51st Ranked Saudi Arabia Ends Argentina’s 36 Game Unbeaten Run in Sensational Style

51st Ranked Saudi Arabia Ends Argentina’s 36 Game Unbeaten Run in Sensational Style

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
  • Lowly-ranked Saudi Arabia ended Argentina's 36-game unbeaten streak in the first game of Group C, with a major upset at the 2022 FIFA World Cup
  • The Asian champions mustered a comeback for the ages, after Lionel Messi opened the scoring for La Albiceleste from the penalty spot
  • Saudi Arabia will hope to continue their momentum, heading into their next group stage encounter against Poland on November 26

Saudi Arabia pulled off an absolute upset at the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup, when the Green Falcons stunned Lionel Messi's Argentina at the Lusail Stadium.

The Asian giants turned the fully-packed 80,000 state-of-the-art edifice upside down, when they clawed from one-nil down to secure a 2-1 victory against La Albiceleste.

Ranked third in the world and on a 36-game unbeaten run, Argentina commenced their bid for a third World Cup against minnows Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi Arabia stunned Argentina in their Group C opener with a comeback win. Photo credit: @brfootball
Source: Twitter

Lionel Messi wasted no time stamping their authority on the fixture, breaking the game's deadlock via the penalty spot after just ten minutes.

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Argentina continued their absolute dominance of the game, putting three more goals at the back of the net - only for each to be ruled out for offside.

These scores would have put the game beyond the reach of the Saudis before half-time. However, it instead served as the catalyst for one of the biggest upsets in the history of the World Cup, as the Falcons stepped up in the second half.

Two goals in a space of five second-half minutes turned the game on its head, with Saudi Arabia holding on to secure a famous 2-1 win over their South American titans.

Messi's doctor hopes Argentina lose

While Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi hoped to achieve glory in Qatar, his own doctor is rooting against La Albiceleste at the World Cup.

Diego Schwarzstein has stated that he doesn't want the Argentine national team to win a single game at this year's Mundial.

"As an Argentine citizen, as a human being, I would like them to lose all three games and be eliminated in the first round."