Saudi boss says the stars aligned in shocking win over Argentina

Saudi Arabia boss Herve Renard felt the stars aligned for his side after they ‘made history’ in stunning World Cup victory over Argentina… as he urges his team ‘to keep their shoes on the floor’ with chance of reaching the next round

  • Saudi Arabia beat Argentina to pull off one of the World Cup’s greatest shocks
  • Herve Renard’s side came from behind to stun one of the tournament favourites
  • He said the stars aligned for Saudi Arabia in a ‘completely crazy’ victory
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Saudi Arabia head coach Herve Renard felt fate was on his team’s side as they pulled off one of the greatest shocks in World Cup history.

A stunning second half comeback, with goals from Salem Al-Dawsari and Saleh Al-Sheheri, cancelled out Lionel Messi’s opening penalty and enabled Saudi Arabia to beat Argentina 2-1 in the venue that has been chosen to host the World Cup final on December 18.

Renard, a Frenchman who once managed Cambridge United for five games in 2004 and who took Morocco to the 2018 World Cup, did his best to keep a lid on expectations but he felt Saudi Arabia had the extra hunger that enabled them to pull of this result.

Saudi Arabia produced one of the all-time World Cup shocks with a 2-1 victory over Argentina

Herve Renard says the stars were aligned for his side as they ‘made history’ on Tuesday

‘Sometimes the stars in the sky are on the same line,’ said Renard. 

‘This time it was for us. Do not forget Argentina, they are a fantastic team. They have amazing players but this football and sometimes things happen that are completely strange.

‘The first quality my players have when they are winning is that they are flying in the sky, so I think I will be on their shoulders all the time now and I will tell them to keep their shoes on the floor! 

‘We play Mexico next, the number 16 team in the world, then Poland with an amazing striker.

‘This was absolutely fantastic. We made history for Saudi football. This will stay with us forever but we also need to look forward. We have got two games and anything can happen. You can lose your first match and still become world champion.’

Argentina need to get themselves back on track to make sure they reach the Round of 16

He added: ‘During half-time, I was not happy because the pressure we were putting on them was not right. We changed that. This will be one for the record books. I know it is easy for me but let’s try to stay humble.’

Lionel Scaloni, once of West Ham and now in charge of Argentina, was notably – and understandably – deflated, saying: ‘We respected them. It was quite the contrary that we did not respect them. 

‘They are a good team and we need to win our next two games. We have to bounce back.’

Renard says he needs to keep his side’s shoes ‘on the floor’ ahead of two more difficult games

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