Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia: Messi’s side frustrated by underdog opener comeback

Argentina are frustrated by underdog Saudi Arabia’s comeback, Messi hits penalty, three goals from Argentina were disallowed in the first half. Saudia Arabia have ended Argentina’s 36-game unbeaten streak in the first game of the World Cup.

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Match Events

0′ The match is about to start!


2′ CLOSE! Messi’s shot denied


9′ Penalty Goal! Argentina 1-0 Saudi Arabia (Messi)


20′ CHANCE! Gomez’s long shot over the bar

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22′ OFFSIDE! Messi’s goal disallowed


27′ OFFSIDE AGAIN! Lautaro’s goal disallowed


35′ Disallowed! Lautaro scores but the goal is offside again


43′ MISS! De Paul shoots over the bar


47′ GOAL! Argentina 1-1 Saudi Arabia (Saleh Al-Shehri)


52′ GOAL! Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia (Salem Al Dawsari)


63′ MISS! Tagliafico’s shot denied


66′ Yellow Card! Abdulelah Al-Malki booked

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72′ CHANCE! Di Maria’s shot saved


80′ CLOSE! Messi’s free-kick over the bar


84′ MISS! Messi’s header saved


91′ CLOSE! Al-Amri makes goal-line clearance



Argentina XI: Messi, Gomez, Di Maria, Otamendi, E. Martinez, Tagliafico, Paredes, De Paul, Lautaro, Nahuel Molina, Romero

Subs: F. Armani, Gerónimo Rulli, Pezzella, Acuna, Dybala, Correa, G. Rodriguez, Exequiel Palacios, Gonzalo Montiel, Foyth, Mac Allister, Martinez, Thiago Almada, Julián Álvarez, Enzo Fernández

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Saudi Arabia XI: Salman Al Faraj, Yasir Al Shahrani, Salem Al Dawsari, Saleh Al-Shehri, Mohammed Al Owais, Mohammed Kanoo, Ali Albulayhi, Abdulelah Al-Malki, Firas Al-Buraikan, Hassan Tambakti, Saud Abdulhamid

Subs: Nawaf Al-Abed, Hattan Babhir, Abdullah Otayf, Abdullah Madu, Mohammed Al Burayk, Sultan Al-Ghannam, Abdulrahman Al-Oboud, Sami Al-Najei, Nasser Al-Dawsari, Abdulelah Al-Amri, Mohammed Al-Yami, Ali Al-Hassan, Nawaf Al-Aqidi, Haitham Asiri

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