Saudi Arabia Defeated Argentina 2-1 in the 2022 World Cup group stage match at the Lusail Iconic Stadium, Tuesday (22/11) . Argentina took the lead in the eighth minute after referee Slavko Vincic pointed to the spot. Penalty awarded for viewing replays.
After conceding, Saudi Arabia tried to reply. The Green Falcons had pushed into the Argentine penalty box. Messi had broken into the Argentine goal for the second time in the 23rd minute, but the assistant referee raised the offside flag.
Lautaro Martinez’s goal which was disallowed by VAR for standing offside before receiving the ball from Alejandro Gomez.
\Martinez was again ruled offside after scoring a goal in the 34th minute so the score remained 1-0 until halftime.
Three minutes into the second half, Saudi Arabia equalized. Saleh Al Shehri is keen to take advantage of opportunities. Cristian Romero’s efforts to block did not bear fruit. Al Shehri’s kick sent the ball past goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
Five minutes later Saudi Arabia Defeated Argentina 2-1. Senior midfielder Salem Al Dawsari wove around in the penalty box before releasing a shot that made the ball go into the Argentine goal and Martinez could not block it.
Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Al Owais made a brilliant save in the 64th minute when he blocked Nicolas Tagliafico’s chance in front of goal.
Al Owais again saved the goal from conceding a goal when he brushed aside Angel Di Maria’s chance in the 73rd minute. A minute later Al Owais came out of the nest to sweep a through ball from Argentina.
The Albiceleste continued to try to equalize by playing patiently and continuing to try to control the ball. Herve Renard’s men displayed a slick, solid and calm defense.
Julian Alvarez’s shot was saved by Abdulelah Al Amri when Al Owais still fell after securing the ball.
Nearing the final minute, Yasser Al Shahrani fell after hitting his head on Al Owais’ leg. The match continued, but Messi failed to take advantage of the situation.
In the final seconds of the match Al Owais made another fantastic save by catching Alvarez’s header.
Argentina vs Saudi Arabia line-up:
Argentina national team: Martinez, Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico, De Paul, Paredes, Gomez, Messi, Martinez, Di Maria.
Saudi Arabia national team: Al-Owais, Abdulhamid, Al-Tambakti, Al-Bulaihi, Al-Shahrani, Kanno, Al-Malki, Al-Faraj, Al-Buraikan, Al-Shehri, Al-Dawsari.
3 shocking records after Saudi Arabia beat Argentina
Saudi Arabia defeated Argentina 2-1 in Group C in the 2022 World Cup . Saudi Arabia surprised Argentina by winning the first match at the 2022 World Cup.
Argentina went ahead through Lionel Messi’s penalty which outwitted goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais in the 10th minute. Behind 0-1 in the first half made the Green Falcons appear impressive in the second half. Saudi Arabia equalized the score at the start of the second half, in the 48th minute to be precise through a goal by Saleh Al Shehri.
Saudi Arabia’s successive attacks caught Argentina’s defense off guard. Salem Al Dawsari’s speculative shot in the 53rd minute hit Emiliano Martinez’s goal for the second time.
Here are 3 shocking records after Saudi Arabia beat Argentina:
- The defeat of Saudi Arabia broke Argentina’s unbeaten record in 36 matches in all competitions. The last time Argentina lost was when they were beaten by Brazil 0-2 in the semifinals of the Copa America in July 2019.
- Victory in the first match of the 2022 World Cup made Saudi Arabia break its record of never winning over Argentina.
- Saudi Arabia won the World Cup ‘opening’ match for the first time. Previously The Green Falcons had appeared in five editions of the World Cup.
In the first match in four editions of the World Cup, Saudi Arabia lost four times and drew one. Lost 1-2 to the Netherlands (1994), 0-1 to Denmark (1998), 0-8 to Germany (2002), drew with Tunisia 2-2 (2006), 0-5 to Russia (2018).
With this victory, Saudi Arabia temporarily occupies the top of Group C standings by collecting three points. Mexico and Poland were in second and third respectively, while Argentina was the caretaker.
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