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Renard brings his magic touch to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia fans will long celebrate their team’s stunning victory over Argentina at the World Cup on Tuesday and their French coach Herve Renard could…

Saudi Arabia fans will long celebrate their team’s stunning victory over Argentina at the World Cup on Tuesday and their French coach Herve Renard could quickly become a national hero.

Saudi Arabia had never previously won their first match at a World Cup, suffering a humiliating 8-0 defeat by Germany in 2002 and a 5-0 loss to Russia in 2018.

They fell behind to an early Lionel Messi penalty against Argentina but inspired by a halftime team talk from Renard fought back to secure a famous 2-1 win over the twice world champions.