But little did they know that the match would turn into one of the biggest upsets in the history of the World Cup. Yes, you read it right. Saudi Arabia caused one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history with a 2-1 win over Argentina.
Argentina’s last defeat was by Brazil in the semi-finals of the Copa America in July 2019. They are ranked third, 48 places above Saudi Arabia, by world football’s governing body FIFA.
Saudi Arabia equalised early in the second half through Saleh Al-Shehri, silencing the hordes of Argentina fans.
But just minutes later the Green Falcons were in front when Salem Al-Dawsari rifled an unstoppable shot into the top corner after a delightful piece of trickery.
The football fans across the world took to Twitter to heap praise on Saudi Arabia after the Asian side left the Copa America champions Argentina shocked with come from behind victory.
Congratulations Saudi Arabia!!You’ve ended Argentinas unreal 36 unbeaten streak. 😳 The magic of the beautiful W… https://t.co/h2vhxCsVxb
— Castro1021 (@Castro1021) 1669119223000
One picture, two different emotions #FIFAWorldCup #Qatar2022 #ARGKSA #ARGvsKSA #Messi #Argentina #SaudiArabia https://t.co/kwZT0zDmFz
— Vaibhav Sharma (@vaibhav_4x) 1669119431000
What a result for an Asian side! Superb performance by Saudis. They made it happen. They have a new fan! Hopefully… https://t.co/qTeZ7NBd4q
— Anirudh Thapa (@AnirudhThapa) 1669120619000
Nothing but really feeling sad for this man. Heart breaking 💔🥺😢😭#Argentina #Messi #QatarWorldCup2022 #ARGSAU https://t.co/hY4ZrhAZHI
— Ish Wor (@Ishwor010) 1669120762000
Historical day for Asian football ⚽Well played Saudi Arabia 👌🏻❤️🇸🇦 #SaudiArabia #ARGKSA #ARGvsKSA #Argentina https://t.co/PHevoZzHZ3
— GkhanU 🇵🇰🇦🇫🇹🇷 (@Goharkh43171681) 1669120483000
Thoroughly deserved win for Saudi Arabia. Coach deserves huge credit. Shows what a well drilled, organised side can do
— Mark Goldbridge (@markgoldbridge) 1669118982000
Congratulations Saudi Arabia on wonderful win against Argentina. Don’t miss the moment. #FIFAWorldCup https://t.co/UflorN6zxb
— trey 〽️ (@honest_papito) 1669120578000
What an incredible moment for Saudi Arabia and Salem Al-Dawsari. One of the great World Cup shocks. KSA end Argenti… https://t.co/KKV5Zoo2J4
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) 1669119003000
Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦, a team ranked 51st in the world has ended Argentina’s unbeaten run of 36 games. Argentina 🇦🇷 are r… https://t.co/SjzBZZjDcS
— Usher Komugisha (@UsherKomugisha) 1669119333000
Unbelievable! Argentina fall 1 game shy of Italy’s all-time unbeaten streak record, after losing to Saudi Arabia.… https://t.co/FHP4t9HXFX
— Adriano Del Monte (@adriandelmonte) 1669118848000
What a story! Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 have ended Argentina’s 🇦🇷 36 game unbeaten run. The mastermind……Herve Renard… https://t.co/ocS69e3kRF
— Mimi Fawaz (@MimosaFawaz) 1669119058000
What a result and performance from Saudi Arabia against Argentina #KSAARG #FIFAWorldCup
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) 1669118965000
FT: 🇦🇷 Argentina 1️⃣-2️⃣ Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦𝐀 𝐑𝐄𝐒𝐔𝐋𝐓 𝐓𝐇𝐀𝐓 𝐖𝐈𝐋𝐋 𝐆𝐎 𝐃𝐎𝐖𝐍 𝐈𝐍 𝐇𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐎𝐑𝐘!Saudi Arabia engineered the bigge… https://t.co/G7AfdVDxsR
— #AsianCup2023 (@afcasiancup) 1669118888000
ALL OVER! THE IMPOSSIBLE IS NOT SAUDI! 🇸🇦Saudi Arabia are the first ever Arab and Asian nation to beat Argentina… https://t.co/O9zumMqHBf
— Basit Javed (@bjaved508) 1669119792000