Saudi Arabia stars were inspired to ‘eat the GRASS’ after ‘crazy’ manager’s World Cup half-time team talk vs Argentina

    SAUDI ARABIA players wanted to “eat the grass” after an inspirational half-time team talk in their stunning win over Argentina.

    The World Cup minnows had a mountain to climb as they trailed their illustrious opponents at the break after Lionel Messi’s penalty.

    Abdulelah Al-Malki has credited the win over Argentina to manager Herve Renard's motivational team talk

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    Abdulelah Al-Malki has credited the win over Argentina to manager Herve Renard’s motivational team talkCredit: Getty
    Renard convinced the players to leave everything on the pitch

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    Renard convinced the players to leave everything on the pitchCredit: AFP

    And it could have been worse for the Saudi’s in Qatar as Argentina had three goals ruled out for narrow offsides in the first half too.

    However, manager Herve Renard‘s team talk did the trick as second half as goals from Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al-Dawsari earned their side a surprising win.

    The victory for the Saudis has since been hailed as the biggest shock in World Cup history.

    And Abdulelah Al-Malki has put the comeback down to the manager’s words, revealing they made players want to run themselves into the ground.

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    He told Alkass Sports channel: “We have a crazy coach.

    “He motivated us during half-time, telling us stuff that made us want to east the grass.”

    “Before the game, in the pre-game talk with the coach, I swear to God I was crying.

    “He motivated us to the extent that we couldn’t wait for the game to begin.”

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    Renard has hailed the victory and suggested that it will go down in the team’s history “forever”.

    He said: “We made history for Saudi football, it will stay forever.

    “That is the most important thing. But we have to look forward — we have two difficult games for us ahead.”

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