Only a minute had elapsed into the game when Messi had his first great chance. The ’10’ hooked a ball and Al-Owais responded well by stretching to avoid the goal. However, Argentina kept pressing and the Slovenian referee Vincic went to the monitor to see a fall by Paredes inside the area.

The Argentine soccer player falls and there is a grab, although it seems too slight to award a penalty. The referee who whistled the maximum penalty did not think the same and Messi managed to make his debut as a scorer in the 10th minute of his first game in Qatar. The PSG star completely fooled the Saudi goalkeeper, who was already on the ground before Leo made contact with the ball.

Saudi Arabia was brave and looked for its options with an advanced defense that also made Argentina’s job easier. Messi, again, and Lautaro Martínez got two goals that were canceled for offside. The one from the Inter Milan striker is very fair, but according to the realization his shoulder is a few centimeters forward.

History repeated itself over and over again. Error of the Saudi team in their own half and fast against Argentina that only ended up offside. Lautaro Martínez scored again, but he was ahead again and this goal was also cancelled. There were three in total in a first half in which La Albiceleste was superior, but in which Saudi Arabia managed to reach the break alive.

Before the first half was over, Hervé Renard lost captain Al-Faraj to injury. However, the good news for Saudi Arabia would arrive after the intermission. The courage of the Asian team had its reward in the 48th minute after a loss by Messi in midfield. The ball reached Al-Shehri, who was faster than Romero, and beat ‘Dibu’ Martínez with a cross shot.

The goal affected, and a lot, Argentina. Only five minutes of cartoon action by Al-Dawsari served for Saudi Arabia to complete the comeback. The other ’10’ receives, looks for space, leaves behind a couple of defenders and puts the ball in the squad. The Al-Hilal forward scored the 1-2 and one of the goals that will be the World Cup in Qatar.

Scaloni reacted by making a triple change. He put in Julián Álvarez, Enzo Fernández and Lisandro Martínez for Papu Gómez, Leandro Paredes and Cristian Romero. Argentina turned on the Saudi box and Al-Owais made a great save to avoid Tagliafico’s point-blank equalizer.

Hervé Renard’s team endured the pressure from La Albiceleste. Saudi Arabia temporized as the minutes passed and time ran out for those of Scaloni. Without ideas, nervous and with an Arab defense that prevailed in each of the actions. Messi also did not find his place between a very crowded defense and Argentina agonized without pain or glory. Failure in the first game of the World Cup for one of the great favourites.

Source: Elespanol

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