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Saudi Arabia beat Lionel Messi’s Argentina in major 2022 World Cup upset

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Saudi Arabia pulled off a stunning World Cup upset, defeating Argentina 2-1 at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Qatar.

Argentina were expected to breeze past their first opponents of the showpiece international tournament.

The South American nation, winners of last year’s Copa America, came into the tournament on a 36-game unbeaten run.

Lionel Messi scored Argentina’s first goal of the tournament with a 10th-minute penalty.

Saudi goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais tried his best to psych out Messi, but the 35-year-old calmly stroked the ball into the net.

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How did Saudi Arabia beat Argentina?

Argentina had a further three goals disallowed before half-time – and then the game turned on its head in the second half as Saudi Arabia scored two goals in five extraordinary minutes.

Saleh Al-Shehri scored Saudi’s equaliser, steering the ball past Argentina goalkeeper Emi Martinez.

Salem Al-Dawsari then scored an early contender for goal of the tournament, curling an unstoppable strike into the opposite corner of the net, stunning Argentina in the process.

Salem Al-Dawsari celebrates vs ArgentinaLUSAIL CITY, QATAR – NOVEMBER 22: Salem Al-Dawsari of Saudi Arabia celebrates after scoring their team’s second goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at Lusail Stadium on November 22, 2022 in Lusail City, Qatar. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Video: Arabia commentary for Al-Dawsari’s goal

Check out the Arabic commentary.

Spine-tingling stuff.

This wasn’t in the script.

Argentina, one of the pre-tournament favourites, suddenly found themselves a goal down despite dominating the opening 45 minutes.

Despite having well over half-hour to get themselves back into the contest, Argentina were unable to salvage a point.

Lionel Messi during Argentina v Saudi ArabiaLUSAIL CITY, QATAR – NOVEMBER 22: Lionel Messi of Argentina shows dejection during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at Lusail Stadium on November 22, 2022 in Lusail City, Qatar. (Photo by Matthias Hangst…

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