Saudi Arabia pulled off one of the biggest shocks of the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Lionel Messi’s Argentina. Argentina put 4 goals but 3 times was offside: unlucky.
KSA Goal keeper done a great job saved two confirmed goals.
Saudi Arabia sealed one of the World Cup’s biggest upset with a 2-1 win over Argentina’s Lionel Messi at Qatar’s Lusail Stadium.
Messi’s quest for the only major title he has so far avoided started with a bang on Tuesday, bringing back memories of Cameroon’s 1-0 win over Diego Maradona’s Argentina in their 1990 World Cup opener.
Messi converted the penalty to put Argentina ahead in the 10th minute. But goals from Saleh Alshehri and Salem Aldawsari within five minutes of the second half gave the Saudis the biggest victory yet.
It also rivaled shock results like Senegal’s 1-0 tournament opener in 2002 against defending champions France and the United States, who beat England in 1950 in the same result.
Messi scored the early goal but Saudi Arabia responded with a swift attack.
Messi put Argentina ahead from the penalty spot after the video assistant referee instructed the referee to see the grip of Saud Abdulhamid’s jersey against Paredes.
Saudi Arabia had no shots on target in the first half and looked to be conceding more, playing high, which saw Argentina fall behind the Saudi defense easily.
The equalizer in the 48th minute came from Saudi Arabia’s first goal attempt, when Alshehri hit the far corner with a corner shot that went past defender Christian Romero and past goalkeeper Emmy Martinez.
Goalkeeper Mohamed Alovais made two key late saves to salvage the win.
Argentina meets Mexico in the second Group C match on Saturday.