Shock, disbelief and sadness – Argentinians sombre after Saudi Arabia shock

It was barely past 9am and Argentinians everywhere were emerging from being glued to their TV screens, squinting into the bright morning sun, many wondering out loud if they had just woken up from a nightmare. In fact, it was their dream of winning the World Cup that had just been given a merciless reality check.

“We lost the match because of our own mistakes, especially in the second half,” a visibly shaken but remarkably composed Lautaro Martínez told the cameras pitch-side immediately after the final whistle.

It had been more than 100 minutes of one of the most unexpected dramas in World Cup history. The heavily hyped favourites, Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, lost to Saudi Arabia (ranked last but one in the competition) having gone 1-0 up. “There were [small] details that made the difference and we need to work on those and correct those errors,” Martínez added.

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This article was written by Marcela Mora y Araujo in Buenos Aires and originally published on www.theguardian.com