DOHA : Lionel Messi's Argentina must put aside injured pride after a shock defeat by Saudi Arabia and summon the fighting spirit of their similarly-bruised 1990 predecessors if they want to bring home the World Cup for a third time.
Messi's fifth and final attempt to match Diego Maradona's immortality among Argentinians by winning football's greatest prize could not have started worse, with Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to the Saudis one of the tournament's biggest upsets.
Yet he and his disconsolate team might take heart from 32 years ago when Argentina began the World Cup in Italy with a shock loss to Cameroon but still went on to reach the final."Can we still win it?
Of course," said former Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta, citing the 1990 run, although the South Americans were to lose that final to West Germany."There is still a long way to go."Argentina's players looked traumatised as they trudged off the Lusail Stadium pitch on Monday after losing their 36-game unbeaten run while the Saudis celebrated around them.Read more on channelnewsasia.com