the FIFA World Cup 2022 continued on Tuesday with Argentina be stunned by Saudi Arabia, 2-1, snapping a 36-game unbeaten streak, the second-longest streak in international men’s soccer history. Argentina would have tied Italy’s record of 37 games with a win or draw.
Saudi Arabia STUNS Argentina | Full match highlights
This is Argentina’s first defeat in a World Cup opening game since 1990, a 1-0 loss to Cameroon. For perspective, Argentina has appeared in every World Cup in that span. Ironically, Argentina ended up reaching the final in 1990, but lost to Germany.
Argentina, who entered their opener with the third-lowest chance of winning the entire World Cup, now faces an uphill battle to get out of Group C with massive games against Mexico and Poland looming in the coming days.
Saudi Arabia, for its part, is the first team from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to defeat Argentina in a World Cup match. It marks Saudi Arabia’s fourth World Cup win, improving their all-time record to 4-11-2 (WLD).
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Here are the best plays from Tuesday’s group stage action.
Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia
Minute 2: So close to an early goal!
It took Lionel Messi just over 100 seconds overall at the 2022 World Cup to register his first shot on goal, but a fine save with a handball from Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Muhammad Al-Owais kept the game scoreless.
Minute 10: Allow him to reintroduce himself
After Argentina received a penalty kick after video review in the 10th minute, Messi stepped up and easily scored his first goal of the 2022 World Cup.
Lionel Messi scores a 10th-minute PK as Argentina take a 1-0 lead over Saudi Arabia
Argentina’s Lionel Messi scores a penalty kick in the 10th minute after Saudi Arabia’s Mohamed Kanno commits a foul.
Minute 22: Messi almost has another!
The Argentinian star appeared to have a clean break away for his second goal of the game, but it was ruled just offside. The failure was confirmed in the VAR.
Minute 27: Another near miss
Argentina were left looking for their second goal after Lautaro Martínez’s goal was also narrowly disallowed for offside.
Minute 35: Offside AGAIN
Argentina found the back of the net four times in the first half, but Messi’s 10th-minute penalty kick remains the only real goal thanks to three goals disallowed for offside.
Argentina was caught offside seven times in total in the first half against Saudi Arabia
Argentina were caught offside seven times in total, denying three goals in the first half.
According to OptaAnalyst, Argentina have already been caught offside seven times in this match. The last team to have more in a World Cup match was the Netherlands vs. Costa Rica in 2014 with 13 offside calls.
49th minute (first half extra time): Big loss for the Saudis
Saudi Arabia captain Salman Al Faraj went down with an apparent injury just before the end of the first half. With the Saudis already under pressure thanks to Messi’s early goal, it could be a major blow to the underdog’s chances of pulling off an upset.
Minute 48 (second half): Saudi Arabia tie!
Saudi Arabia’s Saleh Alshehri slots in a beautiful ball to tie the score at one goal apiece and suddenly Argentina are hot on his heels.
Saleh Al-Shehri of Saudi Arabia scores goal against Argentina
Watch Saleh Al-Shehri of Saudi Arabia score against Argentina in the 48th minute at the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.
53rd minute: Saudi Arabia takes the lead!
The Saudis are suddenly knocking on the door of one of the biggest upsets of the World Cup after a laser from Salem Aldawsari to go up 2-1.
Salem Al Dawsari of Saudi Arabia scores against Argentina at 53′ | FIFA World Cup 2022
Watch Salem Al Dawsari of Saudi Arabia score against Argentina in the 53rd minute at the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.
63rd minute: Big save keeps Saudis ahead
Another great save from Muhammad Al-Owais kept Saudi Arabia in the lead as Argentina looked for an equalizer.
Minute 83: Almost failed for Messi
Argentina were still looking to level the scores and avoid a catastrophic upset, but Messi’s free kick went over the crossbar and his header two minutes later was saved by Al-Owais.
Minute 92: CRAZY save
An incredible save from the Saudi defensive line keeps them in the lead as Argentina continue to push for a goal:
Minute 101: Another Saudi save for the surprise!
Al-Owais made another incredible jump save, helping Saudi Arabia pull off one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history over Argentina.
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