In one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history, Saudi Arabia scored a 2-1 win over Argentina, among the favorites to win the tournament with Lionel Messi on the roster.
Messi scored, all right, but that goal came in the 10th minute, and Saudi Arabia successfully used a pressing, fast-paced strategy. The loss was the first for Argentina in a World Cup opening appearance since 1990. For Saudi Arabia, the win was a first.
Saleh al-Shehri’s goal at 48 minutes and Salem al-Dawsari’s at 58 minutes complemented clutch saves by goalie Mohammed al-Owais to bring about the most improbable of results for a country that had only three wins in World Cup appearances before Tuesday. Argentina had won 36 straight matches.