Beating Argentina like outsprinting Van Aert and van der Poel says World Cup coach

‘We were with Van der Poel, Van Aert and Pogačar and we still crossed the line before them’ says Saudi Arabia coach Hervé Renard

Wout van Aert
Hervé Renard likened his teams win to outsprinting Wout van Aert at a big classic
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“On paper they should beat them” is a phrase regularly heard in conversations about football.  As people gathered around televisions in their homes as well as pubs, cafes and bars world wide to watch Argentina play Saudi Arabia in the FIFA World Cup it will no doubt have entered conversations once more.

A team containing superstars such as Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Julian Alvarez would “on paper” surely beat Saudi Arabia's line-up of Hattan Bahebri, Saleh Al-Shehri and Riyadh Sharahili?

Apparently not, as the Saudi’s ran out 2-1 winners in the biggest upset of the competition so far. 

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