Qatar 2022: Saudi Arabia defeat Argentina 2:1

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Lionel Messi’s Argentina suffered one of the World Cup’s greatest shocks as Saudi Arabia came from behind to win 2-1 at Lusail Stadium on Tuesday in front of a 88,012 crowd.

Messi gave Argentina, one of the favourites to win the tournament, a 10th-minute lead from the penalty spot with a coolly taken spot kick.

But two goals early in the second-half, including an outstanding strike from Salem Al-Dawsari, turned the game on its head and left the Albiceleste with little margin for error against Mexico and Poland in their other Group C fixtures.

Argentina came into the game overwhelmingly expected to win and were on course to match Italy’s record 37-match unbeaten run when they went ahead early on thanks to Messi’s penalty, which came about following a VAR check for pushing and shoving in the box.

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