Final score and result of Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia: Green Falcons stun Messi in a historic World Cup upset

The first game of Argentina’s highly anticipated 2022 World Cup campaign was a shocking loss to Saudi Arabia in Group C. This was one of the biggest upsets in the history of the tournament.

Final score and result of Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia stun Messi in a historic World Cup

The Albiceleste hasn’t lost in 36 games in the last three years. In the tenth minute, captain Lionel Messi scored a penalty kick to give his team the lead. They were hoping to end a great career by winning the tournament for the fifth time.

However, Argentina failed to capitalize on their first-half dominance, having three goals ruled out for offside, one by Messi and two by Lautaro Martinez.

In the first five minutes of the second half, Saudi Arabia equalized and then took the lead, making them pay for their first-half mistakes.

First, Saleh Al-Shehri surged past Cristian Romero and fired a left-footed shot into the far corner. Then, in the 53rd minute, Salem Al-Dawsari turned, swerved away from a defender, and curled a magnificent effort from the left edge of the area into the upper-right corner.

Argentina attempted to find a way back into the game, but Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohamed Al-Owais made a series of saves against Nicolas Tagliafico, Lionel Messi, and Julian Alvarez to seal one of the most astonishing results in World Cup history.

Saudi Arabia now has a chance to advance to the round of 16 for the second time, as they prepare to face Poland, while Argentina must recover before facing Mexico.

Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia final score

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ARG — Lionel Messi (penalty) — 10th minute
Saleh Al-Shehri, SAU, 48th minute
SAU — Salem Al-Dawsari — 53rd min.


Argentina (right to left, 4-3-3): 23-E. Martinez (GK) — 26-Molina, 13-Romero (Martinez 59′), 19-Otamendi, 3-Tagliafico (Acuna 71′) — 7-De Paul, 5-Paredes (Fernandez 59′), 17-Gomez (Alvarez 71′) — 10-Messi, 22-Martinez, 11-Di Maria

Saudi Arabia (4-3-3, right to left): 21-Al-Owais (GK)— 12-Abdulhamid, 17-Tambakti, 5-Al-Boleahi, 13-Al-Shahrani—9-Al-Buraikan 23-Kanno, 8-Al-Malki, 7-Al-Faraj (Al-Abid 45+4′), 10-Al-Dawsari — 11-Al-Shehri

Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia World Cup match, as it occurred Lionel Messi: The Argentina superstar appeared annoyed while speaking to the media in the mixed zone after the match.

“I’m fine. The result hurts. It’s really bitter, but we’ve got to keep growing and we’ve got to think about the next games. … My ankle is fine.”

Angel Di Maria: Angel Di Maria elaborated on the outcome and how it occurred:

“I think we created many situations to convert and we couldn’t do it. They shot on goal two or three times and scored twice. That was the game”

“They played with a high line and we had a lot of opportunities to put balls in behind, but they were offside by millimeters and that’s what happened … We knew they played like that and we worked on it … We could’ve easily won 5-0.”

“Before [the World Cup] we weren’t the best and now we’re not the worst. We have to work. We have two finals to play in order to advance. And we think positive as we are. Today’s game could’ve happened any time and the streak was going to end at some point.”

The forward, who had two goals disallowed for offside, pointed the finger at his own team, Lautaro Martinez.

“We lost the game due to our mistakes, more than anything in the second half. These are details that make the difference and we must correct them.

“We should have scored more than one goal in the first half but this is a World Cup and now we have two finals left.

The manager of Argentina, Lionel Scaloni, was philosophical about the loss.

“It’s tough to process why in five minutes they scored two goals on us. We have no choice but to lift ourselves up. Today is a sad day.

“The first half was all us. Without the offsides [goals disallowed] on another day they would’ve been goals.

“Losing is never good, especially when you get the feeling that the game got away from us just like that.

“We came into the tournament strong, but these things happen in the World Cup. You can be infinitely superior, but in two plays things get complicated. Although we didn’t play well in the second half, we had our chances.

“You can’t pick when you lose. Luckily, we have two games ahead and we’re going to get it done.”

Scaloni additionally targeted the newly developed semi-automated offside technology:

“The more level-headed analysis we’ll leave for tomorrow. But right off the bat we have two games and we have to win them. There’s no other choice. The margin for error has reduced.

