Saudi Arabia shocked the world when it beat Lionel Messi’s Argentina by a two-goal margin. It was the biggest upset in soccer history.
Many had expected the South American team, ranked third in the world, to dominate its opponent, which is ranked 48 places below it in the world rankings.
Messi, one of the greatest players ever playing in what is likely to be his last World Cup, was the focus of all the talk before the match. The Argentina captain scored an early penalty to put his side in the lead, but two second-half goals from Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al Dawsari helped turn the game on its head.
The hundreds of Saudi fans at the Lusail Stadium couldn’t believe what they saw.
Fans cheered every tackle and saved as if they were goals, and Saudi Arabia fans reacted with joy when the match ended.
It hadn’t looked like such a comeback was possible for most of the match. After taking the lead, Argentina was in control of the game, but Hervé Renard’s speech at halftime made a difference. His team stood toe-to-toe with Argentina’s world-class team and came out with a new-found belief in themselves.
Fans cheered every tackle and saved as if they were goals, and when the match ended, Saudi Arabia fans erupted with joy.
The players sank to their knees from disbelief and exhaustion. Many people had come to see the play, and Messi looked distraught as he walked off with Saudi fans cheering his name.
Saudi fans who believe in a touch of destiny have more good news.
The last three countries to beat Argentina at a World Cup won the tournament – Germany and France in 2014 and 2018, respectively – or reached the final – Croatia in 2018.
I’m delighted with my team. “Beating Argentina, one of the world’s best teams, is like a dream. It’s one of the craziest games I’ve seen in my whole life. ” fan Yazid Aldakheel is talking with the media. “
It’s different when you play in the World Cup, and beating Argentina is something else.
Argentina will try to recover against Mexico in its next match, while Saudi Arabia will play Poland.
In the day’s second match, Christian Eriksen returned to major international football as Denmark kicked off its World Cup campaign with a 0-0 draw against Tunisia.
In the day’s second match, Christian Eriksen returned to senior international football as Denmark opened their World Cup campaign with a 0-0 draw against Tunisia.
The Manchester United player collapsed on the pitch at the European Championships last June after suffering a cardiac arrest. His return to international football is nothing short of remarkable.
With the support of tens of thousands of fans, Tunisia could hold on. In the second half, the Danes were denied a goal by the post after a goal was ruled out for inaccuracy. The Danes had a last-minute penalty appeal turned down.
1. The upset victory of Saudi Arabia over Argentina was one of the biggest in World Cup history.
2. Lionel Messi had given Argentina the lead early with a penalty, but two second-half goals from Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al Dawsari turned the game on its head.
3. The Saudi fans inside the Lusail Stadium celebrated their team’s unlikely victory with disbelief and joy.
4. Al Dawsari’s stunning winner from a distance was one of the most memorable moments of the World Cup so far.
5. As full-time approached, the fans cheered every tackle and saved as if they were goals, and when the match ended, the Saudi Arabia fans erupted in celebration.
6. According to sports data group Gracenote, Tuesday’s result was the biggest upset in the history of the World Cup.
7. This was not only a historic win for Saudi Arabia but a humiliating defeat for Argentina, who collapsed under the pressure of the occasion.
8. The last three teams to beat Argentina at a World Cup have won the competition (Germany and France in 2014 and 2018, respectively) or reached the final (Croatia in 2018).
9. Argentina hopes to recover when they face Mexico in their next group match on Saturday, while Saudi Arabia takes on Poland.
10. The day’s second match saw Christian Eriksen make his return to major international football as Denmark started their World Cup campaign with a 0-0 draw against Tunisia in Group D.