Lionel Messi has admitted Argentina have ‘no excuses’ after their 36-game unbeaten streak got here to an finish following a 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia got here from behind to assert a well-known 2-1 victory over the South American nation which was broadly seen as one of many large favorites to carry the trophy in Qatar subsequent month.
After the match, a surprised Messi mentioned it was a blow for everybody, in keeping with Argentina’s official Twitter account.
The Paris Saint-Germain celebrity mentioned: “We knew that (Saudi Arabia) are a workforce with good gamers, who transfer the ball nicely and who push the road so much. We’re engaged on it, however we’re accelerating a bit .
‘There aren’t any excuses. We will likely be extra united than ever. This group is powerful they usually have proven it.
“It is a scenario that we have not needed to undergo for a very long time. Now now we have to indicate that this can be a actual group.
“It is a very exhausting blow for everybody, we did not count on to start out like this. Issues occur for a cause. We’ve to organize for what’s to come back, now we have to win or win and it is as much as us.
“We’ve to get again to the fundamentals of who we’re. We’ve to consider what is going to occur.
Saudi Arabia secured their first World Cup victory since 1994, whereas ending Argentina’s 36-game unbeaten streak.