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SportsSaudis stun Argentina in historic upset
By: Muhammad Saad Abbasi

DOHA: Saudi Arabia came from behind, scoring two second half goals, to claim a shock three points in their World Cup opener
Lionel Messi had opened the scoring from the spot for an Argentina side that were otherwise unable to break through
Argentina face Mexico in their next group game as Saudi Arabia take on Poland.

Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia | Group C
Lionel Messi (P) 10′; Saleh Al Shehri (48′), Salem Al Dawsari (53′)

Match Review
Saudi Arabia performed the first real miracle of the Qatar 2022 World Cup by defeating competition favourites Argentina.

Messi had opened the scoring just ten minutes in with a cool penalty, and as Argentina put the ball in the net three more times before the half time whistle – with every one being ruled out for off-side – it was looking like one-way traffic.

That said, it was a far from vintage performance from Argentina, ultimately punished when Saleh Al Shehri latched onto a long ball and lashed a left-foot shot into the far corner of Emi Martinez’ goal.

It was Saudi Arabia’s first effort – but it would not be their last. Just five minutes later, Salem Al Dawsari scored one of the goals of the tournament to launch the Saudis into an astonishing lead.

An exceptional save at close range from Mohammed Al Owais shortly after preserved the underdog’s lead, and the Albiceleste failed to meaningfully threaten for the remainder of this astonishing match.

Key Moment: Saudi sucker-punch
It was the moment in which the world held its breath.

As the ball was launched downfield, few onlookers would have predicted the devastation that Al Shehri would cause when he latched onto the ball.

Pushing the ball into the box, it appeared as though he had taken himself too wide to cause the defence any trouble. However, taken quickly and with electric sparking through every inch of the World Cup ball, the flashing shot was past the Argentina goalkeeper before he could blink.

While Saudi Arabia’s winner will justifiably grab the headlines, this was the goal that initiated lift off

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