Rafael Nadal Backs Lionel Messi and Argentina to Bounce Back From Calamitous 2022 FIFA World Cup Loss

Rafael Nadal Backs Lionel Messi and Argentina to Bounce Back From Calamitous 2022 FIFA World Cup Loss

  • Rafael Nadal has backed Argentina to turn things around after their demoralizing defeat to Saudi Arabia in their 2022 FIFA World Cup opener
  • Saudi Arabia stunned the football world after they earned a shock win against a Lionel Messi led Argentina 2-1 in Group C
  • The loss against Saudi Arabia ended Argentina’s 36-game unbeaten run and Lionel Scaloni’s men will now seek to bounce back in their next game

Rafael Nadal is not too bothered about Argentina’s shock loss to Saudi Arabia after La Albiceleste had their 36-game unbeaten record ended in their first World Cup match.

Harve Renard’s team pull off one of the biggest upsets at the World Cup after they defeated Argentina 2-1 in the opening game in Group C.

Rafael Nadal, Argentina, 2022 FIFA World Cup, Lionel Messi, Saudi Arabia
Rafael Nadal is not giving up on Argentina's chances of winning the World Cup despite their shock defeat to Argentina. Photo by Visionhaus
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According to Sportskeeda, Nadal believes Argentina will turn their World Cup fortunes around with their remaining two games in the group stages.

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“I’m not one for extremes, neither too much euphoria nor too much catastrophe. The world hasn’t changed... They simply lost a game and there are two to go. The least they deserve is confidence and respect."

Argentina who are bottom of Group C with zero points, will next tackle Mexico on Saturday, November 26 before their final game against Poland on November 30.

Argentina and Mexico fans clash in Qatar

Meanwhile, fans of both Argentina and Mexico had a violent encounter in Qatar, three days before both nations meet in a crucial second group game at the Lusail Stadium, Marca reports.

According to a video circulating on social networks, fans of both teams fought, leaving some injured while there was no police presence on the ground.

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Messi makes incredible World Cup record

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Lionel Messi recorded his name in the history books on November 22, becoming the first Argentine to score at 4 different World Cup tournaments.

The former Barcelona captain achieved this feat when he scored against Saudi Arabia, in the opening Group C game at the ongoing Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Going into this game, there were serious concerns about the fitness of Messi, but the seven-time Ballon d'Or eventually made the starting lineup and scored.

Source: SportsBrief.com