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Saudi Arabia stun Argentina in monumental World Cup upset

Saudi Arabia created one of the all-time upsets in World Cup history after coming from behind to beat one of the favourites and 2-time champions Argentina 2-1 on Tuesday.

Argentina were off to the perfect start after ten minutes when Lionel Messi became the first Argentine to score in four World Cups after a tenth minute penalty.

However, things took a dramatic twist four minutes into the second half when Saleh al-Shehri  scored in the 49th minute to level the contest. The Saudis then extended the lead four minutes later with a super strike from Salem al-Dawsari.

The result means 51st ranked Saudi Arabia are top of Group “C’ with three points and ended a 36 game unbeaten streak for the number three ranked South Americans.
Meanwhile, defending champions France had to come from behind to beat Australia 4-1 in their opening Group 'D' fixture at the FIFA  World Cup in Qatar on Tuesday.

After Craig Goodwin gave the “Socceroos” a 9th minute lead, Adrien Rabiot in the 27th and Olivier Giroud in the 32nd minute, sent the 2018 champions 2-1 up at half-time.

The 2-time world champions then showed their class in the second half as Kylian Mbappe made it 3-1.

Giroud who played the entire 2018 campaign without scoring, added another to become the joint leading all-time scorer for his country alongside Thierry Henry with 51 goals.

There were two goalless draws on the day; firstly a penalty save from Guillermo Ochoa spared the blushes of CONCACAF kingpins Mexico who battled with Poland.

Polish captain Robert Lewandowski after he was deemed to be impeded in the box, stepped up but failed convert in the 58th minute.

Mexico take on Argentina on Saturday, while Poland will meet group leaders Saudi Arabia. In the group “D’ opener, Denmark and a spirited Tunisia played  out a 0-0 draw. Both teams have a point ahead of their next matches on Saturday.

 

 



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