A daring and sensible Saudi Arabia pulled off one of many World Cup’s greatest shocks as they got here from behind to stun two-time winners Argentina in a improbable Group C opener in Lusail.
Ranked 51st on the earth, Saudi Arabia may have been accomplished and dusted within the first half as Lionel Messi opened the scoring from the penalty spot earlier than Argentina had three objectives dominated out for offside.
However Saudi Arabia flipped the sport on its head in a surprising 10-minute interval after half-time, Saleh Al-Shehri levelling with a low effort and Salem Al Dawsari firing them forward to spark pandemonium within the stands.
Having proven their ruthlessness at one finish, the Inexperienced Falcons demonstrated a ruggedness on the different, holding a stellar Argentina entrance line at bay to safe solely their fourth World Cup win in historical past and throw the group broad open.
Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina got here into the match among the many favourites, on the again of a 36-game unbeaten run that included profitable the 2021 Copa America.
They now have all of it to do to maintain alive their hopes of a primary world triumph since 1986 and provides Messi a becoming ending to what’s very seemingly his World Cup swansong.
They face Mexico on Saturday, whereas Saudi Arabia tackle Poland.