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Saudi Arabia’s stunning upset of Argentina is quite possibly Asia’s greatest win in FIFA World Cup history

To everyone who has seen 2022 FIFA World Cup Group C opener Argentina When Saudi Arabia Just remember where you were on Tuesday around 2:13 PM AST (Arabic Standard Time). salem al dawsari In a sublime curling effort I chose the upper horn.

Or a little later, at around 3pm, the final whistle blew at Lusail Stadium.

These two moments are likely to be remembered as historic moments after Saudi Arabia pulls off a stunning upset from an enthusiastic Argentina. Beat South America 2-1 Arguing that it could very well be the Asian team’s biggest win at the World Cup.

But at first it didn’t seem so. Instead, things were going according to the script.

Argentina dominated from the opening whistle and took the lead Lionel Messi10-minute penalty, could have easily led more had it not been for the other three strikes ruled out for offside.

While Saudi Arabia played at a very high line, Argentina regularly circled behind their opponents’ defenses, watching on all sides in a matching course. Italy37 match unbeaten record in international football.

Saudi Arabia captain and amulet playmaker Salman al-Faraj They had to be substituted just before half-time due to an injury. It looked like it was going to be a long day for them.

But there’s always the chance that the script will be torn to pieces at the World Cup. The Green Falcons were certainly keen to do just that.

Three minutes after half-time there was a quick and direct advance after Messi lost possession at the halfway line. Sale Alsheri Free yourself in the area and find the bottom corner with an accurate finish on your left foot.

The strike drew rapturous cheers from Green Falcons devotees gathered at Lusail Stadium, perhaps hundreds of kilometers away, across Saudi Arabia. Draws come back at this stage, and this is a very big result.

There was more to follow – and that perhaps Saudi Arabia’s most talented player, the man who took over the armband from the injured Al-Faraj, it was Al-Dawsari who created individual glorious moments. Fires his side to a lead that even they probably didn’t believe.

Al-Shehri and Al-Dawsari weren’t the only heroes. Abdullah Al-Malki When Mohammed Kanno Indomitable in the middle of the park, Yasser Al-Shahrani resisted Angel Di Maria And even inflicted a heroic knee on the mandible that saw him replaced shortly after the goalkeeper died. Mohammed Al Owais — After a tense first half — appeared as a player of the match for his heroic performance in the second half 45.

Most of all, Saudi Arabia coach Herve Leonard deserves credit for being the mastermind behind a win that goes down as one of the greatest Asian teams in World Cup history.

Of course there was north koreaThe 1-0 upset against Italy in 1966 was the first Asian team to win the tournament. Saudi Arabia itself defeated Belgium in his 1994, and the famous player finished in his fourth place. Korea In 2002, they won the knockout stage against Italy and Spain.

In the last World Cup, South Korea also won 2-0. Germany Eliminated the then-champion from the tournament.

However, there was something different about this one.

None of those teams were as fanciful as Saudi Arabia heading into the contest.

And none of those opposition parties boasted the greatest players of all time in their quest for the first World Cup title in a swan song on football’s biggest arena.

There was also an element of conviction emanating from the Green Falcons.

They fell behind, but they responded, taking the game to a much better opponent and claiming a well-deserved victory.

Forget “probably”.

Saudi Arabia’s victory over Argentina on November 22, 2022 at 3pm AST is certainly Asia’s biggest win at the World Cup.

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