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The fourth day of the World Cup begins.

What a shock yesterday, right?

Let’s start quickly with the news of the day, that, with what happened to us, we are no longer for great previews. Reality hit hard, but calm down, not to give up: there is still a long way to go and those who fight are not dead.


A gigantic bucket of cold water

Not even the most optimistic of Arabs would have expected what happened Yesterday: one of the most surprising victories in the entire history of the World Cups. We played badly, we had bad luck, we didn’t know how to react at a disadvantage and the truth is that we were beaten fairly well. Saudi Arabia found two goals in a flurry, then dipped back and Argentina could no longer find their way. The bad news, and I don’t even have to clarify it, is that we lost and everything got complicated; the good news is that, despite the unexpected crash, we are still alive and qualifying is entirely up to us. “To clean the snot. This is just beginning”, says Zequi Scher in this great text.

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In the press conference after the defeat, Lionel Scaloni analyzed: “I think the first half was all ours, certain situations that at another time were a goal. At halftime we said that the game was strange, that a goal can change anything, and that’s how it happened. They tie us and in the next play they make us 2-1. I haven’t spoken to the players yet, of course. They are in pain and thinking about the adverse result, but also about turning the situation around. It’s about winning the next games and that’s where we’re at”. For his part, herve renardthe French DT from Saudi Arabia, left a sentence for the collection: “Today, to summarize, the stars aligned with us.”

For the Arabs it was the most important victory in their entire history and they positioned themselves very well for potential classification. The 26 players of the team that beat us play in the local league and, of the eleven starters yesterday, nine play for the same team, al hilal, directed by Ramón Díaz from La Rioja. The festivities broke out throughout the nation and the king of the country, Salman bin Abdulazizdecreed a national holiday for the surprise triumph.

Last but not least, something that went quite unnoticed because we were trailing and there was very little left to go. The kick than the goalkeeper from Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Alowaisgave to Yasser Al Shahrani, his own teammate, at the end of the game was terrible. He fractured her jaw and skull, and it could have been much worse: we really were very close to a tragedy. The player was transferred by private plane to Germany, where he will undergo an emergency operation. We will closely monitor his situation, waiting for the surgical intervention to be successful.

A tie that gives us encouragement

Fortunately, Mexico and Polandthe other members of the group with Argentina, they tied without goals. In other words, none of them took advantage of our fall to get three points from us: it’s a pretty important consolation prize after the blow we gave ourselves in the morning. Guillermo Ochoaa historic Mexican goalkeeper who usually stands out in the World Cups, was the great hero of the day, when he covered a penal to the polish superstar Robert Lewandowski. The game, however, was quite flat and with few clear chances of scoring.

The defeat against Saudi Arabia forces us to start with the calculations. Argentina will face Mexico next Saturday at 4:00 p.m.. Before, at 10, Saudi Arabia will seek to continue his streak against Poland. If we lose, there will be no possible combination that will save us: we are left out. If we tie, we’ll still have chances, but we’ll depend on other results and we’ll arrive biting our nails at the last date. If we win, we will position ourselves quite well in the table, but even so we will risk our luck on Wednesday the 30th, against the poles.

the other parties

France, reigning world champions, renewed their candidate credentials with a very convincing performance. They crushed Australia 4–1 and showed that he continues with a great thirst for glory. kylian mbappeauthor of a goal, confirmed that he is the most unbalancing player on the planet: when he starts, the rivals cannot stop him. Olivier Giroudthe attacker who had not managed to score any goal in the previous Cup, took off his mufa, scored two and equalized Thierry Henry as top scorer in the history of the French team with 51 goals. The rest was scored by the midfielder Adrien Rabiot. The Australians started winning and held on as long as they could, but they were clearly outclassed by the French team.

Meanwhile, for the same group, Denmark failed to fulfill the forecasts and barely drew against Tunisia, which put them in trouble throughout the game. It was a 0–0 which leaves both with expectations of passing the round.

On the next date, french and danish they will collide with each other, and they will do the same Australians and Tunisians.

today’s matches

7 am: Morocco vs. Croatia

Yesterday we all got up very early. Today it is not so important (in fact, this newsletter will reach you in the middle of this game). Croatia, world runner-up, measure forces against Morocco, lower level but dangerous. The great figure of Croatians continues to be stainless Luka modric, axis of Real Madrid, who is already 37 years old but it seems that time does not pass him. The Moroccans have several players in top-level European clubs (among them, the PSG winger Achraf Hakimi and the Chelsea hitch Hakim Ziyech) and dream of surprising.

