Argentina loses to Saudi Arabia in a shocking World Cup match, leaving Lionel Messi speechless.
In front of 88,012 spectators on Tuesday at Lusail Stadium, Saudi Arabia stunned Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, and won 2-1 after coming from behind.With a calmly executed spot
kick in the 10th minute, Messi handed Argentina, one of the tournament favorites, a lead.However, two goals early in the second half, including a spectacular goal
by Salem Al-Dawsari, altered the tide of the match and gave the Albiceleste little leeway against Mexico and Poland in their other Group C matches.Argentina was the clear favorite
going into the contest. Messi's penalty, awarded after a VAR review for pushing and shoving in the box, put them up early on and put them on track to match Italy's record
37-match unbeaten streak.Messi, who is competing in his fifth World Cup, outran Saudi Arabia's goalie Mohammed Al-Owais on a breakaway, but both of Lautaro Martinez's goals
and another one were disallowed due to Saudi Arabia's strong defensive line.Al-Dawsari curled in a scorching rocket from the edge of the penalty box in the 53rd minute,
leaving Argentina staring on in bewilderment. Saleh Al-Shehri sneaked in a low shot in the 48th minute.After that, Saudi Arabia had lots of possession, but Argentina was unable
to overcome them. Saudi Arabia was playing in their sixth World Cup, but they had never won the opening match. When Lisandro Martinez's effort deflected off Nicolas Tagliafico,
Al-Owais made a fine point-blank save to prevent Argentina from scoring, but Lionel Scaloni's team, who had four players older than 34 in their starting XI, appeared weary in the
final 30 minutes.Meanwhile, supporters of Saudi Arabia screamed "Messi is missing. He lost to us "as they rejoiced their unexpected victory.The game was postponed following
a brutal collision between Al-Owais and defender Yasser Al Shahrani, which saw Al Shahrani leave the field on a stretcher.
Saudi Arabia, the second-lowest-ranked team in the competition at 51st, was on the verge of a historic triumph.