LUSAIL, Qatar — Saudi Arabia scored one of many greatest World Cup upsets ever by beating Lionel Messi’s Argentina 2-1 on Tuesday.
Messi’s quest to win the one main title to elude him acquired off to a stunning begin and introduced again reminiscences of Cameroon’s 1-0 win over an Argentina workforce led by Diego Maradona within the opening sport of the 1990 World Cup.
Objectives by Saleh Alshehri and Salem Aldawsari in a five-minute span within the second half gave the Saudis the win. Argentina took an early lead with a Tenth-minute penalty by Messi.
The Argentina loss rivals different World Cup upsets like Senegal’s 1-0 win over titleholder France 1-0 within the 2002 event opener and the US beating England by the identical rating in 1950.
Argentina’s 36-match unbeaten run ended on the Lusail Stadium in Messi’s fifth — and certain final — World Cup.
The Paris Saint-Germain star shook palms with a Saudi teaching workers member after the ultimate whistle and stood along with his palms on his hips close to the middle circle, an all-too acquainted scene for top-of-the-line gamers ever who’s but to win the largest prize in soccer.
The unlikely victory was sealed by a somersault by Aldawsari, who introduced down a excessive ball simply contained in the penalty space, turned one defender, jinked previous one other and drove a robust shot previous goalkeeper Emi Martinez, who acquired a hand on the ball however could not maintain out of the web within the 53rd.
A shocked Messi watched as scores of green-clad followers from Saudi Arabia, Qatar’s neighbor, celebrated in in disbelief within the stands. Saudi Arabia’s substitutes stormed the sphere.
Messi put Argentina forward from the penalty spot after the video assistant referee advised the referee to try a jersey seize by Saud Abdulhamid on Argentina midfielder Leandro Paredes.
With Saudi Arabia’s first shot in objective, Saleh Alshehri discovered the underside nook with an angled end by means of the legs of defender Cristian Romero.