Within the first huge upset of the 2022 World Cup, Saudi Arabia beat Argentina 2-1.
Saudi Arabia shocked Argentina with two second-half objectives to beat one of many pre-tournament favourites of their opening World Cup match on Tuesday, marking the primary upset of the 2022 version of the game’s largest occasion.
All of it gave the impression to be going to plan for Argentina after their talisman and captain Lionel Messi slotted in a penalty after 10 minutes.
But whereas totally dominating the primary half, Argentina didn’t capitalise on their superior possession and strayed offside seven occasions. In addition they had a Lautaro Martinez purpose dominated out for a marginal offside.
Nonetheless, within the second half, a reinvigorated Saudi staff took the sphere with an intent that they’d been beforehand lacking. Saleh al-Shehri opened the scoring within the 48th minute after latching onto a protracted ball and guiding it by means of Argentinian goalkeeper Damián Martinez’s legs.
If that equaliser surprised Argentina — and its followers who turned quiet — extra was to comply with. 5 minutes later, Salem al-Dawsari curled in a magnificence to provide Saudi Arabia the lead.
Argentina utilized late strain however a string of superb saves from the Saudi keeper, Mohammed al-Owais, stored the scoreline within the favour of the underdogs, who got here out on high with an historic win.