Saudi Arabia cause one of the biggest upsets in football history with a 2-1 win over Argentina

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Don’t cry for me, Argentina! Saudi Arabia cause one of the biggest upsets in football history with an astounding 2-1 win over World Cup favorites Qatar

  • Saudi Arabia are ranked 51st in the world – 48th behind their opponents Argentina
  • But win over Lionel Messi’s men propelled Gulf State top of Group C
  • Argentina had a whopping three goals disallowed in the first half, all for offside
  • Defeat leaves Messi’s dream of finally winning a World Cup all but shattered

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Saudi Arabia beat Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the opening match of their World Cup campaign in what is one of the biggest sporting upsets in recent memory.

The Gulf state is currently ranked 51st in the world behind hosts Qatar and entered the tournament with low expectations in a group with Argentina, who were tipped by many to fight for ultimate glory.

But in a truly stunning turn of events, the underdogs sent the world’s number three ranked team crashing to the bottom of Group C with a stellar 2-1 win and ended a 36-game winning streak.

In doing so, they nearly shredded Messi, 35,’s dream of winning the World Cup in what may well be the maestro’s last international competition.

The man considered by many to be the greatest footballer in the world clinically sent a penalty for Argentina in the first half, but Saudi Arabia quickly hit back after the break with a fine finish from Salah Al-Shehri at the 48th minute.

The Saudi star striker followed up the effort with a flare into the top corner minutes later, sending his fans into delight as Messi hid his head in his hands.

Saudi Arabia now triumph at the top of the group, while Poland and Mexico will play later in the day.

Saudi Arabia's Salem Al-Dawsari, Front, Celebrates After Scoring His Team's Second Goal During The World Cup Group C Soccer Match Between Argentina And Saudi Arabia At Lusail Stadium In Lusail, Qatar, Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Saudi Arabia’s Salem Al-Dawsari, front, celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the World Cup Group C soccer match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Feras Albrikan Of Saudi Arabia In Action During The Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C Match Between Argentina And Saudi Arabia At Lusail Stadium On November 22, 2022 In Lusail City, Qatar

Feras Albrikan of Saudi Arabia in action during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at Lusail Stadium on November 22, 2022 in Lusail City, Qatar

Argentina's Lionel Messi Looks Exasperated As His Side Concede To Saudi Arabia

Argentina’s Lionel Messi looks exasperated as his side concede to Saudi Arabia

Saleh Alshehri Of Saudi Arabia Celebrates His Goal With His Teammates As Saudi Arabia Beat Argentina In A Huge Upset

Saleh Alshehri of Saudi Arabia celebrates his goal with his teammates as Saudi Arabia beat Argentina in a huge upset

Argentina's Lionel Messi Watches In Disbelief As Saudi Players Celebrate Their Goal During The Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C Match Between Argentina And Saudi Arabia

Argentina’s Lionel Messi watches in disbelief as Saudi players celebrate their goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia

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