Argentina vs Saudi Arabia FIFA World Cup Football Match 22 Now 2022
About the match
Argentina is going head to head with Saudi Arabia starting on 22 Nov 2022 at 10:00 UTC at Lusail Iconic Stadium stadium, Lusail city, Qatar. The match is a part of the World Cup, Group C.
In what may very well prove to be Lionel Messi’s World Cup swansong, the script for the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner to propel his nation to the big one has already been written, and there is every reason to believe that this year could be Argentina’s year.
Lionel Scaloni’s side made the journey to Qatar with the Copa America already in the bag, and ending a 36-year run without World Cup glory is next on the agenda for the South American champions, whose luminary Messi had not even been born when they last went all the way in the World Cup.
Since losing 2-0 to Brazil in the 2019 Copa America, Argentina have embarked on an astonishing 36-game unbeaten run across all competitions, qualifying for the 2022 World Cup without losing a game and winning each of their last five in all tournaments.
La Albiceleste’s recent quintet of victories has been accompanied by five clean sheets and a whopping 16 goals – at least three in every game – and their final warm-up friendly versus the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday ended in a comprehensive 5-0 triumph.
Being eliminated from the last 16 with only one win to their name in the entire tournament was a bitter disappointment for Argentina in 2018, four years after falling to Germany in the 2014 final, but a fast start should be on the menu for La Albiceleste in Qatar.
Saudi Arabia held the honour of opening the 2018 World Cup against host nation Russia, but that 5-0 defeat was a forgettable affair for the Arabian Falcons, who will likely be fearing a similar fate versus a rampant Argentina on Tuesday.
Herve Renard’s side were unsurprisingly the victims of a group-stage exit four years ago and are fighting an uphill battle to avoid suffering the same result this time around, with Mexico and Poland also taking their places in a daunting Group C.
A last-16 finish in 1994 represents Saudi Arabia’s sole progression beyond the group stage of the World Cup so far, and the world’s 51st-ranked nation do not arrive in Qatar in the best of form, having won just two of their last 10 matches in all tournaments.
Renard’s men drew 1-1 with Panama and lost 1-0 to Croatia in the build-up to the World Cup, and their last 10 games have only seen nine goals fly in at either end of the pitch, but the Arabian Falcons do at least possess the benefit of playing in such sweltering conditions on a regular basis.
Argentina and Saudi Arabia have never met at the finals of a World Cup before, but the Albiceleste boast a record of two wins and two draws from their previous four clashes with the Asian nation, most recently being held to a goalless stalemate in a 2012 friendly.
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