Saudi Arabia on Tuesday staged one of the biggest upsets in world football as they beat Lionel Messi-starrer Argentina in their opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Saudi Arabia defeated the former world champions 2-1 to move on top of the Group C points table. Messi scored the first goal of the game to provide Argentina with an early lead, however, the match turned upside down in the second half when the Saudis netted two back-to-back goals to seal the stunning victory.
Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al-Dawsari scored two goals for Saudi Arabia in the 48th and 53rd minutes of the match. Saudi Arabia has now become the first non-European team to beat Argentina at the World Cup since Cameroon in 1990. After the game, netizens flooded social media with memes and jokes celebrating Saudi Arabia's unbelievable victory over Argentina. Here's how football fans reacted after Saudi Arabia defeated Argentina in the Group C opener on Tuesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo enjoying himself right now 😂 pic.twitter.com/ZOZPdD5DKn— football shithousery (@FootballMissess) November 22, 2022
Klopp watching Saudi Arabia using the high line: pic.twitter.com/aHxjROAs2y— Samuel (@SamueILFC) November 22, 2022
Saudi Arabia against Argentina pic.twitter.com/XhD5iFTdWM— Troll Football (@TrollFootball) November 22, 2022
People who bet on Saudi to win. pic.twitter.com/QVof7EKyot— Master Baker (@MasterBaker100) November 22, 2022
Saudi Arabia against Argentina pic.twitter.com/Uj4VEaaSwR— Man a Machine (@czlowiekmaszyna) November 22, 2022
Messi scored the goal for Argentina in the 10th minute after his team was awarded a penalty following a foul on Paredes. Messi managed to send the ball into the back of the net as Saudi goalkeeper Al Owais dived the wrong way. Argentina scored three more goals inside halftime but all of them were overturned for offside. Saudi Arabia could manage to hit the ball on target in the first 45 minutes but they returned in the second half with the intent to score. Both their shots were on target in the second half, which helped them close the lead against Argentina.
Mexico and Poland from Group C also locked horns against each other in the other game on Tuesday. The match ended in a draw with both sides failing to score a goal, thus securing just one point each. The Group D match between Denmark and Tunisia also ended in a draw, despite 24 shots in the game. This is the most number of shots recorded in a goalless draw at the World Cup since Netherlands vs Costa Rica in 2014. Meanwhile, the Group B match between USA and Wales ended in a 1-1 draw. The USA took the lead by scoring in the 36th minute but an equalizer by Gareth Bale in the 82nd minute saw the match end in a draw. Here's a meme recap of all games from Tuesday.
No one:— Troll Football (@Troll_Fotballl) November 22, 2022
Literally no one:
Argentina fans praying for a draw between Poland and Mexico: pic.twitter.com/Eqvb2BKLy6
Football fans and Mexico fans watching the legendary Guillermo Ochoa make a penalty save against Poland pic.twitter.com/SqoiE8XeU5— Kojo Darko🇬🇭 (@kojodarkoo) November 22, 2022
The Poland-Mexico match ends in a draw, the best result for Argentina 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/ZUb7jENYoV— Ankur (@AnkurMessi_) November 22, 2022
The referee in the USA Vs Wales game pic.twitter.com/JJYzW2ga1s— Has the Referee or VAR made a poor decision? (@PoorEPLreferees) November 21, 2022
Me watching Tunisia Denmark on a propped up phone on the table in the canteen pic.twitter.com/ZoGeg0RqKf— Ciaran (@ps2startupintro) November 22, 2022
Me leaving work early to go watch second half of Denmark and Tunisia match! pic.twitter.com/96xtc9VGKK— Khotso 🇧🇷 (@tivytave) November 22, 2022