MINUTE BY MINUTE: Argentina vs Saudi Arabia (Group C, World Cup)

minute by minute

  • Argentina

  • Saudi Arabia

  • 27′

    Goal annulled by Argentinaaaaa for offside!!!!! New filtered pass and Lautaro Martínez “pricks” the ball before the goalkeeper leaves

  • twenty-one’

    Messi’s goal disallowed for offside!!! Filtered service, Messi stepped on the accelerator and before the goalkeeper left he sent his shot

  • twenty’

    Alejandro Gomez’s right leg shot that goes over the goal

  • 18′

    A battle-hardened Saudi Arabia seeks to have the ball

  • 14′

    This is how Messi took the penalty


  • 9′

    Goooooooal for Messiiiii!!!!! The PSG player collected calmly, sent the ball close to the post

  • 7′

    In a previous corner kick, there is an Albiceleste player who goes to the grass

  • 7′

    The match stops; there is a play reviewed by the VAR

  • 6′

    Foul by Mohammed Kano on Rodrigo de Paul. Free kick on the left side

  • 1′

    The PSG player did not think twice and sent his shot that was deflected by goalkeeper Mohamed Alowais

  • Argentina’s 11:

  • Start the match!


  • The national anthems are heard

  • The players take to the field of the Lusail Stadium, site of the World Cup final

  • Argentina’s last defeat was on July 2, 2019, in the semifinals of the Copa América against Brazil (2-0) at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte.

  • With 36 games in a row without losing, Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina can reach the record among elite international teams against Saudi Arabia in the World Cup, held by Roberto Mancini’s Italy with 37

  • Welcome to the match between Argentina vs Saudi Arabia, corresponding to Group C of the World Cup!

Everything ready for the big day of the debut: Lionel Messi spring into action with Argentina in the world with the duel before Saudi Arabia in Lusail, in the stadium that will host the final of the tournament on December 18.

Since his arrival in Doha on the night of Wednesday to Thursday, Messi’s every move has generated expectation, especially when concern was raised by not exercising with the group in practice on Friday and starting late and with differentiated work in Saturday’s. .

From the Argentine Soccer Association (AFA) they reassured themselves about the physical state of the player, who will initially be in Lionel Scaloni’s eleven to live his fifth World Cup phase, equaling the record of the group of stars that reach that figure.

Lionel Scaloni warned that he saw the debut match against the Saudis as “difficult”.

“We know Arabia. We have seen it in the friendly they played (last November 10) against Panama. It is a good team, very gifted, with fast players. It is very similar to the Emirates. The first World Cup game is always difficult, it has a particular seasoning. In a World Cup all the rivals are difficult. It would be ridiculous to say otherwise”, he said then.

Scaloni, the youngest coach at 44 years of the 32 teams in this World Cup, faces the tournament with the endorsement of returning the illusion to the albiceleste fans, after the title in the Copa América last year in Brazil and the Finalissima – the official duel between the defending champions of South America and Europe- won 3-0 against Italy last June in London.


Opposite will be a Saudi Arabia that on paper seems to be at a lower level and that will play its sixth World Cup. In the previous five they only managed to get past the group stage on one occasion, in their debut in the United States-1994, when they reached the round of 16.

“To achieve great results in a tournament you have to be very strong collectively, especially with the rivals we are going to play against. We have a difficult group (group C, with Mexico and Poland as well as Argentina), but we trust ourselves” , said the French coach of Saudi Arabia, Hervé Renard.


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