Football

WORLD CUP 2022: Saudi Arabia stun Argentina in spirited comeback to claim shocking win

Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina came into the tournament among the favourites, on the back of a 36-game unbeaten run that included winning the 2021 Copa America.

Saudi Arabia players celebrate one of their goals in their emphatic 2-1 win over Argentina in Doha, Qatar on Tuesday afternoon

GROUP C RESULT: FULL-TIME! Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia, Messi (10′ pen), Al Shehri (48′), Al Dawsari (53′)

DOHA, QATAR: Saudi Arabia beat Argentina to record one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history with a 2-1 win over Lionel Messi’s side thanks to a scintillating second-half comeback.

On his fifth and final quest for the only major trophy to elude him, the 35-year-old Messi scored a 10th-minute penalty in a dominant first-half display where he and Lautaro Martinez also had three goals disallowed for offside.

But Saudi Arabia, the second-lowest ranked team in the tournament after Ghana, threw caution to the wind at the start of the second half, charging at Argentina’s defence in front of a frenzied 88,012 crowd.

Saleh Al-Shehri squeezed in a low shot in the 48th minute while Salem Al-Dawsari curled in a scorching strike from the edge of the penalty area in the 53rd minute to leave Argentina and Messi looking utterly shell-shocked in the Group C opener.

Saudi Arabia players celebrate their 2-1 win over Argentina at full-time in Doha, Qatar on Tuesday afternoon

Despite plenty of possession after that, Argentina were unable to beat Saudi Arabia, who were competing in their sixth World Cup but had never previously won an opening game.

- Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading. -

Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina came into the tournament among the favourites, on the back of a 36-game unbeaten run that included winning the 2021 Copa America.

They now have it all to do to keep alive their hopes of a first global triumph since 1986 and give Messi a fitting ending to what is very likely his World Cup swansong.

- Advertisement. -

They face Mexico on Saturday, while Saudi Arabia take on Poland.

Do you have a story or an opinion to share? Email us on: dailyexpressug@gmail.com Or follow the Daily Express on or for the latest updates.



[post-views]
Comments

Daily Express is Uganda's number one source for breaking news, National news, policy analytical stories, e-buzz, sports, and general news.

We resent fake stories in all our published stories, and are driven by our tagline of being Accurate, Fast & Reliable.

Copyright © 2024 Daily Express Uganda. A Subsidiary of Rabiu Express Media Group Ltd.

To Top
Translate »