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Why did Argentina lose their match against Saudi Arabia? – Big sports news

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

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

Saudi Arabia ended Argentina’s 36-game unbeaten run, meaning Italy still hold the record for the longest unbeaten run in football history (37 games unbeaten).

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

Unfortunately, Messi has started his World Cup campaign with a defeat, but how did Argentina lose to a team ranked 51st in the world rankings. Here are the 5 reasons you need to know.

5 reasons why?

1. Too many offsides

Argentina struggled against Saudi Arabia’s offside trap. They could have scored four goals in the match, but their other three goals scored by Messi and Martinez were ruled offside.

Argentina - Offside
Argentina – Offside

2. Defense of Saudi Arabia

Argentina dominated the entire first half, but they missed a lot of chances in the second half. Arab players did an incredible job at the back. They defended the 6 shots on goal perfectly.

M. Al Owais
M. Al Owais

3. Al Owais’ amazing reflexes

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

4. Argentina’s defensive mistakes

The two goals Argentina conceded were due to the unawareness of their defensive. Their fans might forgive their second goal, but their first goal was probably caused by a poor connection between their midfield and defence.

5. Unstable Playback XI

Lisandro Martinez has been one of the best defenders this season so far. However, he did not start the match against Saudi Arabia, and the same can be said for Paulo Dybala.

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