The FIFA World Cup 2022 is underway, and we already have the first twist in the tale. Saudi Arabia, who was considered the underdog, defeated Argentina. They beat Argentina by 2-1. Lionel Messi was the one who scored for the men in blue and white and it was Saleh Alshehri and Salem Aldawsari scored for the team from the Middle East. Here is an in-depth look at how the game went and what the teams looked like.
Argentina Line Up for FIFA World Cup 2022:
E. Martinez (GK), Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico, De Paul, Paredes, Di Maria, Messi, Gomez, Martinez.
Saudi Arabia Line Up for FIFA World Cup 2022:
Al-Owais (GK), Abdulhamid, Tambakti, Al-Boleahi, Al-Shahrani, Al-Buraikan, Kanno, Al-Malki, Al-Faraj, Al-Dawsari, Al-Shehri
The first half of the game was significantly dominated by the Latin American team. They played good football. They stuck to the basics of moving the ball around. There were a few attempts too. Lionel Messi scored the first goal of the match in the 10th minute after a penalty was awarded in the 9th minute. Rest of the time the game was hung in balance. Rodrigo De Paul was a little aggressive like he naturally is. The Argentinians were nonchalantly toying with the ball. They showed their lazy elegance. This was one of the top moments of the FIFA World Cup 2022.
In the second half, a totally different team emerged. The Saudi Arabians were on fire. They played with the lion’s mentality. They attacked the opposition effectively. They were quick to retrieve the ball and also held possession for more time. The benefit of this approach was seen in the next 5 minutes. Saudi Arabia pulled one goal back. It was Saleh Alshehri who scored the equalizer in the 47th minute.
The boys from the middle-east kept attacking and within a span of a few minutes more, they scored another goal. It was Salem Aldawsari this time. Further, in the following minutes of the game, the Saudi Arabians defended effectively. Even the likes of Messi, Lisandro Martinez, and Di Maria couldn’t make an impact. The middle eastern team ended Argentina’s unbeaten run which lasted for over 520 days.
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