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Do not Cry for Me Argentina! 2022

Do not Cry for Me Argentina!  2022


This famous song “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” became something of an anthem when it was performed by Madonna in the 1996 musical film Avoid.

Now, 26 years later, it sounds so surprisingly appropriate.

Whichever adjective you use, you’d be absolutely lost for the screaming words as underdogs Saudi Arabia scored one of the biggest World Cup upsets ever by beating Lionel Messi’s Argentina 2-1.

Simply incredible!

Poor Messi. His quest to win the only major title to elude him got off to a shocking start and brought back memories of Cameroon’s 1-0 victory over an Argentine team, led by Diego Maradona, in their opening match of the Cup of World of 1990.

SAUDI WITH A BIG HEART

When Argentina scored with a 10thMessi’s penalty in the minute, it simply felt like a foregone conclusion… a possible rout in store, as Iran are shocked 6-2 by England.

But the big-hearted Saudis fought back and goals from Saleh Alshehri and Salem Aldawsari within five minutes of the second half secured this unimaginable victory.

Believe me, this defeat by Argentina rivals other World Cup defeats such as Senegal’s 1-0 win over title holders France in their 2002 tournament opener and the United States beating England with the same score in 1950.

It’s hard to think that Argentina’s 36-match unbeaten run ended at the Lusail Stadium in Messi’s fifth – and probably last – World Cup.

SPORTS MESSI

But Messi, the Paris Saint-Germain striker, was sporting the final whistle. He he shook hands with a Saudi coaching staff member and stood with his hands on his hips near the center circle, a scene all too familiar for one of the best players ever, who is yet to win the biggest prize in football.

For the record, Argentinathe results at fifa world cup ranks as one of the most successful national soccer teams in the world, having won two World Cups in 1978 And 1986. Argentina finished as runners-up three times: in 1930, 1990 And 2014. In 19 World Cup tournaments, Argentina he had 47 wins in 82 games. The team was present in all but four World Cups, being only behind Brazil And Germany by number of appearances (including the 2022 edition, to be played).

Now tears of chagrin can well up in your eyes for Messi and Argentina. Ask: How will they now withdraw and leave this group?

* Suresh Nair is an award-winning sportscaster who is also a qualified international coach and instructor of international referees

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