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Misery for Argentina as Juventus duo produce contrasting performances in the biggest World Cup upset

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It’s not the greatest show on the planet without one shocking upset. This year’s World Cup produced a shocking result yesterday with Saudi Arabia pulling off the unthinkable against the Albicelestes. Argentina did get an early penalty and Lionel Messi scored as expected. But they were caught offside eight times resulting in frustration in the squad.

In the second half back to back goals from Saudi turned the result upside down. Despite having higher ball possession, Messi and co couldn’t find an opening through a very tight Saudi backline. With a very depressing performance from the midfield, the Argentines were completely outclassed by the opposing side. Even if Messi produced a few brilliant spells in the first half and also scored a penalty, his performance was nonetheless underwhelming throughout.

Even though Scaloni made necessary substitutions at the 59th minute, they were unable to turn over the scenario. Lisandro, Acuna, and Alvares after being substituted couldn’t really make a difference as Argentina fell short apart at the end.

PAREDES AND DI MARIA SCORECARD FOR ARGENTINA

Reports from ilBianconero state that Juventus teammates Leandro Paredes and Angel Di Maria had quite a noticeable disparity in their performances. Even though Paredes won the penalty for Messi, he was too underwhelming at the midfield with no positive influence. Eventually, he was subbed off in the 59th minute in place of Enzo Fernandez.

Whereas, Di Maria on the other hand played rather well and delivered dangerous crosses inside the box. But he as well couldn’t produce an end product. The 34-year-old remained on the pitch until the end but couldn’t find an opening through an impenetrable Saudi wall.

Overall it was Saudi Arabia’s historic win over Argentina and the former would hope to see themselves in the round of 16. Argentina on the other hand should definitely collect positive results from their next two matches if they want to qualify for the next stage.

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