The Argentines were shocked and saddened by the loss to the Saudis in the World Cup

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Oscar Lopez has tears in his eyes as he washes the windows of the Buenos Aires building where he works as a supervisor.

The 67-year-old, an Argentine fan, was visibly upset when he reversed the national team’s bitter 2-1 defeat, which Saudi Arabia delivered on Monday at the World Cup in Qatar.

But Lopez said the preference for Argentina over the Saudis was no excuse.

“If they are in the World Cup, there is no easy team,” Lopez said. “You always have to be careful.”
Most of Argentina are up early to watch the 7am game and the long-awaited debut for Lionel Messi’s side. Many walked into bakeries in Buenos Aires in light blue and white shirts to get snacks.
Cheers were heard in the streets as the match kicked off. More noise followed when Messi scored early in the game, and the noise of air horns permeated the morning air.
But there was an eerie silence after that, as what was supposed to be an easy match turned into a challenge. Saudi Arabia scored twice in the second half and one of the World Cup favorites suffered one of its biggest upsets.
“The truth is, this is a disappointment, a huge disappointment,” said Alejandro Pintos, a 36-year-old locksmith who opened his shop later than usual to watch the game. “This was a match we had no choice but to win.”
Bentos said the national team was “very disorganised”—something he found particularly frustrating, given their 36-match unbeaten streak prior to the tournament.
And local media quoted Messi as saying that he was shocked, just like the fans, about the development of things.
“It’s a very powerful blow,” said Messi. “We didn’t expect it to start this way.”
Other fans took to social media to complain that three potential Argentina goals were ruled out for offside.
Argentines were counting on the World Cup to give a glimmer of hope to a country that has been in economic stagnation for years, suffers from an inflation rate close to 100% and where nearly four in 10 live in poverty.
“I am really bitter,” said Josefina Lesira, a 27-year-old social worker, as she waited to catch the bus to work. “I was really sure we were going to win, and it was a big surprise.”
Susana Leguizamon, 55, got up early, donned the blue and white striped Argentina jersey and was ready to celebrate.
“I was very, very, very surprised,” she said. “The truth is, we underestimated our competitor.”
But Santiago Babaro, 40, said he was not too shocked by the loss.
The retailer said: “The same thing always happens to Argentina. We say, ‘This is an easy game, we can win it easy’, and then, Bam! They put us in. We always think we’re more than we are.”
Sebastien Fabre said he woke up feeling uncomfortable and worried about what he said was overconfidence by Argentina fans.

“There was a lot of unfounded optimism. I didn’t want to say anything but I think we were all overconfident.”
Leguizamon, who walked to her job at a restaurant still in her Argentinian T-shirt, said she could sense the suffering of those around her.
“Everyone is so sad, so sad,” she said. “We all woke up with a lot of hope.”
Some fans saw a ray of hope in the early adversity of the tournament. Argentina will next play Mexico on Saturday in the second Group C match.
“Really, it’s better if it happens in the first game than in the quarter-finals,” Faber said. “That’s the positive side of this.”
Leguizamón agreed.
“A flight is not a downfall, as we say here,” she said, using a common Argentine expression. “I’m a big fan of the national team and I’m in a really bad mood when they lose but my hope is still intact.”
The saddest part, said Florencia Fulgoso, a 21-year-old retail worker, “is going to work after watching a game we lost. You really start the day on the left foot.”

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