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16th Jun 2018

Willy Caballero confuses viewers during Argentina’s national anthem

Nope. No idea either.

Simon Lloyd

Nope. No idea either

Willy Caballero was given his World Cup debut on Saturday. The 36-year-old only made his debut for Argentina earlier this year, and with Sergio Romero missing the tournament through injury, was named in goal for their opening game against Iceland in Moscow.

It didn’t take the Chelsea goalkeeper long to be a talking point – before a ball had even been kicked, for that matter…

With Argentina’s players belting out their national anthem, one of the cameras scanned across their faces as usually happens prior to a big international game.

While their outfield players stood square-on to near touchline, Caballero turned himself away to his right, confusing many of those watching on TV.

Never a good sign when a goalkeeper is struggling with their positioning before a game’s even kicked off.

As you might expect, some put theories forward as to why Caballero adopted a different stance.

Some claimed he was merely facing his country’s national flag in an extra show of patriotism

Elsewhere, it was suggested it was some form of protest

Others using it as an opportunity to make a joke as Loris Karius’ expense

For now, we’re none the wiser…

Argentina took a lead in the first-half courtesy of Caballero’s former Manchester City teammate, Sergio Aguero. Their lead didn’t last long, however. Alfreð Finnbogason capitalised on some shoddy defending from Argentina to draw Iceland level minutes later.