“The first half everything we planned came off. There was the offside by millimeters that today is an offside with the new rules but a month ago wasn’t offside. We knew they held a high line and we needed to be in position to put ourselves closer to their goal. They do [the high line] well and have done it forever. The new rules favors this in situations when the offside is by millimeters like that.”

The statisticians are coming up with some remarkable findings. Argentina lost a World Cup game in which it led at halftime for the first time since the 1930 championship game against Uruguay.

Also, it is uncertain whether odds were recorded when the United States defeated England in 1950, but there is no doubt that it was one of the greatest upsets in history.

Argentine influence on Saudi Arabia: Therefore, Argentine Ramon Diaz indirectly contributed to his country’s defeat. And this may also be true of Mexico’s manager, the Argentine Tata Martino.

FULL-TIME: Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia
This is one of the greatest World Cup upsets in history. Amazing scenes.

104th minute: Game over! Saudi Arabia have done it!

In the 103rd minute, an additional five minutes have been added to the eight already announced…play continues.

Argentina is in desperation mode and throwing everything at the ball at this point. Julian Alvarez leaps in the penalty area and meets a cross with a powerful header, but Saudi goalkeeper Mohamed Al-Owais saves the shot with a Hollywood-style dive.

95th minute: Ouch! The Saudi goalkeeper Mohamed Al-Owais hits his defender Yasser Al-Shahrani on his way out to punch the ball away. Al-Shahrani crashes and is in some difficulty. As he will require treatment, additional time will be added. A stretcher will be required.

Another Argentina shot, this time from Alvarez, was cleared off the line by Saudi Arabia in the 91st minute. Can the 53rd-ranked team in the world accomplish this?

Just the eight minutes of added time at the 90-minute mark. Since the beginning of this World Cup, the majority of matches have lasted 100 minutes.

Di Maria weaves past a few defenders and falls outside the penalty area in the 89th minute. Messi takes the free kick, Alvarez gets a touch on it, but Tambakti is there to clear the danger once more.

87th minute: Di Maria gains ground down the right flank and sends another ball into the box, but Hassan Tambakti of Saudi Arabia intercepts it. Is there time for Argentina to score an equalizer?

84th minute: Messi has a chance when he sprints to the back post to meet Angel Di Maria’s cross, but Saudi goalkeeper Mohamed Al-Owais handles his header with ease.

A few meters outside of the Saudi Arabia penalty area, Lionel Messi lines up a free-kick in the 80th minute. However, the maestro is unable to contain it, and it sails well over the bar. Can Argentina find a way to make a comeback in the final ten minutes?

Saleh Al-Shehri, who scored Saudi Arabia’s first goal, is substituted in the 78th minute to a standing ovation. Sultan Al-Ghanam has taken his seat.

75th minute: The attendance has just been announced as 88,012, despite the fact that the Lusail Iconic Stadium’s official capacity is 80,000. Hmm…

In the 70th minute, Argentine left-back Nicolas Tagliafico is replaced by Marcos Acuna, who was questionable with an injury prior to the game.

Abdulelah Al-Malki is the first player to be cautioned for a challenge that catches Nicolas Otamendi on the ankle in the 67th minute.

63:00: Opportunity for Argentina! Following a corner, Otamendi advances to the right touchline and crosses the ball back across the goal. Lisandro Martinez, who had just entered the game as a substitute, directs the ball toward the net, where it strikes Nicolas Tagliafico’s knee, but Saudi goalkeeper Mohamed Al-Owais is alert to the danger and makes a good save.

Argentina makes three substitutions in the 58th minute as they attempt to find a way back into a game that has been dramatically altered since the start of the second half. Alvarez, Fernandez, and Martinez are introduced, making way for Paredes, Gomez, and Romero.

53rd min: OH MY WORD! SAUDI ARABIA IS IN THE LEAD! And what an impressive goal it is! Salem Al-Dawsari spins on the ball, evades another defender, and fires a brilliant shot into the upper-right corner after Argentina fails to clear a ball into their box. Amazing scenes.

48th minute: Saudi Arabia scores! Incredible. Saleh Al-Shehri receives a long ball over the top, advances past Christian Romero, and places a beautiful left-footed finish across Emi Martinez and into the far corner. Game time!

Observe the goal in England.

46th minute: The second half has recommenced.

