Saudi Arabia Wins Argentina 2-1 In Group C Opener

Saudi Arabia scored two goals after the half-time to defeat Argentina 2-1 during their Group C World Cup group stage match in Doha's Lusail stadium today

Saudi Arabia Wins Argentina 2-1 In Group C Opener
Saudi Arabia wins Argentina

A bold and brilliant Saudi Arabia pulled off one of the World Cup’s biggest shocks as they came from behind to stun two-time winners Argentina in a fantastic Group C opener in Lusail.

Ranked 51st in the world, Saudi Arabia could have been done and dusted in the first half as Lionel Messi opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Argentina had three goals ruled out for offside.

But Saudi Arabia flipped the game on its head in a stunning 10-minute period after half-time, Saleh Al-Shehri leveling with a low effort and Salem Al Dawsari firing them ahead to spark pandemonium in the stands.

Having shown their ruthlessness at one end, the Green Falcons demonstrated a ruggedness at the other, holding a stellar Argentina front line at bay to secure only their fourth World Cup win in history and throw the group wide open.

Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina came into the tournament among the favorites on the back of a 36-game unbeaten run that included winning the 2021 Copa America.