Saudi Arabia surprised Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, on Tuesday, by defeating the two-time winner 2-1 in one of the biggest surprises in the world. Globalism History of the cup.
Salem Al-Dossary pulled off a stunning winner to defeat the favorites, stopping the South American side’s 36-game unbeaten streak.
The win was well deserved as Saudi Arabia came from behind after Saleh Al-Shehri canceled out an early penalty from Lionel Messi.
Playing a risky high defensive line, the Saudi athletes had their luck in the first half when Argentina had the ball thrice into the net but it was denied by an offside call.
But in a chaotic start to the second half, the Saudis rallied all over Lionel Scaloni’s side and scored twice as the Arab team beat South America for the first time in five attempts.
In a first half in which Argentina dominated, it seemed only a matter of time before Saudi Arabia’s dangerous defensive tactics cost them.
This condensed the game into a patch of green grass around the halfway line as the Asian side happily allowed the Argentine defensive quartet to pass the ball between themselves.
Saudi Arabia appeared to be facing a long afternoon after the VAR intervened to award a penalty when Saud Abdulhamid Leandro Paredes wrestled to the ground in the penalty area at a corner.
Messi waited for goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais to drop to his left before rolling the ball into the opposite corner.
But if the Saudis become weary of the technology, it will later help keep them in the game.
Three times Argentina had the ball in the net but it was denied by stern offside calls, a first by the VAR.
There was no arguing about the equalizer three minutes into the second half, though, as Al-Shehri ran in with a touch from Firas Al-Braikan and beat Christian Romero on the outside and slotted the ball back through goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and into the far corner. .
The big Saudi squad exploded in Lusail Stadium – where the final match of the World Cup will be held – with joy.
Suddenly the Argentines shook and five minutes later the transformation was complete.
Al Dossary’s clever turn into the penalty area beat two defenders before chipping away at the third and firing an unstoppable shot into the far top corner.
The crowd was excited and Hassan Timbukti fired into the air in delight after his desperate tackle prevented Messi from a clear shot on goal.
Each of Al Owais’ saves, including a slam dunk from Nicolás Tagliafico’s close-range strike, was greeted with enthusiastic cheers.
There was late drama after Al Owais collided with Yasser Al Shahrani and seemed to knock him down as his knee hit the defender’s head.
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