HALF-TIME: Argentina 1-0 Saudi Arabia

It could have been 4-0, but Argentina had three goals disallowed for offside, leaving Saudi Arabia just about in the game at halftime.

The Saudi Arabian team’s captain, Salman Al-Faraj, limps off the field after taking a heavy blow in a tackle. There are two minutes of additional time remaining in the first half.

The initial free kick is cleared, but Rodrigo De Paul’s right-footed shot from the edge of the box sails over the crossbar in the 41st minute. Can Argentina score a second goal before the half?

Abdulelah Al-Malki is pleading his innocence after chopping down Alejandro Gomez in the 40th minute, but his case is weak. Argentina is awarded a dangerous free kick on the left side of the penalty area.

34th minute: Once more! Incredibly, Argentina have a third goal disallowed for offside within 12 minutes, as Inter Milan striker Martinez races onto a Messi pass, rounds the goalkeeper, and scores before the flag goes up. Albiceleste coach Lionel Scaloni appears somewhat frustrated on the sidelines, as he should.

In the 28th minute, Argentina again have the ball in the back of the net as Lautaro Martinez takes advantage of the Saudi high defensive line to run through and finish beautifully over the advancing Al-Owais. VAR will review the play, and sure enough, a second Argentina goal has been disallowed for offside.

Observe the second “no-goal” in America.

Martinez latches onto Messi’s pass in the 17th minute and fires over the crossbar, but the goal is disallowed for offside.

Saudi Arabia mounts a respectable comeback after falling behind in the 15th minute, but their final ball into the box is not precise enough, making Argentine goalkeeper Emi Martinez’s job simple.

10 minutes: Goal! Lionel Messi steps up and calmly places Argentina’s 92nd goal to the right of the Saudi goalkeeper Mohamed Al-Owais. This is his seventh goal in the World Cup.

Watch the Canadian goal.

We’re going back for a VAR review of a possible penalty after the push in the box at the corner in the seventh minute. The referee has examined the monitor and indicates the penalty spot!

Messi takes the first corner of the game for Argentina in the sixth minute. A little bit of pushing and shoving in the box as Saudi Arabia clears the ball, but Messi is fouled on the left flank and Argentina will have a promising free kick.

Messi has an opportunity after just 90 seconds! Messi arrives in the box and strikes the ball with his preferred left foot, but he doesn’t get enough on it, and Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohamed Al-Owais saves it.

First minute: Now we’re off!

The captains, Lionel Messi and Salman Al-Faraj, are shaking hands in the center circle one minute prior to kickoff. In a very short time, we will begin…

5 minutes before kickoff, it is time for the national anthems. Argentina initially…

7 minutes until kickoff: If Argentina avoids a loss today. They will equal Italy’s record for longest international football unbeaten streak.

Saudi Arabia have only advanced past the group stage once in their previous six World Cup final appearances, in 1994. However, the Green Falcons, coached by the charismatic Frenchman Herve Renard, qualified for Qatar with relative ease, topping a final group with Japan and Australia.

All of their players play in the Saudi domestic league, including 12 from Al-Hilal, the Riyadh club that has won the last three and five of the last six championships.

They are currently on a 36-match unbeaten streak dating back to 2019; Brazil was the last team to defeat them. However, Argentina have lost four of their last five World Cup matches, including a heartbreaking loss to Germany in the 2014 final.

This is the first of six group matches at the 80,000-seat Lusail Iconic Stadium, which will also host a round of 16, a quarterfinal, and a semifinal. The golden exterior and spectacular design of the stadium were “inspired by the play of light and shadow that characterizes the ‘fanar’ lantern.” Thus, you now know.

45 minutes prior to kickoff, the Albiceleste lineup is as follows. Nicolas Tagliafico and Alejandro Gomez start in defense and midfield, respectively, with Lautaro Martinez and Angel Di Maria joining Lionel Messi in attack. This forward line has scored 136 international goals, with Messi accounting for 90 of them.

Argentina (4-3-3, right to left): 23. E. Martinez (GK) — 26. Molina, 13. Romero, 19. Otamendi, 3. Tagliafico — 7. De Paul, 5. Paredes, 17. Gomez — 10. Messi, 22. Martinez, 11. Di Maria

📋 The line-ups for today’s first game are in! #ARG #SAU | #FIFAWorldCup— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 22, 2022

1 hour until kickoff: We’re still waiting on the Argentina team, but Messi is in the building…

1 hour and fifteen minutes until kickoff, the Saudi Arabian team has exited the stadium.

