Lionel Messi and Argentina have suffered a humiliating defeat to Saudi Arabia in their opening game of the 2022 World Cup.
Messi put the pre-tournament favourites ahead from the penalty spot – scoring at a World Cup for the fourth time – and Argentina had three goals disallowed in a dominant first half.
But La Albiceleste were left stunned as goals from Saleh Al Shehri and Salem Al Dawsari in the second half earned Saudi Arabia a stunning victory to blow Group C wide open.
Saudi Arabia are not even ranked inside the top 50 by FIFA and had won only three World Cup games prior to today, while Argentina were on a 36-match unbeaten run heading into this tournament.
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