The Lionel Scaloni-led Argentinian team makes its World Cup debut on Tuesday at 7 a.m ART and 5 a.m EST; how did it do against the Arab team?

Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia
[Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia]

Argentina makes their debut in the Qatar 2022 World Cup against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday at the Lusail Stadium. The match will begin at 7:00 p.m. (Argentine time) and will be broadcast live on TyC Sports, Public TV, DeporTV, and DSports. It is the seventh time the Albiceleste team has met an Asian side in a World Cup, and the first time they have officially faced the Arab team.

The national squad has a winning record against the team now headed by Frenchman Hervé Renard. They met four times, all of which were friendly matches. Argentina won twice, and the other two games were drawn. Furthermore, the Albiceleste scored seven goals while conceding only three. The most recent encounter took place on November 14, 2012, at the King Fahd International Stadium in Arabia, and finished in a 0-0 tie.

The Argentine squad met Asian teams on 29 times (Saudi Arabia, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, India, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Japan, Qatar, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates), with a record of 22 victories, four draws, and three losses. He has 74 goals and 17 assists. The most recent instance occurred against the United Arab Emirates on the final Wednesday before the World Cup, when the squad managed by Lionel Scaloni won 5-0.

All matches between Argentina and Saudi Arabia

*The first match between the two was played on July 6, 1988 and ended with a 2-2 draw . It was played in the city of Adelaide, in Australia, and the two goals for the albiceleste team were converted by Hernán Díaz, while for the Arabs Díaz himself scored against, and Abdullah Majed.

*The second was played just ten days later at the Canberra Stadium in Australia and was a 2-0 victory for Argentina with goals from Diego Simeone and Oscar Dertycia.

*The third duel was on October 20, 1992 and was played at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh. Those led by Alfio Basile won 3-1 with goals from Leonardo Rodríguez, Claudio Caniggia and Diego Simeone. Saeed Ali Al-Owairan converted the discount goal for the locals.

*The last confrontation was on November 14, 2012 , also at the King Fahd Stadium. Said commitment finished 0-0.

Furthermore, there is a match between the two that is not recorded in history but is remembered. The AFA (Argentine Football Association) was invited to compete in the Games of the New Emerging Countries, which were held in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 1963. However, because the competition would take place from November 10 to 22, right before the finish of the local championship, the teams refused to hand up their players. The solution was strange, but straightforward. The country's soccer governing body agreed to forward the plan to the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), which accepted it with flying colors. The national squad defeated the Arab team 3-1 in that match.

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The squad practiced behind closed doors on Sunday at the University of Qatar, where they will focus until the end of their tournament participation, and Lionel Scaloni was said to be quite pleased with what was rehearsed. In this manner, and with everyone cooperating (even Lionel Messi, who had trained separately on Saturday to limit efforts), the configuration began to clear for the World Cup debut on Tuesday at the Lusail Stadium.

The following players are in the coach's plans for the debut: Emiliano Martnez, Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi, Marcos Acua; Rodrigo de Paul, Leandro Paredes, Alexis MacAllister; Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi, and Lautaro Martinez.
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