The FIFA World Cup 2022 continued on Tuesday with Argentina be stunned by Saudi Arabia, 2-1, ending a 36-game unbeaten streak, the second-longest such streak in international men’s football history. Argentina would have equaled Italy’s record of 37 games with a win or a draw.
Saudi Arabia STUNS Argentina | Full Match Highlights
This is Argentina’s first defeat in a World Cup opener since 1990, a 1-0 loss to Cameroon. For perspective, Argentina have appeared in every World Cup during this period. Ironically, Argentina ended up making it to the final in 1990, but lost to Germany.
Argentina, who entered their opener with the third-shortest odds to win the entire World Cup, now face an uphill battle to climb out of Group C with massive matches against Mexico and Poland taking place. looming in the coming days.
Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, are the first team from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to beat Argentina in a World Cup match. This is Saudi Arabia’s fourth World Cup victory in history, taking their all-time record to 4-11-2 (WLD).
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Here are the best games from Tuesday’s group stage.
Argentina v Saudi Arabia
2nd minute: So close to an early goal!
It took just over 100 seconds in total at the 2022 World Cup for Lionel Messi to register his first shot on goal, but a fine one-handed save from Saudi goalkeeper Muhammad Al-Owais kept the game scoreless.
10th minute: Allow him to reintroduce himself
After Argentina were awarded a penalty following a video review in the 10th minute, Messi stepped up and easily netted his first goal of the 2022 World Cup.
Lionel Messi scores a 10th-minute PK as Argentina take a 1-0 lead over Saudi Arabia
Argentina’s Lionel Messi scores a penalty in the 10th minute after Saudi Arabia’s Mohamed Kanno commits the foul.
22nd minute: Messi almost had another one!
The Argentine star looked to have a clean breakaway for his second goal of the match but was ruled barely offside. The decision was confirmed on VAR.
27th minute: Another near miss
Argentina were left in search of their second goal after that Lautaro Martinez score was also narrowly ruled offside.
35th minute: STILL offside
Argentina found the back of the net four times in the first half, but Messi’s 10th-minute penalty remains the only real score thanks to three goals being canceled out by offside calls.
Argentina were caught offside seven times in the first half against Saudi Arabia
Argentina were taken offside a total of seven times, disallowing three goals in the first half.
According to OptaAnalyst, Argentina have already been taken offside seven times in this match. The last team to have more in a World Cup match was the Netherlands against Costa Rica in 2014 with 13 offside calls.
49th minute (first half extra time): Big defeat for the Saudis
Saudi captain Salman Al Faraj suffered an apparent injury just before the end of the first half. With the Saudis already under pressure thanks to Messi’s opener, it could be a blow to the underdogs’ chances of pulling off the upset.
48th minute (2nd half): Saudi Arabia equalize!
Saudi Arabia’s Saleh Alshehri puts in a fine ball to level the score at one goal apiece and suddenly Argentina are right on their heels.
Saudi Arabia’s Saleh Al-Shehri scores a goal against Argentina
Watch Saudi Arabia’s Saleh Al-Shehri score a goal against Argentina in the 48th minute of the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.
53rd minute: Saudi Arabia takes the lead!
The Saudis suddenly knock on the door of one of the biggest World Cup upsets of all time after a Salem Aldawsari laser to go up 2-1.
Saudi Salem Al Dawsari scores a goal against Argentina in 53′ | FIFA World Cup 2022
Watch Salem Al Dawsari of Saudi Arabia score a goal against Argentina in the 53′ of the FIFA Men’s World Cup 2022.
63rd minute: Huge save keeps Saudis ahead
Another great save from Muhammad Al-Owais kept Saudi Arabia ahead as Argentina pushed to equalise.
83rd minute: almost missed for Messi
Argentina are still looking to level the score and avoid a catastrophic upset, but Messi’s free-kick went over the crossbar and his header two minutes later was saved by Al-Owais.
92nd minute: INSANE stop
An incredible save from Saudi Arabia’s back line keeps them ahead as Argentina continue to press for a goal:
101st minute: Another Saudi stop for the surprise!
Al-Owais pulled off another incredible save, helping Saudi Arabia pull off one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history against Argentina.
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