World Cup shocker: Saudi Arabia beat Messi's Argentina in 36 games

World Cup shocker: Saudi Arabia beat Messi’s Argentina in 36 games

LUSIL, Qatar (AP) — Saudi Arabia pulled off one of the World Cup’s biggest upsets on Tuesday, beating Lionel Messi’s Argentina 2-1.

Messi’s quest to win a major title to escape him got off to a shaky start and brought back memories of Cameroon’s 1-0 win over Diego Maradona’s Argentina in the 1990 World Cup opener. .

In the 5th minute of the second half, Saleh al-Shahri and Salim al-Dosari scored goals to win the victory for the Saudi team. Argentina took the first lead in the 10th minute with a goal by Messi.

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Argentina have lost to other World Cup rivals such as Senegal, who won the 2002 tournament 1-0 against the reigning champions, and the United States beat England by the same scoreline in 1950.

Argentina’s unbeaten run of 36 came to an end in Messi’s fifth – and possibly final – World Cup at the Lucille Stadium.

The Paris Saint-Germain star shook hands with Saudi Arabia’s coaching staff after the final whistle and stood with his hands on his lips near the center circle, the most familiar scene for one of the best players to ever win. is not. The biggest prize in football.

The unlikely victory was sealed by a somersault from Aldussari, who brought down a high ball in the penalty area, turned a defender, passed another and fired a powerful shot past goalkeeper Amy Martinez, He had a hand, but could not. Keep out of the net at 53.

A stunned Messi looked on as green-clad fans from neighboring Qatar, Saudi Arabia, celebrated in the stands. The substitute of Saudi Arabia came to the field.

Messi put Argentina ahead from the penalty spot after the video assistant referee told the referee to watch for a jersey grab by Saud Abdelhamid on Argentina midfielder Leandro Paredes.

Scoring Saudi Arabia’s first goal, Saleh Al-Shehri found the bottom corner with an angled finish through the legs of defender Cristian Romero.

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