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The loss in the World Cup raises doubts about the fitness of Argentina

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DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Unfortunately for Argentina fans, it wasn’t just a bad dream. Indeed, their team lost 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in one of the biggest shocks in the 92-year history of the World Cup.

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Now the pressure is on Lionel Messi and Argentina, who cannot afford to lose their next game against Mexico on Saturday if they want to keep their World Cup hopes alive.

“It is time for us to unite and turn the page and not think about what happened,” Messi said after the humiliating defeat against Saudi Arabia, the second lowest team in the tournament. “Take reflections, take positives to improve what we did wrong and think about Mexico. We’ve always said we want to win every game and now more than ever.”

So much for Argentina who arrived in Qatar in perfect condition to win their third World Cup, having won last year’s Copa America and going 36 matches unbeaten. Now there are doubts popping up everywhere. Are the key players fit enough? Does Lionel Scaloni – Argentina’s episodic coach – have the experience to handle the pressures of the World Cup? And can Messi, now 35, carry Argentina to football’s only prize to elude him?

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