World Cup 2022: Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia: Salem Al-Dawsari scores winner as Lionel Messi penalty is cancelled out by famous second-half comeback
At the Lusail Iconic Stadium, Salem Al-Dawsari’s magnificent solo effort helped Saudi Arabia defeat Argentina 2-1 in Group C, pulling off one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history.
One of the biggest moments in any World Cup finals was produced by Al-Dawsari, who plucked the ball out of the air, turned inside two Argentina defenders, and curled his finish beyond the reach of Emiliano Martinez of Aston Villa.
After a contentious VAR decision, Lionel Messi gave one of the tournament favorites the lead from the penalty spot (10), but Saleh Al-Shehri equalized just three minutes into the second half to set up an enormous upset.
Although Argentina’s 36-game winning streak, which had started with a loss to Brazil three years prior, was ended by the outcome, this was the greatest day in Saudi Arabian football history.
The last time La Albiceleste lost their opening World Cup group game was against Cameroon in 1990. They went on to lose to Germany in the final, but that will be little comfort to the South Americans right now after losing to the team ranked 51st in the world of football.