The Saudi national team caused one of the biggest upsets of the current World Cup in Qatar by beating Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the opening match of the tournament.
The Gulf state, currently ranked 51st in the world behind hosts Qatar, entered the tournament with low expectations in a group with Argentina, who were tipped for glory.
Unfortunately for Argentina, the underdogs sent the world’s number three ranked team crashing to the bottom of Group C with a stellar 2-1 win. Saudi Arabia’s win means Argentina’s 36-game winning streak has been snapped.
Lionel Messi first scored a penalty for Argentina in the first half, but Saudi Arabia quickly fought back with a fine finish from Saleh Al-Shehri in the 48th minute.
Saudi star Salem Al-Dawsari followed the equalizer with a rocket into the top corner a few minutes later.