10 am: Germany vs. Japan

The Germans were left out of the World Cup in Russia after losing to South Korea and today, in their debut against Japan, they will seek to prevent those ghosts from reviving. It will be strange not to see in the bank Joachim Low, team coach during the last three Cups. His replacement Hansi FlickTrust what the youngsters can do in attack Kai Havertz Y Jamal Musiala. In the arch will be Manuel Neuer and the big unknown is: will the legend be the headline Thomas mullerwhich already has ten goals in World Cups?

The Japanese, for their part, arrive with great expectations. “We want to enter the round of 16 and we would like to advance further: that would be changing history,” he said. Hajime Moriyasu, His trainer. The figures of the team are the striker Takumi Minamino and the midfielders tafekusa kubo Y Daichi Kamada.

1 pm: Spain vs. Costa Rica

On paper, the selection commanded by the streamer Luis Enrique It is a clear favorite to win, although after what happened to us yesterday with Saudi Arabia, it became difficult to make predictions. As in Barcelona, Sergio Busquets (34 years old) will share midfield with Gavi (18), in a tandem that combines experience and youth. In the attack, the main reference will be alvaro morata.

The Costa Ricans, for their part, qualified for the World Cup at the last breath, after beating New Zealand in the playoffs. with the archer Keylor Navas as a figure, they will try to play a worthy role.

4:00 p.m. Belgium vs. Canada

The last clash of the day will face Belgians and Canadians. Belgium is, according to FIFA classificationthe second best team on the planet but arrives beaten after losing in the last 2–1 friendly against Egypt. In any case, his names are scary: among them, the goalkeeper Thibaut Courtoisthe steering wheel kevin debruyne and the striker Romelu Lukaku (who will not play today due to injury). It will be necessary to see if those directed by the Spanish Roberto Martinez, third in the last Cupthey give the final blow.

Canada, for its part, returns to the World Cup after 46 years, with a team made up mostly of children of immigrants, in which the multi-functional player from Bayern Munich stands out. Alfonso Davies (born in a refugee camp in Ghana, to a father and mother fleeing the civil war in Liberia) and the French Lille attacker Jonathan David.


Undoubtedly, one of the best reactions of the World Cup. The Tunisian Defender Aissa Laidouni avoid a Danish attack with a sweep in the first minute of play and celebrates it as if he had come out world champion. Wonderful reaction.

If you’re still sad about what happened yesterday (surely yes) seeing images of Diego Armando Maradona always renews hope in an Argentina that hopefully can recover soon. yesterday, the 10th was very present at Louisail Stadium.

Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer a Manchester United player. That is, he has no more equipment: he is free. Herethe statement in which the club announces its separation.


Tomorrow, the two remaining South American teams will debut. Brazil will open against Serbiaand it is expected that the Real Madrid attacker Vinicius Jr. and the English West Ham midfielder Lucas Paqueta be holders. For his part, titeCoach, prayed yesterday in a Doha mosque.

In Uruguay, meanwhile, it is expected that the historic Diego Godin occupy the central defense defense in the first game against South Korea. The front edinson cavani would start at the bank, while Luis Suarez it would come from the start.

But, since we are talking about South American football, I recommend you read this What Roberto Parrottino wrote: What is in the genetics of our players? What makes us different from the Europeans? A very nice space for reflection and analysis.


Among the 1480 participants of the overhead prode, only one person guessed that Saudi Arabia was beating Argentina. The curious thing is that he stated that the result would be 144 to 3 in favor of the Arabs. His name is Alfredo and he lives in Mar del Plata.

Curious, we consulted him regarding his choice: we wondered if it was a Nostradamus of the Pampas, someone who understood everything long before the rest, a lost bet or what. His response: “I wanted to put Arabia winning 3–1. But I don’t know what I touched and apparently, instead of 1, there was 144”.

One more postcard from an unusual day, which will remain forever in everyone’s memory…


This time I’m going to ask you to look outside the field. Why? Because, by the time the match against Belgium starts, the coach of Canada, john herdman, will become the first DT in history to have led a women’s and a men’s soccer World Cup. The Briton already commanded the Canadian girls in the 2015 Cup, which was held in that country.

See you tomorrow.

I have faith that after this pineapple we received, everything will change.


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