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Lionel Messi breaks silence after Argentina suffer shock defeat against Saudi Arabia at FIFA World Cup 2022


Lionel Messi has broken his silence after two-time FIFA World Cup winners Argentina were outplayed by minnows Saudi Arabia at the grandest stage of them all on Tuesday. Messi-led Argentina side was handed a reality check at the Qatar World Cup as the former champions failed to win their opening fixture of the showpiece event at the Lusail Iconic Stadium. Pulling off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the FIFA World Cup, Saudi Arabia outclassed Argentina 2-1 to register a famous win over La Albiceleste.

Writing his name into the history books on Tuesday, Messi became the first Argentine player to net a goal in four different World Cups. Messi achieved the historic feat when the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) star scored the opening goal of the encounter between La Albiceleste and Saudi Arabia. However, Messi’s record-breaking goal went in vain as Saudi Arabia staged an epic comeback in the second half. The second lowest-ranked team at the World Cup netted two goals in the second half to stun the former world champions.

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Reflecting on Argentina’s dreadful performance in its opening fixture at the FIFA World Cup 2022, Messi admitted that the two-time champions have suffered a ‘very heavy blow’ in the group stage of the elite tournament. “It’s a situation that this group of players has never been through, it’s been a while since we suffered such a tough blow, we didn’t expect to start like this,” Messi told Argentinian media after the World Cup 2022 encounter, reports news agency Reuters.

“We know that Saudi Arabia is a team with good players, who move the ball around well and play a high line. We worked on that but we rushed it a bit. At 2-1 we got disorganised, we lost our performance level and started desperately putting the ball into the middle,” Messi said.

“There are no excuses, we’re going to be more united than ever before. This group is strong and has shown it before. We had not been in this situation for a long time. Now we must show that this is a true group. This is the time to stick together, to turn the page and not think about what happened. We always said we were going to (try to) win every game and now more than ever,” Messi added.

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