1hr 30 minutes until kickoff: Someone’s fifth World Cup boots are flashy.

Two hours before kickoff, the lineups for this Group C match will be announced. What effect will Argentina’s injuries have on who lines up alongside Lionel Messi? How will Herve Renard prepare his Saudi Arabia squad for their most difficult group match?

These inquiries will soon be addressed…

2 hours and 30 minutes until kickoff: These attendance figures demonstrate that football is a religion in Argentina.

In addition to the final, three of the four games for which the most tickets were requested involved Argentina, according to Bleacher Report. Everyone desires one final opportunity to view Lionel Messi on the international stage.

Lionel Messi is the leading scorer and most-capped player for the Argentine national team, with three hours until kickoff. However, how many of those goals were scored at the World Cup?

This article contains Messi’s World Cup scoring record and videos of each of his goals.

Argentina’s official Twitter page shared a photo of the previous record between the two teams with 3 hours and thirty minutes remaining until kickoff. Four times in the past, the teams have met, with Argentina claiming two victories and two draws.

Does this provide Saudi Arabia with optimism before this match?

4 hours before kickoff: Did you know that when Lionel Messi takes the field in Qatar today, he will tie a record? He will join an elite group of players who have participated in five World Cups! Consider the other players who have attained that record.

4 hours until kickoff: Want to know what time this game will begin around the globe? The Sporting News provides the kickoff times for this match in every region of the world right here.

Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of Argentina versus Saudi Arabia five hours before kickoff. In this match, all eyes will be on Messi as his team looks to make a strong start to the tournament and maintain their fine form over the past 18 months.

Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia lineups, team news
While superstar Lionel Messi has stated that he is in peak condition, Argentina entered this match with injured players Cristian Romero, Marcos Acuna, and Papu Gomez.

Cristian Romero has been deemed healthy and will join Nicolas Otamendi in the middle of the defense. However, Acuna is absent, so Nicolas Tagliafico will fill in at left-back.

The confirmed lineup for Argentina (4-3-3, right to left): 23. E. Martinez (GK) — 26. Molina, 13. Romero, 19. Otamendi, 3. Tagliafico — 7. De Paul, 5. Paredes, 17. Gomez — 10. Messi, 22. Martinez, 11. Di Maria

Saudi Arabia has traveled to Qatar with a fully-fit squad and has no significant selection concerns for this match.

Saleh Al-Shehri returned from an Achilles injury in October and is now prepared to lead his team’s attack.

In an effort to stop Argentina’s star-studded attack, Saudi Arabia will likely favor a more defensive formation in this game.

Saudi Arabia’s confirmed (4-3-3) lineup, from right to left, is as follows: 21. Alowais (GK) — 12. Abdulhamid, 17. Altambakti, 21. 5.Albulayhi, 13. Alshahrani — 23. Kanno, 8. Almalki, 7. Alfaraj — 9. Albrikan, 11. Alshehri, 10. Aldawsari

Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia live stream, TV channel
Here is how to follow all the action in the major global regions.

 DateTimeTV ChannelStreaming
USATuesday, Nov. 2205:00 ETFS1, TelemundofuboTV, Fox Sports site/app,
Telemundo Deportes site/app, Peacock
CanadaTuesday, Nov. 2205:00 ESTTSN, RDS (French)TSN site/app
UKTuesday, Nov. 2210:00 GMTITV 1, STV (Scotland)ITV Hub / ITVX, STV Player (Scotland)
AustraliaTuesday, Nov. 2221:00 AEDTSBSSBS On Demand
IndiaTuesday, Nov. 2215:30 ISTSports18Voot, JioTV
Hong KongTuesday, Nov. 2218:00 HKTNow TV (Ch. 616, 618)Now TV
MalaysiaTuesday, Nov. 2218:00 MYTAstro, Unifi, TV2, TV OkeyAstro GO, RTMKlik
SingaporeTuesday, Nov. 2218:00 SGTStarHub (Ch. 251/252),
Singtel TV
MeWatch, Singtel TV GO,
CAST, StarHub TV+
New ZealandTuesday, Nov. 2223:00 NZDTSky Sport 7 beIN SportsSky Go, Sky Sport NOW

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