It has been barely three days since the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and fans have already witnessed the biggest upset of the competition. Two scintillating second-half goals from Saleh Alshahri and Salem Aldawsari helped the Asian side beat mighty La Albiceleste 2-1. The men in blue and white went ahead in the first half thanks to a penalty scored by Lionel Messi at the 10-minute mark. At the time, many believed that the South Americans would make every effort and win a major victory.
However, this was not the case. Saudi Arabia held on in the first half and the game completely turned around in the second half. Alshehri danced past the Argentine centre-back and fired the ball past Emiliano Martínez in the 48th minute to make it 1–1. Five minutes later, Aldavasari fired a brilliant shot to give the men the lead on the green.
Saudi Arabia’s strong defense makes a difference
It took some excellent defending and excellent goalkeeping from the Saudi Arabian players to keep Argentina out. However, there were faults on Argentina’s side as they could not finish off the chances they created. He was also caught offside several times, which raised questions about his position. The result was historic as it was Argentina’s first defeat to an Asian nation in FIFA World Cup history. It was something that no one saw coming and put Argentina in a tough spot in a group like Poland and Mexico, who will compete later in the day.
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Twitter was flooded with praise for the Saudis as Argentina became somewhat of a laughing stock. Here’s how Twitterati reacted to the shock result in the opening match of Group C. There were jokes and mimes over how many offsides were called by the linesman during the 90 minutes.