Footage has emerged of Herve Renard’s team chat at half-time just before his Saudi Arabia side pulled off one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history by beating Argentina.
Renard’s side went into the break after falling behind after just ten minutes of play after Lionel Messi scored his seventh goal of the World Cup with an early penalty.
Although some coaches might try to consolidate at the break, especially when facing such a heavily favored side, Renard instead opts to go on the offensive and blast his players for their performance.
In a particularly fiery moment, the 54-year-old coach asks his players if they just want to ‘take a picture with Lionel Messi’ and asks if his side think they’re capable of getting back into the game.
As Renard’s impassioned speech was simultaneously translated into Arabic by one of his staff, he concluded by reminding his players of the stakes of the competition and imploring them to “do everything” to achieve victory.
Moments after Renard’s team chat ended, his side seemed to come back onto the pitch with a renewed awareness of the importance of the game.
Just three minutes into play, Saleh Alshehri deflected his shot past Emiliano Martinez into Argentina’s goal to level the underdog.
Then, after 53 minutes, Salem Aldawsari scored one of the finest goals in the history of the competition to give his revived side an unlikely lead.
Argentina maintained their control of the ball for much of the rest of the second half, but Renard’s team remained determined, defending solidly and maintaining their lead to claim the highly unlikely victory.