Leo Messi desperate: the incredible photos Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia

La Albiceleste demurred off their hunt for glory in Qatar at the Lusail Stadium, where numerous had prognosticated their star commander could be lifting the jewel above on December 18.

But Messi and Co got their World Cup off to a agony start as Saudi Arabia recorded the topmost palm in their history as Saleh Al Shehri and Al Dawsari’s brilliant quickfire double secured a remarkable 2- 1 triumph.

The Gulf state had won only three of their former 16 matches on the world stage and looked set for another defeat when Messi scored a 10th nanosecond penalty.


The 35- time-old came only the fifth player to score at a four World Mugs, but this wasn't his or Argentina’s day as their 36- match unbeaten run came to a crashing end.

Lionel Scaloni’s men saw three first- half pretensions ruled out for offside and a brace of Saudi snivelers turned the game on its head within eight twinkles of the alternate half getting under way.

Al Shehri scored a fine low strike with the first shot of the game by Herve Renard’s side, who went ahead when Al Dawsari produced the kind of thing Messi would be proud of.

Saudi Arabia – cheered by their rumbustious support – dug deep from that point, throwing themselves in front of everything and goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais proved an inspired last line as they saw out an indelible palm.


The,012 inside the Lusail Stadium made an inconceivable noise from onset as the well- supported Argentinians faced a Saudi side backed by crowds that only had to hop across the border.

They did so more in stopgap further than anticipation and their mood was soon dampened by Messi – an minister for Saudi tourism.


Messi saw an early snap- shot saved by Al Owais and also beat the goalkeeper in the 10th nanosecond after Saud Abdulhamid was arbitrated to have held Leandro Paredes in the box.

The Paris St Germain star stepped up and dispatched the penalty, coolly transferring the ball left as Al Owais went the other way.


Messi beat the Saudi goalkeeper again in the 22nd nanosecond when opening his body and slotting home, only for the thing to be chalked off for offside.

Lautaro Martinez was denied two of his own for the same reason. The first was a pleasurable cropped trouble from Alejandro Gomez’s through- ball, the coming for sinning offside before skilfully beating Al Owais.


Saudi Arabia didn't muster so much as a shot in the first half but just three twinkles into the alternate period they stunned Argentina.

Messi was dispossessed and they snappily put Al Shehri through with a hopeful ball that ended with him taking a touch down from Cristian Romero and hitting a left- footed shot across Emiliano Martinez.


The large Saudi contingent went wild and the volume went up several notches in the 53rd nanosecond.

Argentina looked to have escaped peril when blocking a shot and seeing Al Dawsari head out towards the edge of the box, only to turn, weave down from peril and find the top-right corner with a beautiful strike.


It was an inconceivable moment that brought a blaring, guttural roar – as did every attack that followed, and the excellent Al Owais response save that denied Nicolas Tagliafico directing home.

The Saudi goalkeeper also kept out Angel Di Maria, contended off his line to clear up and also baffled Messi in an inspired display as his platoon- mates gave everything they had to frustrate Argentina.


Abdulelah Al Amri produced a thing- line concurrence ignorant offside would be called in cessation time, which was extended when Al Owais rattled platoon- mate Hatan Bahbri when clearing the ball.

The man of the match saved a Julian Alvarez title before the final whoosh went, sparking wild fests.

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