It only took until Matchday 3 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup for the first major shock of the group stage with Saudi Arabia stunning tournament contender Argentina.
Saudi Arabia moved to top of Group C following a 2-1 comeback victory over Argentina at Lusail Stadium. Salem Al-Dawsari and Saleh Al-Shehri scored four minutes apart in the second half while Saudi Arabian goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais made five saves in the win.
Argentina struck first in the 10th minute as Messi stepped up to the penalty spot and beat Al Owais for a 1-0 advantage. VAR ruled in favor of a penalty kick after Saudi Arabia right back Saud Abdulhamid fouled Leandro Paredes in the box.
Argentina came close to adding to its lead later in the half, but Lautaro Martinez’s finish was waved off by VAR. The Inter Milan striker was whistled for offsides, giving Saudi Arabia a lifeline as the match proceeded.
Saudi Arabia equalized four minutes into the second half as Al-Shehri danced past Cristian Romero and blasted a shot into the bottom-right corner. It was just the start for Saudi Arabia’s attack, which propelled themselves into the lead just for minutes later.
Salem Al-Dawsari cut into the box on his right foot before sending a curling shot past Emiliano Martinez. Martinez got a fingertip to the shot, but was unable to keep it out as Saudi Arabia celebrated a monumental lead.
Argentina tried its best to find a tying goal late but were unable to avoid a disastrous group stage start. Julian Alvarez’s stoppage-time effort was cleared off the line by Abdulelah Al Amri, sealing the victory for Herve Renard’s squad.
Saudi Arabia will next face Poland on Saturday while Argentina takes on Mexico.
Here is a closer look at all of Tuesday’s World Cup results:
Mexico 0, Poland 0
Mexico and Poland squared off on Tuesday aiming to take advantage of Argentina’s slip-up in Group C, but neither could find the back of the net in a…
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Author : Larry Henry Jr
Publish date : 2022-11-22 22:50:00
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