FIFA WC: Saudi Arabia shock Lionel Messi-led Argentina with 2-1 win

Saudi Arabia defeated Lionel Messi’s Argentina at the World Cup in Qatar.

The victory is the biggest win in the history of Saudi Arabian football, as the Kingdom defeated pre-tournament favourites Argentina with a 2-1 score.

Thousands of fans at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar cheered on Saudi Arabia against the South American football giants, as millions more in the Kingdom stopped to watch the historic match.

Lionel Messi put Argentina ahead with a penalty in the 10th minute before the Kingdom levelled through Saleh Al Shehri.

In the 54th minute Salem Al Dawsari wrote his name into the World Cup history books and achieved Saudi sporting immortality to put Saudi Arabia ahead.

The final half hour of the match, and a further 14 minutes of stoppage time saw the Green Falcons defend wave after wave of attacks from the attack-minded Argentina.

Argentina were heavy favorites to win the match, with many pundits and commentators picking them as one of the teams most likely to win the World Cup.

The two sides have met on four previous occasions, with the most recent affair coming back in November 2012 for an international friendly at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh.

The Kingdom has only reached the knockout stages of the World Cup once before, in 1994.

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