Saudi Arabia delivered one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history by beating Lionel Messi ‘s Argentina 2-1 thanks to a brilliant second-half comeback .
The 35 -year-old Messi scored a 10th -minute penalty in a fine first- half performance as he and Lauta yesterday scored a fifth and final chase for the only major trophy that has eluded him. Ro Martinez also had three goals disallowed for offside.
But Saudi Arabia, the second-lowest-ranked team in the tournament after Ghana, threw caution to the wind at the start of the second half, charging at the Argentine defense in front of a frenzied crowd of 88,012 .
Saleh Al-Shehri fired low in the 48th minute, while Salim Davasari rolled in a scorching finish from the edge of the box in the 53rd minute for Argentina and Messi to watch in the Group C opener. Get up in complete shock.
ARGENTINA 1-2 SAUDI ARABIA 😱 pic.twitter.com/QFYRvUSRjF
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The entire match was played out in the extraordinary atmosphere of the Lusail Stadium, with Argentina’s traditionally large and raucous following echoed by the thousands of Saudis who came across the border to cheer on their team.
” Our team made our dream come true! ” and ” Where is Messi? We beat him! ” , the Saudis in green chanted over and over at the Lusail Stadium, greeting every clearance from their defense with a deafening roar.