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WHAT AM I DOING HERE?

Earlier than pulling off what was arguably the largest upset in World Cup historical past, Saudi Arabia coach Herve Renard delivered an explosive and provoking half-time speech that turned the tide of the match for him.

Renard’s match deciding spray – which resulted in a victory that sparked wild celebrations each inside Lusail Stadium and throughout Saudi Arabia, the place King Salman has declared a public vacation – was launched by the Saudi nationwide group as a part of a behind the scenes have a look at their opening sport.

Footage exhibits an agitated Renard speaking to his gamers at half-time – by which level they had been 1-0 down, after an early Lionel Messi penalty, and had been an outrageous 500-1 shot with on-line bookmakers .

Talking via a translator, Renard tears up his gamers in an emotional plea to overturn the half-time deficit as he accuses his gamers of sitting again and letting Messi, arguably the best participant in historical past, dictate the phrases.

“What are we doing right here?” begins the skilled French supervisor.

“Final time Messi has the ball in the course of the pitch, you keep in entrance of the defence!

“Decide up your telephone, you possibly can take an image with him if you would like!”

Throughout the first 45 minutes, Saudi Arabia fell behind and failed to fret Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

And that wasn’t sufficient for Renard, who questioned if his group actually believed they may mount a comeback.

“Do not you are feeling one thing right here? Do not you are feeling that we’re in a position to return? Cannot you hear it?” Hey livid.

“They play relaxed. Come on guys, that is the World Cup. give all of it!”

It labored. In a heady five-minute spell the underdogs scored twice, first via Saleh Al-Shehri earlier than a powerful strike from Salem al-Dawsari gave them a 2-1 lead they’d by no means surrender.

Victory places Saudi Arabia within the stands to qualify from Group C, whereas Argentina’s path is rather more treacherous.

Initially printed as World Cup: The Speech That Impressed Saudi Arabia’s Upending of Argentina