Lionel Messi is stunned by Saudi Arabia at the FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup, ARG vs KSA: In one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history, Saudi Arabia stunned Lionel Messi’s Argentina on Tuesday by defeating the two-time champions 2-1.
Many had anticipated that the third-placed South American team, which had been unbeaten for three years and was considered one of the favorites to win the competition, would easily defeat its opponent, who was ranked 48 spots lower in the world rankings.
Messi, one of the greatest players in history, was the subject of all pre-game discussion because he is participating in what is probably his final World Cup. The captain of Argentina gave his team an early advantage with a penalty kick, but two goals in the second half from Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al Dawsari changed the course of the match.
As they celebrated their unexpected victory, the thousands of Saudi fans inside the Lusail Stadium couldn’t believe what they were seeing.
For the majority of the game, a comeback like this didn’t seem even remotely possible. After taking the lead, Argentina dominated the game, but whatever Saudi manager Hervé Renard said at halftime was effective. His team came out with renewed confidence and competed head-to-head with Argentina’s elite squad.
On Saturday, Argentina will play Mexico in the final group game while Saudi Arabia plays Poland.