Argentina’s Lautaro Martinez in motion in opposition to Saudi Arabia in 2022 FIFA World Cup© AFP
Argentina ahead Lautaro Martinez mentioned Tuesday’s shock 2-1 World Cup defeat to Saudi Arabia damage badly because the Copa America champions’ lengthy unbeaten run got here to a shuddering halt. Lionel Messi gave Argentina — who got here into the match on a 36-game unbeaten streak — an early lead from the penalty spot in Doha. However Saleh Al-Shehri equalised early within the second half and Salem Al-Dawsari struck a sensational winner.
Argentina had three targets dominated out for offside within the opening interval as their World Cup opener fell flat.
“It is clear we misplaced the sport due to our personal errors, above all within the second half,” mentioned Martinez, who performs for Inter Milan.
“Within the first half we must always have scored a couple of aim, however that is the World Cup. Now we’ve to relaxation and take into consideration what’s forward. These are two finals now.”
Two-time World Cup winners Argentina got here into the match as one of many favourites however now face a battle to get out of Group C, with matches to return in opposition to Mexico and Poland.
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“No doubt (the following two video games might be tough),” mentioned Martinez.
“At this time was a tough opponent too. We began like that after which within the second half we made errors. They make the distinction in video games. We have now to right them for the video games to return.”
“(It hurts) loads. We wished to begin the World Cup with a win,” he added.
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