Lionel Scaloni (Argentina coach, beaten 2-1 by Saudi Arabia): “We knew how Saudi Arabia played, we had worked on it this week, they have a very high defensive line. It was played out a few millimeters, that’s technology (in reference to semi-automatic offside). It’s hard to swallow. In five minutes, they gave us two goals, their only two shots on target. Now we just have to get up and win the next two matches.
Today is a sad day, but as we always say, we lift our heads and carry on. In the first half, we dominated. At the break, we said to ourselves that the match was weird, that a goal could change everything. And that’s what happened. We will analyze all this calmly, I have not yet spoken to the players. They are all very affected but are already thinking of reversing the situation. Everyone called us favorites before the game, but we know that this kind of thing can happen in a World Cup.
“The match escapes us in no time, without us realizing it”
Sometimes you can be infinitely superior, but in one goal, your dynamic changes completely. The match escapes us in no time, without us realizing it, we are at 2-1. We were in good shape, we couldn’t have dreamed of better, that’s the reality. But it’s like that. We were coming off a great winning streak, but we knew it was going to end one day. »