Suadi Arabia has left many football fans talking after a shocking 2-1 victory over one of the world’s football superpowers, Argentina.
The Lionel Messi side were delivered with a serious reality check on Wednesday as their 2022 World Cup opener went disastrously wrong, losing 2-1 to minnows Saudi Arabia despite going 1-0 ahead in the first half.
Everything looked to be going to plan when Lionel Messi converted an early penalty to put the South American champions ahead, but a string of goals ruled out for offside in the first half meant that Saudi Arabia were still in the game at halftime.
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.
First, Saleh Al-Shehri squeezed in a low shot in the 48th minute. Then, to the disbelief of even the Saudi fans, 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.