FIFA 2022 World Cup: Argentina were dumped out by underdogs Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia pull off one of the biggest shocks in the history of the World Cup as they came from behind to stun World Cup favorites, Argentina


Saw the opening match of Group C Saudi Arabia pulled off one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history as they came from behind to shock World Cup favourites, Argentina, winning 2-1 at the Lusail Iconic Stadium.

In the first half, Lionel Messi scored a penalty for his side to put them in the lead and Argentina there were three goals disallowed for offside. The Green Falcons came from behind to win the game to make a statement and fancy their chances of promotion. Saleh Al-Shehri leveled the score with a low effort and Salem Al Dawsari fired them ahead to seal the win.

Saudi Arabia, ranked 51st in the world, ended Argentina’s 36-match unbeaten run, which also saw them win the 2021 Copa America. Argentina has something to do to qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup because they still have Mexico and Poland to play.

Reaction: “It hurts a lot. We have great hopes of starting the World Cup with a win. We lost the game because of our mistakes, more than anything else in the second half,” Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez told reporters after the match.

“There is details that makes the difference and we need to correct the mistakes. In the first half, we should have scored more than one goal, but this is a World Cup and now we have two finals left. he added.

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Argentina fans tried to find solace in their loss by comparing their first match loss to Spain who also lost their first World Cup match against Switzerland and went on to win the 2010 World Cup.

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