Argentina slipped on A 2-1 Defeat at Lusail Stadium despite Messi taking a first-half lead from a 10th-minute penalty.
The result will go down as one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history, but Messi insisted there is a way out for his team – one of the pre-tournament favorites – if they can deal with the setback.
Asked how his teammates were feeling after the game, Messi said, “Really?
Messi said, “We were hoping to get the three points, which would have given us peace.” “Things happen for a reason. We have to be ready for things to come, we have to win and it’s up to us.”
“There are no excuses. We’re going to be more united than ever. This group is strong, and we’ve shown it. This is a situation we haven’t been through in a long time. Now we have to show that this is a real group.
“It is a painful loss but we have to continue to believe in ourselves,” he said. “We must turn the page and move on. We must analyze what went wrong. Focus on the positives and focus on the game against Mexico.”
Saudi Arabia’s manager Hervé Renard later suggested that Argentina – 48 places above his team in the world rankings – may be lacking motivation.
Messi, however, insisted he did not take his opponents lightly and told the thousands of fans traveling to Qatar that they would turn their World Cup campaign around when they face them. Mexico And poland,
Messi said, “My message to the fans is to have faith.” “We will not leave them stranded.
“We knew that Saudi Arabia is a team with good players, that they move the ball well and that they push [defensive] Too many lines. We worked on it, but we did it a little too quickly. We have to go back to the basis of who we are. We have to think about what’s next.”
Argentina arrived in Qatar as the defending Copa America champions and – on the back of a 36-match unbeaten run – they would have equalized Italy as the national team went on the longest unbeaten run in history by avoiding defeat on Tuesday.
Coach Lionel Scaloni later admitted that the defeat was “difficult to absorb”, but issued a promise that his team would still qualify from Group C.
“He scored two goals in his only two shots on goal,” Scaloni said.
“We have to rise. It is a sad day today, but we need to keep our heads up and continue. We are hurt, but we need to turn things around and win our next games.”
“We continue to believe in the same way as before. This is in the World Cup, you can be infinitely better, and things don’t go your way.
“Losing is never good. We came into the World Cup on a good run, in the best possible way. We knew it would end eventually.
“Fortunately, we have two group games, and we are going to get it done.”