Saudi Arabia script history, stunning Argentina 2-1
In a World Cup stunner, Saudi Arabia shocked Argentina, the two-time World champions, 2-1 in the first upset in FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar, Saudi Gazette reports.
Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al-DawsarI scored for the Green Falcons in the second half of the match while the lone goal of Argentina was from a penalty kick, scored by Lionel Messi.
Saudi goalkeeper Mohammedb Al-Owais made a superb performance with many saves, and he led the Green Falcons in proving that they are the real world contender at the packed Lusail Stadium.
Al-Owais caught almost everything that came his way in the match and foiled numerous desperate attempts by Messi and his squad members to equalize the game in the last minutes.
Just minutes into the second half, Saudi Arabia scored a stunning equalizer through Saleh Al-Shehri.
Salem Al-Dawsari then doubled the lead for his side, courtesy of a brilliant solo goal. Earlier in the first half, Lionel Messi opened the scoring from the spot after VAR intervention saw Argentina earn a penalty against Saudi Arabia.
Both Messi and Lautaro Martinez have seen multiple goals being denied by offside flags. Credit to Saudi Arabia for not letting the game go out of their hands at half-time, with Argentina being 1-0 up at the break.
Argentina will rue those several disallowed goals in the first half for offside.