Footage emerges of Saudi Arabia manager Herve Renard’s incredible half-time chat against Argentina that inspired his incredible second-half comeback, as he asks his team if they just ‘want to take a picture’ with Lionel Messi!
Footage emerged of Herve Renard’s team talk at half time moments before his Saudi Arabia team secured one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history by defeating Argentina.
Renard’s team came to half-time after ten minutes of play after Lionel Messi scored his seventh goal in the World Cup final from an early penalty.
Although some coaches may look to consolidate during the interval, especially when facing such a favored team, Renard opts to go on the offensive, criticizing his players for their performance.
Herve Renard criticized his Saudi Arabian team for their first half performance against Argentina
The Frenchman’s team reached the break with a goal difference after an early penalty from Lionel Messi
Throughout his speech, the veteran coach asked to remind his players of the importance of the competition
In a particularly heated moment, the 54-year-old asks his players if they just want to ‘take a picture with Lionel Messi’ and questions whether his team believed they were capable of getting back in the game.
As Renard’s impassioned prayer was translated into Arabic at the same time by a member of his staff, he concluded by reminding his players of the stakes in the competition and imploring them to “give it their all” in pursuit of victory.
Moments after the end of Renard’s team talk, his team seemed to return to the field with a renewed sense of the importance of the match.
Just three minutes after play resumed, Saleh Alshehri drove his shot past Emiliano Martinez into the Argentina goal to level the underdogs.
After the break, Saudi Arabia scored twice to secure one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history.
The 54-year-old remained in high spirits during his team’s improbable victory.
Then, after 53 minutes of play, Salem Aldawsari converted one of the greatest goals in the competition’s history to give his reinvigorated side an unlikely lead.
Argentina continued to dominate the ball for much of the remainder of the second half, but Renard’s side held their ground, defending solidly and maintaining their lead to secure the most unlikely of victories.