Why Did Argentina Lose Their Game Against Saudi Arabia?

Argentina vs Saudi Arabia
Argentina vs Saudi Arabia

Here we show you some reasons for why Argentina lost their game against Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia defeated Argentina 1-2 in the fifth game of 2022 FIFA World Cup. It was an unbelievable and unexpected victory for the Arab fans as for how did they manage to defeat world’s 3rd placed team on FIFA World Ranking.

Saudi Arabia ended Argentina’s 36 game unbeaten run which means that Italy still holds the record for longest unbeaten run in football history (37 games unbeaten).

Lionel Messi was the only goalscorer for his national team and marked another record to his name. He became the only player for Argentina to have scored in four different World Cup tournaments (2010, 2014, 2018, 2022).

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Unfortunately, Messi has started his World Cup campaign with a defeat but how did Argentina lose to team that is ranked 51st on World Ranking. Here are those 5 reasons you need to know.

5 Reasons Why?

1. Too Many Offsides

Argentina were struggling against Saudi Arabia’s offside trap. They could have scored four goals in the game but their other three netted goals scored by Messi and Martinez were given offsides.

Argentina - Offside
Argentina – Offside

2. Saudi Arabia’s Defense

Argentina dominated the whole first half but they missed a lots of chances in the second half. Arabian players were doing an incredible work at the back. They defended those 6 on-target shots perfectly.

M. Al Owais
M. Al Owais

3. Al Owais’ Amazing Reflexes

Saudi Arabia’s goalkeeper M. Al Owais was on fire during the whole game. He made five big saves to keep his team’s hopes high. He was declared the ‘Man Of The Match’ after his sensational performance in the match.

4. Argentina’s Defensive Mistakes

The two goals Argentina conceded were because of the unawareness of their defensive. Their fans might forgive their second goal but their first goal was probably caused by a bad linkup between their midfield and defense.

5. Unstable Playing XI

Lisandro Martinez has been one of the best defenders this season so far. However, he didn’t start the game against Saudi Arabia and the same can be said about Paulo Dybala.