- Pitso Mosimane's influence, subtle or overt, is always undeniably felt in the world of football
- This time, the South African tactician's involvement was in the match where Saudi Arabia shocked Argentina at the 2022 FIFA World Cup
- Two players from Al Ahli Saudi, coached by Mosimane, were part of the team that pulled off one of the all-time World Cup upsets
Pitso Mosimane must have watched Saudi Arabia's shocking upset of Argentina with a smile of pride on his face.
Al Ahli Saudi, the South African coach's current team, has two players in the Middle Eastern nation's squad at the 2022 World Cup, the only players from Saudi Arabia's second division. They are goalkeeper Mohammad Al-Rubaie and winger Haitham Asiri.
As reported by Kick Off, Al-Rubaie is a substitute shot-stopper, while Asiri came off the bench to replace Firas Al-Buraikan as the Saudis overturned the Albiceleste's 1-0 lead from a 10th-minute penalty by Lionel Messi to eventually emerge with a 2-1 victory.
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Elsewhere, the government of Saudi Arabia declared yesterday as a national holiday to celebrate the amazing result, as was reported by The Guardian. Unexpected before the tournament and now a realistic possibility, the team can book a place in the Last 16 against Poland on Saturday afternoon.
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Argentina vs Saudi Arabia: New evidence shows Lautaro Martinez’s offside goal should have stood
Argentina was shocked by a less-fancied Saudi Arabia side on November 22nd at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar.
Saudi Arabia came from a goal down to win 2-1 in a game where Argentina was consistently played offside by the opponent's high line, Sports Brief reported. New evidence has, however, suggested that one of Argentina's disallowed goals should have stood.
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Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez chipped the ball over Saudi Arabia's goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais, but after a long review, the goal was chalked off for offside. In a set of photographs presented by Flashscore, VAR appeared not to look at Saudi Arabia's fullback Yasser Alshahrani who kept Martinez onside.
Messi was the one who was offside but did not interfere with the play.