Lionel Messi He quickly made an impact in Argentina’s fifth World Cup opener – and possibly final, scoring from the penalty spot in the 10th minute.
Messi joins Antonio Carvajal, Lothar Mateus and Rafael Marquez as the only players to have appeared in five World Cups and joins Pele, Uwe Seller and Miroslav Klose. Cristiano Ronaldo They are the only players to have scored a goal in four World Cups. Messi is the first Argentine to achieve either of these two feats.
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Here are the top plays from Tuesday’s group stage.
Second minute: very close to an early goal!
It took just over 100 seconds of play in the 2022 World Cup for Messi to score his first shot on goal, but an amazing one-handed save from the Saudi Arabia keeper. Mohammed Al Owais I kept the game scoreless.
Minute 10: Allow him to reintroduce himself
After Argentina were awarded a penalty after a VAR in the 10th minute, Messi stepped up and easily scored his first goal of the 2022 World Cup.
Lionel Messi scores a cross in the tenth minute for Argentina to advance 1-0 over Saudi Arabia
Argentine Lionel Messi scored a penalty kick in the 10th minute after Saudi Arabia’s Mohamed Kanu fouled.
The twenty-second minute: Messi almost scored again!
The Argentine star looked like he had pulled away from his second goal of the match, but was barely offside. The ruling was upheld in the video assistant referee.
Twenty-seventh minute: The last close misses
It left Argentina looking for their second goal after that Lautaro Martinez The result was also a narrow offside rule.
35th minute: Offside again
Argentina scored the back-netting four times in the first half, but Messi’s 10th-minute penalty remains the only actual score thanks to three goals nullified by offside calls.
According to OptaAnalyst, Argentina have been caught offside seven times in this match already. It was the last team to have more in a World Cup match Holland against. Costa Rica in 2014 with 13 offside calls.
The 49th minute (the first half of extra time) is a big loss for the Saudis
Saudi Captain Salman Al-Faraj He went down with an apparent injury before half time. With the Saudis already under pressure thanks to Messi’s early goal, it could be a major blow to the underdog’s chances of pulling off an upset.
Minute 48 (second half): Saudi Arabia restricts it!
Saudi Saleh Al-Shehri runs a beautiful ball to level the score by one goal and suddenly Argentina are on their heels.
Minute 53: Saudi Arabia leads!
The Saudis suddenly knocked on the door of one of the biggest surprises of the World Cup ever, after a laser from Salem Al-Dosari, to go up 2-1.
The 63rd minute: A great block keeps the Saudis ahead
Another superb save from Mohammed Al Owais kept Saudi Arabia ahead as Argentina pushed for an equaliser.
83rd minute: Messi almost missed
Argentina still looked forward to achieving an equalizer and avoiding a catastrophic surprise, but Messi’s free kick went over the crossbar and headed it two minutes later, which was saved by Al Owais.
92nd minute: mad save
The Saudi defense line’s incredible saves keep them ahead as Argentina continue to press for a goal:
Minute 101: Another Saudi saves the surprise!
Al Owais delivered another stunning jump save, helping Saudi Arabia pull off one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history over Argentina.
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