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Argentina vs Saudi Arabia LIVE: 2022 World Cup team news as Lionel Messi and Emiliano Martinez kick off their Group C match

World Cup: Daily Update from Day 2 in Qatar

Argentina and Saudi Arabia will face off today in Group C of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Argentina are among the favorites to lift the trophy this winter and start their rivalry with a favorable draw against Saudi Arabia, one of the fish in the competition.

While seemingly tougher tests lie ahead for Lionel Messi and his teammates when they face Mexico and Poland – who will meet later in the day – this opening match represents a big chance for the two-time champions to score three points and step up.

Argentina haven’t won a World Cup since 1986, when Maradona starred for them in Mexico, and the nation is desperate not only to regain the crown, but also to see Messi add that elusive title to his already frighteningly long list of honors.

Messi missed several training sessions in the week leading up to the match against Saudi Arabia, but the captain insisted: “I feel very good, I feel very good physically, I am in good shape.” That’s good news for Argentina, but bad news for Saudi Arabia, which is expecting one of the biggest upheavals in World Cup history.

Follow all the action on our live blog below.

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Argentina vs Saudi Arabia: Thoughts of the experts!

Graeme Souness, continues speaking ITV;

“This is the strongest team he has played with at the World Cup. It’s such a special event, you have to expect it to happen. He is probably the best player ever, Ronaldo is a bit behind him. They’ve been doing it for so long. Can’t wait to see this guy play. Such an exceptional talent. He lifts me up from my seat like no other player in world football.

“He just swims and plays instinctively. Outstanding. He is one of the strongest players. Combined with his technical skills and mentality, he is the perfect player.

Kieran JacksonNovember 22, 2022 09:45

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Argentina vs Saudi Arabia: The players are already warming up!

Both teams are out warming up at the iconic Lusail Stadium – no wonder who gets the biggest roar!

Lionel Messi is taking part in his fifth – and as he said – last World Cup in Qatar, looking for the one trophy that has eluded him!

Will he be a star today?

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Kieran JacksonNovember 22, 2022 09:36

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Argentina vs Saudi Arabia: Here are all the details in Group C!

Lionel Messi will finally try to win that elusive World Cup and fill the remaining hole in his shiny resume as Argentina kicks off their Qatar 2022 Group C campaign.

Messi’s status as one of the greatest players of all time is already assured, but ahead of his fifth and final World Cup, the prospect of elevating Jules Rimet is tantalizing. He came painfully close when La Albiceleste lost to Germany in the 2014 final before a disappointing round of 16 exit four years ago, but the team has rebuilt, capped a dismal 28-year trophy at the 2021 Copa America and is one of the favorites in Qatar, joined by Messi such as Emi Martinez, Cristian Romero, Rodrigo De Paul and Lautaro Martinez in the mighty core of Lionel Scaloni’s side.

They are overwhelming favorites to win Group C after going through South American qualifiers, while Mexico’s record of getting out of groups in their last eight appearances at the World Cup means they will be looking to finish second, although the lack of a goal threat could prove their loss.

Poland – which certainly has no shortage of goal threats with Robert Lewandowski at the helm – seems most likely to advance if Tree are on the wane and hope to play their first World Cup knockout match since 1986. Saudi Arabia closes out the group as an underdog after emerging from Asian qualifiers, with a promising roster of youngsters who previously won the first ever U23 AFC Cup this year appear to have yet to develop enough to cause real problems at the highest level

Here’s everything you need to know about Group C:

Which teams are in Group C?

Argentina, Mexico, Poland and Saudi Arabia make up Group C.

What are the places?

Lusail (Lusail Stadium), Doha (974 Stadium), Al Rayyan (Education City Stadium),

Kieran JacksonNovember 22, 2022 09:23

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Argentina vs Saudi Arabia: odds!

Argentina vs Saudi Arabia odds

Kieran JacksonNovember 22, 2022 09:10

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Argentina vs Saudi Arabia: TEAM NEWS

Emeliano Martinez, Cristian Romero, Nicolas Tagliafico, Nicolas Otamendi, Nahuel Molina, Alejandro Gomez, Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Lionel Messi (c), Lautaro Martinez, Angel Di Maria.

