DOHA: Saudi Arabia blasted back-to-back strikes in 5 second-half minutes to shock favourites Argentina 2-1 of their opening Group C encounter of the FIFA World Cup 2022, right here on Tuesday.
The Copa America champions confronted their first defeat after 36 video games as Lionel Messi’s first-half penalty was neutralized by Salah Alshehri three minutes after halftime earlier than Salem Aldawsri put Saudi in lead 5 minutes later.
The PSG star scored the primary objective of his ultimate World Cup and took Argentina in lead early within the first half after a foul from Al Bulayahi as he took down Parades within the field.
The South American nation misplaced for the primary time after main the halftime because the 1930 ultimate in opposition to Uruguay.
The Arab group, nonetheless, scored an equalizer with an excellent left-footed shot by Alshehri that minimize throughout goalkeeper Martinez and landed within the backside proper nook. Aldawsri, nonetheless, struck the winner within the 53rd minute when he clawed in with a strong curling shot into the far nook.
Saudi goalkeeper Al Owais remained phenomenal within the later a part of the second half denying Argentina any likelihood to equalize as he saved Angel Di María’s completely set-up shot from the proper aspect of the field.
With the win, Saudia take the primary three factors in Group C to complete at prime with Poland and Mexico set to face off later in the present day.