Saudi Arabia scored actually one of many largest World Cup upsets ever by beating Lionel Messi’s Argentina 2-1 on Tuesday.
Messi’s quest to win the one important title to elude him bought off to a stunning start and launched again reminiscences of Cameroon’s 1-zero win over an Argentina workforce led by Diego Maradona inside the opening recreation of the 1990 World Cup.
targets by Saleh Alshehri and Salem Aldawsari in a 5-minute span inside the second half gave the Saudis the win. Argentina took an early lead with a tenth-minute penalty by Messi.
The Argentina loss rivals completely different World Cup upsets like Senegal’s 1-zero win over titleholder France inside the 2002 event opener and the usa beating England by the identical rating in 1950.
Undefeated streak ends
Argentina’s 36-match unbeaten run ended on the Lusail Stadium in Messi’s fifth —and sure final— World Cup.
The Paris Saint-Germain star shook arms with a Saudi teaching workers member after the final whistle and stood collectively with his arms on his hips shut to the centre circle, an all-too acquainted scene for in all probability the best gamers ever who’s but to win the largest prize in soccer.
The unlikely victory was sealed by a somersault by Aldawsari, who launched down a extreme ball simply contained in the penalty space, turned one defender, jinked previous one other and drove a strong shot previous goalkeeper Emi Martinez, who bought a hand on the ball however may not preserve it out of the on-line inside the 53rd.
A surprised Messi watched as scores of inexperienced-clad followers from Saudi Arabia, Qatar’s neighbour, celebrated in disbelief inside the stands. Saudi Arabia’s substitutes stormed the sphere.
Messi put Argentina forward from the penalty spot after the video assistant referee informed the referee to try a jersey seize by Saud Abdulhamid on Argentina midfielder Leandro Paredes.
With Saudi Arabia’s first shot in aim, Saleh Alshehri found the underside nook with an angled finish by way of the legs of defender Cristian Romero.