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Argentina, disappointment to candidate

Left behind, cornered simply for anecdotes of history, the frustrating defeat against Saudi Arabia at the start of Qatar 2022 that provisionally extinguished the illusion of the Argentines, which was gradually revived with the victories against Mexico and Poland.

From the threat of removal Albiceleste passedin less than a week, to recover the candidate status. The group of Leo Messi and company points to the cup again. Above all because of the evolution, the evident progress that he has shown on the pitch during the tournament.

The setback against the Saudi team put an end to a fabulous unbeaten run. Thirty-six games without defeat. Argentina came like a shot to Qatar, with the band of favorites and the desire to still take advantage of the livelihood of its star to finish as champion for the third time in its history.

Reality has put Argentina with its feet on the ground. The euphoria was extinguished and the necessary tranquility was achieved to understand the idiosyncrasies of the event where a setback may not mean anything at a specific moment and where excessive optimism can ruin any approach.

It was Lionel Scaloni who best understood the situation and was positioned in the middle. The message penetrated the locker room and after the setback against Saudi Arabia the team reacted. Also, the guy who he seemed immobile in his decisionswith a typical team and a corseted eleven, swerved in Doha.

In fact, He intervened without fear and put his hand to the lineups. Five changes in the second game and four in the third. Interventions that caused the irruption of promising but weightless players who became protagonists, agitators in matches and decisive in triumphs.

It was the case of Enzo Fernandez first, in the match against Mexico, and Alexis MacAllister Y Julian Alvarez Later, in the duel against Poland, they took on a more important role to pull the Albiceleste out of trouble.

“There are twenty-six that can play. Until recently there was a team by heart but now we have more that make us consider game by game. Sometimes it goes well. We think about the team, not the individual”.

And among all this, Messi. The star of the Albiceleste never misses the appointment. He scored Argentina’s only goal in the first game and led the way to a much-needed victory in the second. He is in Qatar and breaks records. The story of his life. The man from Rosario monopolizes everything and his teammates take advantage of it. Already become the soccer player from his country who has played the most matches in the World Cups, already ahead of Diego Armando Maradona, he has the status of top scorer within a shot. He has eight, the same as “Pelusa” and is two behind Gabriel Batistuta, the top scorer.

Argentina now looks at the World Cup landscape with optimism. hold on australia Saturday in the round of 16. And in the quarterfinals he would face the winner of the match between United States and Netherlands. Until the semifinals, the albiceleste does not meet any of the giants. Probably Brazil. The path is encouraging.

“All the teams are difficult and it has been shown. Arabia beat us and we didn’t expect it. A European, an African, a South American can beat you. Playing well they can even beat you. And that happened with Arabia. All the games are difficult and anyone who thinks Australia will be easy is wrong.

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