team as if nothing had happened: Saudi Arabia.

The bitter memory in the opening match

As fate would have it, the Arabs were paired in the group with Russia. The locals faced the Saudi national team in the opening match. On paper, it was a game without much interest for the neutral public and the only thing that was really striking was that it was an opening duel.

However, the duel did not remain a good memory for Pizzi. His team was a shadow and they ended up being thrashed 5-0, in what was the first nail in the coffin for the Argentine coach. He only saved him the victory against Egypt in that competition, which earned him continuity in office.

However, a year later he was dismissed as a result of his team’s poor results in the Asian Cup. He finally ended up returning to San Lorenzo de Almagro in 2019 and then ended up joining Racing Club

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