Herve Renard hails historic Saudi Arabia win over Argentina

6 days ago

Saudi Araba manager Herve Renard has hailed his players for creating 'history' by beating Argentina on Tuesday.

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The 51st-ranked team in the world were huge underdogs in their clash with Argentina - one of the favourites to win the tournament - in their Group C opener, but managed to come from behind to seal a famous 2-1 win.

Speaking after the game to beIN Sport, manager Renard said: “We did not play a very good first half. They were a bit bothered at half-time. I said to them: ‘that’s good, you played well in the first half.’ Then they went looking for the difference maker.

“This result will go down in the history of the World Cup and of Saudi Arabia forever. You never know where it is coming from. It comes from work, it comes from God. There are things in football that you cannot explain because Argentina is much better than us, but today the players made history for their country.”

Next up, Saudi Arabia will face off against Poland on Saturday before taking on Mexico in their final Group C game.

And despite the win over Argentina, Renard is keen not get ahead of himself in terms of round of 16 qualification: “As a coach, you know we still have two games against teams who have better FIFA rankings than us, so we have to stay focused.”

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