Argentina is stunned by Saudi Arabia’s 2-1 World Cup comeback victory


Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over Argentina’s Lionel Messi team by unheralded Saudi Arabia was one of the biggest World Cup surprises ever.

In the 10th minute of his sixth and last try to win the one major championship that has escaped him, Messi, 35, scored a penalty after a dominant first half in which he and Lautaro Martinez had had three goals disallowed for offside.

The tournament’s second-lowest-ranked team, Saudi Arabia, though, threw caution to the wind and surged at Argentina’s defense at the opening of the second half in front of an energized 88,012 fans.

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In the 53rd minute, Salem Al-Dawsari curled in a fierce shot from the edge of the penalty box. Argentina and Messi were absolutely shell-shocked in the Group C opening. In the 48th minute, Saleh Al-Shehri managed to sneak in a low shot.

Argentina was unable to dismantle Saudi Arabia after they had a lot of possession. Despite participating in their sixth World Cup, Saudi Arabia have never won the first game.

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What was the reaction of the Argentine players?

The striker Martinez. said that

“This hurts a lot. We were dreaming of starting the World Cup with a win, But it’s happened and now we have to train and think forward.”

He added:

“We lost this game because of our own mistakes, most of all in the second half. There are details that make a difference and we need to correct our mistakes.”

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Argentina’s most recent loss was against Brazil in the Copa America quarterfinals in July 2019. According to FIFA, they are ranked third, 48 ranks ahead of Saudi Arabia. Argentina last suffered a World Cup opening-round defeat to Cameroon in 1990.

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