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‘Messi was a ghost!’ – Twitter reacts as Saudi Arabia STUN Argentina

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‘Messi was a ghost!’ – Twitter reacts as Saudi Arabia STUN Argentina

Cameron Smith

Cameron Smith

Updated: 22 Nov 2022 12:45 GMT

5 min read

Messi Ghost

Despite going 1-0 up thanks to an early Lionel Messi penalty, Argentina slumped to a 2-1 shock defeat to Saudi Arabia in their opening Group C match of the 2022 World Cup.

Lautaro Martinez had two goals ruled out for offside, with Saudi Arabia’s high line ensuring Argentina were often caught out as they looked to get in behind their opponent’s backline.

A second-half comeback, thanks to goals from Saleh Alshehri and Salem Aldawsari, saw Saudi Arabia shock one of the tournament favourites, ending Argentina’s 36-match unbeaten run in the process.

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Messi was largely absent throughout the game and was unable to drag his side back into the tie as he’s done so many times before.

In fact, the Paris Saint-Germain star was the player who was dispossessed in the build-up to Saudi Arabia’s first goal as their press managed to swallow Argentina throughout the game.

It means Argentina now have a mountain to climb in order to top the group and they face a challenge to simply progress into the knockout stages.

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