Known as the “Green Falcons”, the Saudi Arabian team sent shockwaves through the football world when they beat Lionel Messi’s Argentina 2-1 in their Group C opener. The match was so special that a three-day holiday was declared in Saudi Arabia.
But if you thought the festivities ended there, you might have to reconsider, as the Saudi crown prince and prime minister of the country, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, announced the gift of a RM6 Rolls Royce Phantom to each of his players on their return back to home.
The ultra luxury car we are talking about costs around €500,000, but when you look at its specs, it has a V12 engine with 48 valves and a direct gasoline injection. The car is so strong that it has the potential to generate up to 460HP of power and 720 NM of torque which is max.
Next up against whom the Saudi team will play on Saturday will be Poland and if they manage to win this game, they will definitely enter the round of 16. See what Saudi team coach Hervé Renard has to say before this important match and after the win against Argentina.
“Nothing has changed. We are still the lowest team in the group in terms of ranking and experience. So nothing changes in our mind or the favourites for the World Cup.”
He further added by saying,
“We know where we come from and we keep our humility because if we don’t have the humility we won’t be able to play a good game tomorrow,”
But as every great sport or thing requires some kind of sacrifice or price, so did the Saudi team in the form of his teammate Yasser Al Shahrani, who was injured during the match against Argentina and had to undergo surgery after the match.
The match was held at the Al Lusail Stadium and resulted in a historic moment when Salem Al-Dawsari’s superb solo effort helped the Saudis secure a 2–1 victory over Argentina. You will be shocked to know that the result of the game ended Argentina’s 36 match unbeaten streak and Saudi became the team to make that change.
Lionel Messi’s teammate Lautaro Martinez has admitted clinical errors caused them to lose the game and that needs to be fixed.
“This hurts a lot. We were dreaming of starting the World Cup with a win,”
“But it’s happened and now we have to train and think forward. We lost this game because of our own mistakes, most of all in the second half. There are details that make a difference and we need to correct our mistakes.”