Saudi Arabia scores huge World Cup upset by beating Lionel Messi’s Argentina 2-1

Saudi Arabia scored one of many largest World Cup upsets ever by beating Lionel Messi’s Argentina 2-1 on Tuesday. Messi’s quest to win the one main title to elude him bought off to a stunning begin and introduced again recollections of Cameroon’s 1-0 win over an Argentina crew led by Diego Maradona within the opening recreation of the 1990 World Cup.

Goals by Saleh Alshehri and Salem Aldawsari in a five-minute span within the second half gave the Saudis the win. Argentina took an early lead with a Tenth-minute penalty by Messi.

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Saudi Arabia’s Salem Al-Dawsari is congratulated after scoring his aspect’s 2nd objective through the World Cup group C soccer match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia on the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022.

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The Argentina loss rivals different World Cup upsets like Senegal’s 1-0 win over titleholder France 1-0 within the 2002 match opener and the United States beating England by the identical rating in 1950.

Argentina’s 36-match unbeaten run ended on the Lusail Stadium in Messi’s fifth -and seemingly last- World Cup. The outcome stopped them from matching the earlier worldwide file of 37 video games unbeaten held by Italy, Reuters reported.

The Paris Saint-Germain star shook palms with a Saudi teaching employees member after the ultimate whistle and stood along with his palms on his hips close to the middle circle, an all-too acquainted scene for probably the greatest gamers ever who’s but to win the most important prize in soccer.

The unlikely victory was sealed by a somersault by Aldawsari, who introduced down a excessive ball simply contained in the penalty space, turned one defender, jinked previous one other and drove a robust shot previous goalkeeper Emi Martinez, who bought a hand on the ball however could not maintain out of the web within the 53rd.

A shocked Messi watched as scores of green-clad followers from Saudi Arabia, Qatar’s neighbor, celebrated in in disbelief within the stands. Saudi Arabia’s substitutes stormed the sphere.

Reuters reported that Saudi followers might be heard chanting: “Where is Messi? We beat him!”

Messi put Argentina forward from the penalty spot after the video assistant referee informed the referee to check out a jersey seize by Saud Abdulhamid on Argentina midfielder Leandro Paredes.

With Saudi Arabia’s first shot in objective, Saleh Alshehri discovered the underside nook with an angled end by way of the legs of defender Cristian Romero.

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