Saleh Al-Shehri of Saudi Arabia celebrates together with his group mates after scoring a purpose to make it 1-1 through the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at Lusail Stadium on November 22, 2022 in Lusail Metropolis, Qatar.
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Saudi Arabia produced one of many best upsets in World Cup historical past as Salem Al-Dawsari’s beautiful solo effort secured a 2-1 victory over Argentina in Group C on the Lusail Iconic Stadium.
Time stood nonetheless as Al-Dawsari plucked the ball out from the sky and turned inside two Argentina defenders earlier than curling his end past the attain of Aston Villa defender Emiliano Martinez, producing one of many largest moments of any World Cup finals.
Lionel Messi had given one of many pre-tournament favourites the lead from the penalty spot after a contentious VAR resolution (10) however Saleh Al-Shehri levelled simply three minutes into the second interval to arrange an almighty upset.
The consequence ended Argentina’s 36-game unbeaten run, stretching again to defeat in opposition to Brazil three years in the past however this was the best day in Saudi Arabian soccer historical past.
“This hurts rather a lot. We have been dreaming of beginning the World Cup with a win,” stated Messi’s strike accomplice Lautaro Martinez. “Nevertheless it’s occurred and now we’ve to coach and assume ahead.
“We misplaced this sport due to our personal errors, most of all within the second half. There are particulars that make a distinction and we have to right our errors.”
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When Argentina final misplaced their opening World Cup group sport in 1990 – in opposition to Cameroon – they went on to succeed in the ultimate the place they misplaced to Germany, however that will probably be of little comfort to the South Individuals proper now following defeat to the nation ranked 51st in world soccer.