With Mexico and Poland on both teams, Argentina will need an immediate response if Messi has a realistic chance of matching Diego Maradona’s immortality in his home country by bringing back the World Cup .
The result reignited old question marks in Argentina ‘s defence, breaking their astonishing 36 -match unbeaten run. This prevented them from equaling the previous international record of 37 unbeaten matches held by Italy.
It also mars Messi ‘s achievement of becoming the first Argentine to score in four World Cups in his 20th World Cup appearance. Only Maradona has played more for Argentina at the World Cup, with 21 in total .
” It hurts. We dream of starting the World Cup with a win, ” said Messi’s strike partner Martinez. ” But it happened and now we have to train and look forward.
” We lost the game because of our own mistakes, especially in the second half. There are details that make a difference and we need to correct our mistakes. ”
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Cover up a bleak history
Everything looked very different at the start of the game, with a ferocious Lionel Messi nearly scoring in the opening seconds, celebrating happily after Saudi keeper Mohamed Al- Owais’ penalty miss, and then being ruled out.
For the Saudis , the result belied their dismal history at the start of the tournament, including a 5-0 defeat by hosts Russia in 2018 and an 8-0 defeat by Germany in 2002 .