World illusion: this is how Argentina will form against Saudi Arabia in its debut in Qatar 2022

World illusion: this is how Argentina will form against Saudi Arabia in its debut in Qatar 2022

AFP // Flag in Qatar before the debut

Argentina will face its first match in the World Cup in Qatar this Tuesday against Saudi Arabia, which it arrived as one of the favorites due to its status as champion of America and the longest undefeated period in its history.

The Lusail stadium, venue for the final on December 18, will receive 80,000 spectators for the debut of the team led by Lionel Messi in Group C, which will take place from 7 a.m. (1 p.m. local time) with the refereeing of the Slovenian Slavko Vincic and transmission of Public TV, TyC Sports and DSports.

Messi, 35, will be established as the first Argentine soccer player to play five World Cups after appearing consecutively in Germany 2006, South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018.

In this way, he will join the select group made up of the Mexicans Antonio Carabajal and Rafael Márquez, the German Lottar Matthäus and the Italian Gianluigi Buffón, and to which will be added in this same edition the Aztecs Guillermo Ochoa and Andrés Guardado and the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo .

The Argentine star will break the record for World Cup appearances in the team on Wednesday the 30th against Poland if they play the three games of the first phase. For now, this Tuesday he will equal Javier Mascherano with 20 games and will be only one behind Diego Maradona.

The debut of the Paris Saint-Germain footballer just against Saudi Arabia, a neighboring country of Qatar, of great economic power and where “Lío” arouses admiration, made this match one of the most sought after in the different phases of ticket sales .

Argentina will face the Saudis for the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup and in the event of a win or draw, it will equal the unbeaten record of a national team in the entire history of football, which belongs to Italy (2018-2021). ) under the leadership of Roberto Mancini, with 37 matches.

La Scaloneta, winner of the Italian team in the Finalíssima last June in London, lost for the last time to Brazil on July 2, 2019 for the Copa América and since then they have chained 25 wins and 11 draws that have allowed them to win two titles after a 28 year drought.

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HOW IT WILL SHAPE ARGENTINA

Lionel Scaloni has already communicated this to the players, but he did not make it public at the press conference he gave prior to the debut of the Argentine team against Saudi Arabia at the Lusail stadium, for the opening of Group C of the Qatar 2022 World Cup The Pujato strategist knows that the first rival is presented as the most accessible of the first phase, but at the same time carries the extra load of the presentation. For this, he planned a vertical starting eleven with a defensive order to avoid any surprises.

Despite the fact that the technician did not finally confirm it, the eleven would be with I drew Martinez; Molina, Cuti Romero, Otamendi and Tagliafico; Di Maria, De Paul, Paredes and Papu Gomez; Messi and Lautaro Martinez. In this way, the two changes on the fly were those of Nicolás Tagliafico for Acuña (the Sevilla winger had an advantage) and the entry of Alejandro Papu Gómez for Mac Allister.

It should be remembered that the former Arsenal de Sarandí and San Lorenzo player joined the concentration with a blow to one of his knees, but his recovery was remarkable. And his presence will be guaranteed along with Rodrigo De Paul and Leandro Paredes in midfield.

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