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Renard Urges Saudi Players to be Remembered 'Forever'

Renard Urges Saudi Players to be Remembered 'Forever'

Wednesday, 30 November, 2022 - 07:15
Coach Herve Renard. Photo: Bashir Saleh

Coach Herve Renard called Tuesday on his Saudi Arabia players to ensure they leave their mark on the World Cup in Qatar and are remembered "forever."

Frenchman Renard's rousing half-time team talk in Saudi Arabia's shock come-from-behind victory over Argentina has gone down in legend.

A short clip of Renard when trailing 1-0 at half-time to a Lionel Messi penalty -- they bounced back to win 2-1 -- proved a viral hit.

He admitted that his team talks don't always have such a dramatic effect.

"I accepted for the communications department to record one minute (at half-time) so this day I was lucky because it worked," Renard said at a press conference before Saudi Arabia play Mexico in their final group game. 

Given that his team's comeback was against one of the world's greatest ever players in Messi, "there is a big impact, it will stay forever," Renard said. "At least some people will remember me."

Having beaten Argentina but then lost to Poland, Saudi Arabia need to beat Mexico on Wednesday in their final Group C match to guarantee a place in the knock-out rounds.

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