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Saudi Arabia inflict earthquake shock on Argentina at World Cup

Saleh Al-Shehri of Saudi Arabia celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal to make it 1-1 during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at the stadium Lusail on November 22, 2022 in Lusail City, Qatar.

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Saudi Arabia produced one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history as Salem Al-Dawsari’s superb solo effort secured a 2-1 victory over Argentina in Group C at the Lusail Iconic Stadium.

Time stood still as Al-Dawsari snatched the ball from the sky and spun inside two Argentina defenders before curling his arrival past Aston Villa defender Emiliano Martinez, producing one of the most great moments from all the World Cup finals.

Lionel Messi had given one of the pre-tournament favorites the lead from the penalty spot after a controversial VAR decision (10), but Saleh Al-Shehri did not equalize until three minutes into the game. second period to create an all-powerful upset.

The result ended Argentina’s 36-match unbeaten streak dating back to the loss to Brazil three years ago, but it was the happiest day in Saudi football history.

The Albiceleste last lost their opening World Cup group game in 1990 – against Cameroon – but then they reached the final where they lost to Germany, but it will only be little consolation for the South Americans at the moment after the loss to the 51st-ranked nation in world football.


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