World Cup violence breaks out in Qatar streets as ‘Mexico and Argentina fans clash’ | Football | Sport

Violence reportedly broke out in the streets of Qatar on Wednesday night as fans of Argentina and Mexico clashed days before they meet in the World Cup. Video footage circulated of the skirmish which would be a blow to the local authorities, who had hoped to keep fans’ problems to a minimum during the tournament.

Group C did not form as expected as a shock result, leaving Argentina and Mexico deadlocked on their way to points. The Brazilian national team kicked things off with an unexpected 2-1 defeat against Saudi Arabia, which is one of the most surprising results in World Cup history.

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Argentina entered the tournament as one of the out-of-order favourites, Saudi Arabia, and the underdogs came from behind to seal a spirited victory after Lionel Messi’s opener from the penalty spot.

Meanwhile, the Polish national team, led by Robert Lewandowski, faced Mexico in a goalless draw with Poland. Only one point between the two countries in Latin America appeared to have escalated tensions as they clashed in Qatar before the two teams met on Saturday.

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Qatari organizers had hoped to keep violent confrontations to a minimum by severely restricting the sale of alcohol in and around World Cup stadiums. Fans can only buy alcohol at dedicated fan parks at high prices and limited units, leaving tournament sponsors Budweiser in a potential multimillion-dollar row with FIFA.

With the 35-year-old Messi in the midst of what could be his final attempt to lift the World Cup, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni issued a rallying cry to his 26-man squad after defeat by Saudi Arabia, knowing that no less. From two wins in the last two matches against Mexico and Poland.

“It’s hard to digest,” he admitted after the final whistle. “In four or five minutes they score two goals, two with two shots on goal. But we have to come back from this defeat and prepare for the next two games. We don’t have to analyze any more than that.”

“It’s a sad day, but as we always say: heads held high. We have to bounce back. There’s nothing we can do. If we had won, tomorrow we would also wake up and think about the game against Mexico and think about different aspects we can improve. It doesn’t change our analysis. [The players] They think about how to change things. It’s all about winning the next matches, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

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