Footage has emerged of Saudi Arabia boss Herve Renard’s incredible team talk against Argentina, which inspired their amazing second-half comeback – as he asks his team if they just want a ‘picture’ with Lionel Messi!
Footage has emerged of Hervé Renard’s half-time team talk just before his Saudi Arabian side secured one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history by beating Argentina.
Renard’s side went into half-time trailing just ten minutes into the game after Lionel Messi scored his seventh goal in the World Cup final with an early penalty.
While some managers may try to consolidate during the break, especially when facing such a heavily favored side, Renard opted to go on the offensive and berate his players for their performance.
Hervé Renard gave his team from Saudi Arabia a boost in their first half performance against Argentina
The Frenchman’s side went into half-time trailing by one goal after an early penalty from Lionel Messi
During his speech, the experienced coach reminded his players of the importance of the competition
In a particularly fiery moment, the 54-year-old manager asks his players if they just want to ‘take a picture with Lionel Messi’ and wonders if his team thought they were capable of getting back into the game .
When Renard’s impassioned speech was simultaneously translated into Arabic by a member of his staff, he decided to remind his players of the league’s commitment and beg them to ‘give it their all’ in pursuit of victory.
Moments after the end of Renard’s team talk, his team seemed to re-enter the field with a renewed sense of the meaning of the game.
Just three minutes after play resumed, Saleh Alshehri fired his shot past Emiliano Martinez into the Argentina goal to level the underdogs.
After the break, Saudi Arabia scored twice to secure one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history
The 54-year-old remained fully animated during his side’s improbable victory
After 53 minutes of play, Salem Aldawsari produced one of the finest goals in league history to give his revived side an improbable lead.
Argentina continued to dominate the ball for much of the remainder of the second half, but Renard’s team remained determined, defending solidly and maintaining their lead to secure the most unlikely of victories.