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Best World Cup matches: Saudi Arabia stuns Argentina and Messi in a historic surprise

Best World Cup matches: Saudi Arabia stuns Argentina and Messi in a historic surprise

The World Cup 2022 Tuesday continued with Argentina stunned by Kingdom Saudi ArabiaAnd the 2-1, achieving a 36-match unbeaten streak, which is the second longest streak in men’s international soccer history. Argentina would equal the record of 37 matches held by Italy with a win or a draw.

Saudi Arabia Stones Argentina | Full match highlights

This is the first loss for Argentina in the opening match of the World Cup since 1990, where they lost 1-0. Cameroon. For perspective, Argentina has appeared in every single World Cup in that period. Ironically, Argentina reached the final in 1990, only to lose to them Germany.

Argentina, who entered the opening game with the third shortest odds of winning the entire World Cup, now face an uphill battle to get out of Group C with massive matches against Mexico And the Poland looming in the coming days.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is the first AFC team to defeat Argentina in a World Cup match. This marks Saudi Arabia’s fourth ever World Cup finals win, improving their all-time record to 4-11-2 (WLD).

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Here are the top plays from Tuesday’s group stage.

Argentina versus Saudi Arabia

Second minute: very close to an early goal!

It took just over 100 seconds of the 2022 World Cup match for Lionel Messi to score his first shot on goal, but a fantastic one-handed save came from the Saudi Arabia keeper. Mohammed Al Owais I kept the game scoreless.

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Minute 10: Allow him to reintroduce himself

After Argentina were awarded a penalty after a VAR in the 10th minute, Messi stepped up and easily scored his first goal of the 2022 World Cup.

Lionel Messi scores a cross in the tenth minute for Argentina to advance 1-0 over Saudi Arabia

Lionel Messi scores a cross in the tenth minute for Argentina to advance 1-0 over Saudi Arabia

Argentine Lionel Messi scored a penalty kick in the 10th minute after Saudi Arabia’s Mohamed Kanu fouled.

The twenty-second minute: Messi almost scored again!

The Argentine star looked like he had pulled away from his second goal of the match, but was barely offside. The ruling was upheld in the video assistant referee.

Twenty-seventh minute: The last close misses

It left Argentina looking for their second goal after that Lautaro Martinez The result was also a narrow offside rule.

35th minute: Offside again

Argentina scored the back-netting four times in the first half, but Messi’s 10th-minute penalty remains the only actual score thanks to three goals nullified by offside calls.

Argentina scored seven times in total offside in the first half against Saudi Arabia

Argentina scored seven times in total offside in the first half against Saudi Arabia

Argentina have been caught offside a total of seven times, and canceled out three goals in the first half.

According to OptaAnalyst, Argentina have been caught offside seven times in this match already. It was the last team to have more in a World Cup match Holland against. Costa Rica in 2014 with 13 offside calls.

The 49th minute (the first half of extra time) is a big loss for the Saudis

Saudi Captain Salman Al-Faraj He went down with an apparent injury before half time. With the Saudis already under pressure thanks to Messi’s early goal, it could be a major blow to the underdog’s chances of pulling off an upset.

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Minute 48 (second half): Saudi Arabia restricts it!

Saudi Saleh Al-Shehri runs a beautiful ball to level the score by one goal and suddenly Argentina are on their heels.

Saudi Saleh Al-Shehri scores a goal against Argentina

Saudi Saleh Al-Shehri scores a goal against Argentina

Watch Saudi Saleh Al-Shehri score a goal against Argentina in the 48th minute in the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

Minute 53: Saudi Arabia leads!

The Saudis suddenly knocked on the door of one of the biggest surprises of the World Cup ever, after a laser from Salem Al-Dosari, to go up 2-1.

Saudi Salem Al-Dosari scores a goal against Argentina in the 53rd minute World Cup 2022

Saudi Salem Al-Dosari scores a goal against Argentina in the 53rd minute  World Cup 2022

Watch the Saudi Salem Al-Dosari score a goal against Argentina in the 53rd minute in the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

The 63rd minute: A great block keeps the Saudis ahead

Another superb save from Mohammed Al Owais kept Saudi Arabia ahead as Argentina pushed for an equalizer.

83rd minute: Messi almost missed

Argentina still looked forward to achieving an equalizer and avoiding a catastrophic surprise, but Messi’s free kick went over the crossbar and headed it two minutes later, which was saved by Al Owais.

92nd minute: mad save

The Saudi defense line’s incredible saves keep them ahead as Argentina continue to press for a goal:

Minute 101: Another Saudi saves the surprise!

Al Owais delivered another stunning jump save, helping Saudi Arabia pull off one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history over Argentina.

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