WATCH: Saudi Arabia manager Herve Renard gives motivating pep talk at half-time mark during ARG vs KSA FIFA World Cup 2022

Saudi Arabia looked like a different team altogether in the second half of the game against Argentina on Tuesday.

Ritesh PathakAuthor

Updated - 23 November 2022 11:49 AM

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Saudi Arabia did the unbelievable in their first match of the FIFA World Cup 2022 as they beat Lionel Messi-led Argentina 2-1 on Tuesday (22 November). They showed to the world that it takes passion and zeal to beat a team and not big names. To beat someone like Argentina who were on a 36-match winning streak required a lot of courage, determination, and execution. 

Saudi Arabia did not start well as Argentinian captain Messi scored in the 10th minute from the spot. Argentina struck thrice more - one by Messi and two by Lautaro Martinez but all three goals were disallowed for offside. Nevertheless, the first half ended with Argentina being 1-0 ahead. Stars were in Argentina’s favour as the team in White and Sky Blue had never lost a World Cup game after being 1-0 ahead after 1958. 

But Herve Renard believed the Green Falcons could beat Argentina, all they needed was some motivation. The France-born coach then took it on himself and talked the team through at half-time. Renard was seen motivating the Green Falcons and also sharing some valuable insights in a video going viral on social media. 

Talking about the game, Saudi Arabia looked like a different team altogether in the second half. Minutes into the second half, the Green Falcons had their equalizer with Saleh Al-Shehri scoring in the 48th minute. But the job was not done yet and the team knew it. They needed one more goal for a lead and Salem Al-Dawsari provided that flair in the 53rd minute. 

With plenty of time left in the second half, Argentina were expected to make a comeback and at last draw the game. But the Green Falcons were determined. Despite Argentina having plenty of ball possession, Saudi Arabia maintained their lead and eventually won the game 2-1. 

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