Saudi Arabia created a sensation on Tuesday by beating Argentina (2-1) in Group C of the 2022 World Cup! Messi had however given the advantage to the Argentines very quickly in this part, but the Albiceleste cracked in the second period.
Al-Shehri won for Saudi Arabia (1-1, 48th)
First big surprise in this 2022 World Cup! For its entry into the running, Argentina was overthrown by Saudi Arabia (1-2), this Tuesday, during the first day in group C. It started very badly for the Argentines…
Messi launches Argentina
The Argentinians and Messi did not have to wait very long to score their first goal in this World Cup. After 8 minutes of play, the referee was called by the VAR and designated the penalty spot to penalize a foul by Abdulhamid, guilty of having surrounded Paredes in the area. Serene, captain Messi gave the Albiceleste the advantage by scoring his 92nd goal in the selection (1-0, 10th).
Behind, the Saudis tried to react but the Argentinians had several opportunities to break in the first period. The selection of Herv Renard indeed trembled three times on goals from Messi (22nd) and Lautaro Martinez (27th, 35th) refused for offside positions… Not very dangerous but applied, Saudi Arabia remained alive at the break of this meeting against a dominating but not very flamboyant Argentine selection.
Argentina reverse in five minutes!
The meeting changed after the return from the locker room. From the start of the second period, Al-Shehri took advantage of a misunderstanding between Otamendi and Romero to equalize and plunge Argentina into doubt (1-1, 48′). The Argentines would also crack a second time in the crowd: carried by fans present in large numbers at Lusail Stadium, the Saudis took the advantage five minutes later on a jewel of Al-Dawsari (1-2, 53rd) !
obviously, the rest of the meeting resembled an attack-defense. The Argentinians pushed to equalize but couldn’t get the game going enough to destabilize a valiant Saudi team, who fought for every ball and imposed a big physical challenge on their opponent to maintain their small goal lead. With success since the score did not move until the final whistle. Thunderbolt for the Albiceleste, and a big feat for Saudi Arabia!
The score of the match: 6.5/10
A pleasant first period but the lack of technical accuracy of the two selections did not allow us to see a great show. The game got really carried away in the second half with the two Saudi goals, but the end of the match was marred by numerous faults and technical inaccuracies.
The goals :
– Messi takes his penalty from the left on the right of the goalkeeper, starting from the wrong side (1-0, 10th).
– Launched by Al-Buraikan, Al-Shehri took advantage of a misunderstanding between Otamendi and Romero to advance, resist the second and score with a cross shot from the left low to the ground (1-1, 48′).
– On a pushback, Al-Dawsari recovers the ball in the left corner of the surface then has fun between four Argentines before scoring with a splendid left strike (1-2, 53rd).
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Man of the match: Mohammed Al-Owais (7.5/10)
The Saudi goalkeeper released a big game! After an intervention from the start on a shot from Messi, he had to bow on a penalty from the captain of Albiceleste. But he was then imperial: decisive on a shot by Tagliafico from close range, the Saudi Arabian goalkeeper then reassured his defense on his ball captures and his interventions in front of Di Maria and Messi, before a final save on a header from ‘Alvarez in added time in the second half. Valuable, he allowed his teammates to be rewarded for their fine performance.
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ARGENTINA 1-2 SAUDI ARABIA (mid-time: 1-0) – CdM 2022 – 1st round, Group C / 1st day
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – Referee: Slavko Vincic, Slovenia
Goals : L. Messi (10th, pen.) for ARGENTINA – S. Al-Shehri (48th) Salem Al Dawsari (53rd) for SAUDI ARABIA
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