Al Owais again
Good arrival from Di María after a good pass from Messi, but the Saudi goalkeeper controlled the shot from Rosario.
Argentinian fourth change
Scaloni is looking for variants and now he placed Marcos Acuña for Tagliafico. Argentina dominates but is not clear against a rival that is defending with more and more people.
First reprimanded in Arabia
Abdulelah Almalki received the first booking of the match for a midfield foul.
Impressive cover by Al Owais
The Saudi goalkeeper saved his goal before a deflection from Tagliafico a meter from the goal. Argentina lost the tie.
Kick the board Scaloni
Three changes in Argentina: Lisandro Martínez, Enzo Fernández and Julián Álvarez in, Cuti Romero, Paredes and Papu Gómez out.
The second part is already played
The second half began with no changes to the teams, beyond what Arabia did in the first half.
End of the first stage
With Messi’s goal from a penalty, Argentina beat Saudi Arabia 1-0. Scaloni’s team dominated from start to finish, did not suffer in their goal and had three goals disallowed, two at Lautaro’s feet and another with the captain.
five minutes off
The first half is over. Due to the intervention of the VAR, the Slovenian referee gave a five-minute discount.
First change in Saudi Arabia
Due to an injury to Al Salman, the coach of Arabia Hervé Renard introduces the first change. The Saudi captain tried to test, but he can’t go on. Inside Nawaf Al Abid.
The Argentine domain is clear in this passage, but it costs the last stitch. That’s why the game is still 1-0. Di María had the second, but he arrived very forced and his touch was covered by the Saudi goalkeeper.
Incredible chance lost De Paul
After a header from Cuti Romero, the ball was served to De Paul at the penalty spot, but the former Racing midfielder finished off high. It was an unbeatable chance.
Second Argentine goal!!!
Great definition from Lautaro Martínez, who received great assistance from Papu Gómez and defined above the output of the Saudi goalkeeper.
Argentina dominates but does not arrive
Control of the game is from La Scaloneta, but it is difficult for them to break the Saudi defensive line. The clearest thing was a shot from Papu Gómez that went very high.
Arabia’s first approximation
The Saudis combined down the right until Al Saud sent a cross into the box that Dibu controlled easily at the near post. First ball touched by the Argentine goalkeeper in a quarter of an hour of play.
Possible penalty for Argentina
The referee checks a possible penalty for Argentina. They grabbed Paredes.
Argentina plays and plays waiting for Arabia to come out. The curious thing is that the last Saudi line stops far forward, seeking to leave the Argentine strikers offside. It can be a very big risk.
Already played in Qatar
Saudi Arabia moved and the World Cup has already begun for Argentina.
Messi, for Argentina, and Salman, for Saudi Arabia, already made the draw together with the Slovenian referee. All ready to go.
The anthem is already playing
The teams went out onto the field again and the Argentine anthem is already playing. As happened in the Copa América, the players follow him all hugging.
For the undefeated record
With 36 matches without losing, the Argentine National Team equaled with Italy the mark for the most unbeaten matches at international level. If he doesn’t lose to Saudi Arabia, he’ll keep the record alone.
Argentine fans poured into the Lusail Stadium. Albiceleste flags and shirts add a lot of color to the stands.
Coach Lionel Scaloni has already confirmed the starting eleven to debut in the World Cup against Saudi Arabia. Nicolás Tagliafico won the fight against Marcos Acuña and Alejandro Papu Gómez will take the place of the absent Giovani Lo Celso. Consequently, the team will form with Emiliano Dibu Martínez; Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi, Tagliafico; Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Gomez; Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martinez.