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Lionel Messi taunted by Saudi Arabia defender during World Cup defeat

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Saudi Arabia defender Ali Al-Bulayhi slapped Lionel Messi on the back and told him ‘You will not win’ after his side went 2-1 ahead against Argentina during their incredible victory.

Saudi pulled off one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history after beating much-fancied Argentina on Tuesday morning.

Messi had put Scaloni’s side ahead from the penalty spot after just 10 minutes and threatened to ease to a comfortable victory.

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They also had three goals disallowed during the first half with Messi and a potential brace from Lautaro Martinez being chalked off for offside.

And the underdogs bit back in the second half.

Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al-Dawsari scored within five minutes of each other to give Saudi a 2-1 lead shortly after the resumption.


Saudi’s tails were up and they wanted to let Argentina know they meant business.

Well, Al-Bulayhi did anyway.

Argentina v Saudi Arabia: Group C - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

VIDEO: Saudi defender tells Messi ‘he will not win’

A video has emerged of the defender slapping Messi on the back when Saudi went 2-1 ahead.

He then mutters a few words to the Paris Saint-Germain star, leaving Messi looking rather shocked. His Argentine teammates then come to his rescue.

What was being said?

Well, after the match, Al-Bulayhi was asked what he said to arguably the greatest player of all time to which he replied: “I told him: you will not win, you will not win!”

Considering there were still 35 minutes – and the lengthy injury-time – still to play, that was very brave of Al-Bulayhi.

But he was spot on, wasn’t he?

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Messi: There are no excuses for Argentina

After the shock defeat, Messi admitted there are no excuses for Argentina.

We knew that (Saudi) Arabia is a team with good players, that moves the ball well and that advances the line a lot. We work on it, but we speed up a bit.

“There are no excuses. We are going to be more united than ever. This group is strong and they have shown it.

Argentina v Saudi Arabia: Group C - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

“It is a situation that we did not have to go through in a long time. Now we have to show that this is a real group.

“It’s a very hard blow for everyone, we didn’t expect to start like this. Things happen for a reason. We have to prepare for what’s coming, we have to win or win and it depends on us.

“We have to go back t…

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