Saudi Arabia beat Argentina 2-1 on Tuesday morning in a sensational result at the Qatar World Cup.
Argentina came into the tournament as second-favourites to go all the way, behind only Brazil.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia were the rank outsiders and were expected to finish rock bottom of Group C – a group that also contains Mexico and Poland.
Argentina had taken an early lead when Lionel Messi converted a 10th minute penalty.
They also had as many as three goals disallowed for offside during the first half.
They would surely make their quality tell in the second half.
However, the quality came only from Saudi Arabia after the break.
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.
And, to everyone’s shock, they held onto their lead.
What an amazing result.
The scenes inside the Lusail Stadium at full time were incredible with thousands of Saudis crossing the border to cheer their nation on in Qatar.
Not even they could have seen this coming.
But perhaps it shouldn’t have been a surprise considering the huge support they had in Qatar.
VIDEO: Keane and Neville’s comments on Saudi Arabia before the World Cup
The impact of the supporters was actually discussed by Sky Sports pundits Roy Keane and Gary Neville when making their pre-World Cup predictions.
“Second in that group,” asked Neville. “Saudi Arabia? They’ll bring tens and tens of thousands of fans because they can drive over the border.”
But Keane dismissed the notion that will make any difference.
“And can they play for them?” asked Keane which left Neville and Micah Richards in hysterics.
“You ever seen a fan score a goal?” Keane asked again. “It doesn’t matter.”
Turns out, Saudi Arabia didn’t need their fans to lace up the boots after all 😅 @GNev2
One of the greatest upsets in World Cup history 👏 pic.twitter.com/Vm5H9x5WuB
— Sky Bet (@SkyBet) November 22, 2022
Perhaps he downplayed the role the Saudi fans could play…
Keane: It was an ‘amazing’ result for Saudi Arabia
After the victory over Argentina, Keane admitted it was an “amazing” result.
“It’s a great reminder to anyone watching that if you think you can just turn up and depend on your quality to get you over the line, you are sadly mistaken,” Keane said on ITV.
“Argentina were dreadful second half. All credit to Saudi Arabia, amazing result for them.
“The desire and fight from Argentina wasn’t there. They weren’t as a team today, it’s a huge setback for them.”
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