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FIFA Update: Messi-led team Argentina stunned as Saudi Arabia wins Group C Opening game

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FIFA Fans were left in frenzy at the Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar after Saudi Arabia clinched a 2-1 win against Lionel Messi’s team, Argentina on Tuesday, November 22.

Argentina was leading during the first half but were left stunned after Saleh Al-Shehri squeezed in a low shot in the 48th minute.


Much to the disbelief of the crowd, at the 53rd minute, Salem Al-Dawsari curled in a scorching strike from the edge of the penalty area leaving the entire stadium, especially Messi, looking utterly shocked in the Group C opener.

The result of the game was a massive upset for Messi’s fans as the player is on his fifth and final quest for the only major trophy to elude him.

The 35-year-old footballer scored a 10th minute penalty in a dominant first half display alongside teammate Lautaro Martinez who helped attempt three goals only to be disallowed for offside.

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To celebrate their win, King Salman of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced Wednesday, November 23 to be a national holiday for all employees in both public and private sectors as well as for students in all educational stages.


Justin Aguilar

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