“A well-deserved victory, a combative performance and an Arab joy,” tweeted Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on hearing that Saudi Arabia beat Argentina.
In one of the greatest World Cup shocks in history, Saudi Arabia beat football favourites Argentina 2-1 in their Group C opener at the Lusail Stadium in Doha on Tuesday, November 22.
فوز مستحق .. أداء قتالي .. فرحة عربية .. ألف مبروووووك للمنتخب السعودي .. الذي أفرحنا وأمتعنا وأسعدنا … pic.twitter.com/kSt0BpVRRo
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) November 22, 2022
And all it took the Green Falcons were just five minutes of brilliance in the second half, when goals from Al Sehri and Al Dawsari gave the Saudis their biggest-ever victory in World Cup.
Lionel Messi’s first-half goal from a 10th minute penalty went in vain, while the Saudis were on point with their defense, cruising to a 2-1 victory.
This was only the fifth time that Saudi Arabia has scored two goals in a World Cup game. A 1-0 victory over Belgium in the 1994 World Cup was Saudi Arabia’s previous victory over a top team.
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 22, 2022