Mohamed Al-Owais, Ali Al-Bulaihi, Yasser Al-Shahrani, Mohamed Kanno, Saud Abdulhamid, Abdulelah Al-Malki, Saleh Al-Shehri, Hassan Al-Tambakti, Salman Al-Faraj (c), Salem Al-Dawsari, Firas Al-Buraikan.

Kieran JacksonNovember 22, 2022 09:00

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Argentina vs Saudi Arabia: The Independent…

Lionel Messi faces his last chance to win the World Cup at the age of 35, with his team entering the tournament as one of the favorites after Argentina won the Copa America last summer.

After a car accident in the 2018 campaign, Argentina now has much better balance and cohesion under Lionel Scaloni than in any other World Cup where Messi has played.

Kieran JacksonNovember 22, 2022 08:41

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Argentina vs Saudi Arabia: Lionel Messi’s recent World Cup is a tangled web of sports laundry

It’s the 93rd minute of a hot November evening in Qatar. Lionel Messi takes a forward pass and receives a return, soaring towards the Brazil defense. He is nibbled in the shins and although Messi stumbles, he continues, now walking away from the goal. An inverted shot across his body knocks him off balance and he falls backwards. The ball, however, fits perfectly into the far corner, and when Messi clears the ball, Argentina can celebrate their first win over Brazil in five years.

It was 2010, a match two weeks before the FIFA meeting to vote for the hosts of the 2022 World Cup. Hosting a friendly match between international football’s biggest rivals, as well as its best player, was undoubtedly a significant moment for Qatar’s relationship with sport, but it came when its own FIFA’s technical report delivered a damning verdict that the country’s bid to host the World Cup was “high risk”. In the end, it made no difference. Two weeks later, Sepp Blatter announced a decision that would shape football for the next 12 years.

Argentina’s victory over Brazil and Messi’s time-taker marked the beginning of two journeys that will culminate in the next four weeks in a World Cup that will combine ambition and opportunity, the legacy of which will be the image left for the hosts.

In terms of test runs, however, this was not the first time. England had played a year earlier in their first international match, held at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, also against Brazil. But what at the time could have been seen as Messi’s moment of individual brilliance, a combination of balance, skill and speed that would define his career, can now also be seen through the lens of Qatar’s early forays into hosting big names, big teams and their attempts to gain power through football.

On the pitch, Messi’s last shot at the World Cup is the most fascinating history of the tournament. During the friendly match against Qatar in 2010, and after Argentina’s dismal performance at the World Cup under Diego Maradona in South Africa, Messi truly emerged as the captain and expected to lead the national team for the next 12 years. years.

Kieran JacksonNovember 22, 2022 08:23

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What channel is Argentina vs Saudi Arabia on? Start time and where to watch World Cup matches

It’s been 36 years since Argentina last won the World Cup, and the prize is one Messi has avoided throughout his career.

Now playing in his final World Cup at the age of 35, Messi appears to be returning to his best form after a difficult first season at PSG, while Argentina also appear to be in good form.

Lionel Scaloni’s men are among the favorites after winning the Copa America last summer, ending Messi’s long wait for a first international title with his country.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Luke BakerNovember 22, 2022 08:15

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Argentina vs Saudi Arabia

Welcome to Independents Argentina vs saudi arabia match report from the world cup in qatar.

Lionel Messi has one last chance to win the World Cup with Argentina, opening his final tournament against the unpopular Saudi Arabia. The World Cup has eluded Messi throughout his career, the closest he came in a final defeat to Germany in 2014.

Argentina had poor campaigns in 2010 and 2018 but are coming to Qatar as one of the favorites after winning the Copa America last summer.

It was a win that gave Messi his long-awaited first international title with Argentina, and Lionel Scaloni’s team will be sure to go far in Qatar.

Follow all the action on our live blog.

Luke BakerNovember 22, 2022 08:05

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